NATURAL BRIDGE, Va. (WFXR) — Just 30 minutes from Roanoke, right by the Blue Ridge Mountains with views of the James River, the fun at Natural Bridge State Park is more than surface deep.
“It is massive and it is beautiful,” said Kim Aument, who visited the park with her sister, Carol Meder.
Aument and Meder are just two of the thousands of visitors who travel every year to see the natural 215-foot arch formed by Cedar Creek.
“It’s always fun to find different places along the way,” said Meder. “I like to travel off the major highways and see different things I’ve never seen before.”
“The deepest part of the cave that we go is 347 feet,” explained Jennifer Shanks, a tour guide for The Caverns at Natural Bridge.
The caverns run 34 stories deep and were carved long ago by flowing water. The still-active caves give a glimpse into the underground world of stalactites and stalagmites.
“I actually had one kid down here last week who asked if there are any cave goblins,” Shanks said. “So it’s kind of fun to ignite that curiosity spark in the kids and even in the adults too.”
Back on the surface, the kids can do some gem mining, before the adults get to kick back for a bit.
Nathan Bailey owns Great Valley Farm, a winery and brewery just far enough off the beaten path.
“We get a lot of local clientele, but we get a lot of tourists as well,” said Bailey. “After you’ve seen the sites, grab a glass of wine or a beer and just relax.”
Then it’s time to book your next trip — because you’ll want to go back.