Guilt-Free Getaway: Wild Side of Natural Bridge

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    Wild Side of Natural Bridge

    There are so many ways to have fun in the Natural Bridge area. Getaway guilt-free this fall as you visit the Natural Bridge, a spectacular immense natural wonder and nature trail; and dig into more nearby guilt-free fun, priced from free to value-packed!
    Natural Bridge Caverns

    Cascade Falls and Natural Bridge

    Walk beside Cascade Falls or shuttle down into the ravine to see the spectacular National Historic Landmark and natural wonder, the Natural Bridge. Spend the day visiting the Natural Bridge and its group of attractions all on one ticket: the Natural Bridge & Cedar Creek Trail, with its Monacan Indian Village, and Lace Falls; Natural Bridge Caverns; and on-site museums.  Stop for a snack or lunch at the Cedar Creek Café.  After you’ve done it all, have a relaxing dinner in the Colonial Dining Room (reservations recommended). Then, wander back down to the Bridge at sunset for the presentation of the “Drama of Creation”. Stay at the Natural Bridge Hotel for the night, or check into a cabin at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Camp Resort.

    Explore the Natural Side

    Pick up lunch at the Archway Grill before venturing south to Buchanan’s Twin River Outfitters for a paddle or float down the river.  After breathing in the crisp fall air, return to Natural Bridge for dinner at the Cedar Creek Café or the Colonial Dining Room.  Drive just up the road to the Natural Bridge Speedway for Saturday night racing through mid-October. Or, walk historic Lexington by way of a Haunting Tales Tour offered Saturday and Sunday nights through Halloween. Hull’s Drive-in is classic family entertainment. See new flicks each Friday-Sunday night through the end of October.

    Virginia Safari Park

     Continue exploring our wild side with a visit through the Virginia Safari Park.  Drive through or ride on the hay wagon and feed the animals.  Before heading home, detour up to the Blue Ridge Parkway for a scenic fall drive and hiking. If heading south toward Roanoke, you’ll see some of the area’s highest peaks (Thunder Ridge, mp 74.7; Apple Orchard Mountain, mp 76.5), and can stop at the Visitor Center and self-guided trail at mp 63.7, or at Peaks of Otter, mp 84-87. At 83.4, hike the Fallingwater Cascades National Scenic Trail.  If you’re heading north toward I-64, stop at mp 8.8 for the self-guided nature trail at the Greenstone Parking Overlook, and at mp 5.8, the Humpback Rocks Visitor Center and mountain farm museum with costumed interpreters.  All free!
    This getaway was submitted by Natural Bridge Hotel & Conference Center. See for more travel opportunities at Natural Bridge.
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