A Natural Bridge SOL Compliant Trip
US 11 & 130, 15 Appledore Lane
Natural Bridge, VA 24578 (540) 291-2121
Top to bottom, Virginia’s best field trip! The Natural Bridge, a National Historic Landmark & Civil War Trails site, serves as a teacher’s bridge to History, Biology, Geology, and Geography. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Compte de Rochambeau, Hudson River School painters, Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War, over the years the ancient nature-sculpted masterpiece has cast a rich history in its shadow along the historic Cedar Creek Nature Trail.
There’s no other place that surrounds students with so many subjects. Formed by the fingers of nature, the winds whisper through the majestic portal stories of America’s beginning. Walk the trail of Monacan Indian history, colonial America, and Civil War battles. Visit the Monacan Indian Living History Village; learn about Woodland Indians from engaging on-site Interpreters. Get up close to hundreds of colorful butterflies; learn about their life cycle with a guide in Virginia's new, largest butterfly garden, "Butterflies At The Bridge".
Then journey beneath the earth’s surface with a guide to explore more Natural History in the deepest caverns on the east coast where formations are still growing drip by drip. Natural Bridge Caverns, and adjacent museums offer more opportunities to delve into both Natural and American History.
Guided or self-guided tours of the Natural Bridge, and the Cedar Creek Nature Trail bring to life the history and science of this unique monument of nature. Day visitors enjoy a free chaperone program, affordable box lunches, and Virginia SOL Compliant attractions for grades K through 12.
Stay longer, overnight at the Natural Bridge Hotel. Visit historic Lexington, nearby fun & educational attractions; canoe, tube, kayak; hike the Appalachian Trail and National Forest trails.
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