Instead of Black Friday shopping, many outdoors lovers flocked to Natural Bridge State Park

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NATURAL BRIDGE, Va (WFXR) — Many people in our viewing area decided to skip shopping for Black Friday deals. Instead, they took to the great outdoors.

Many people flocked to the Natural Bridge to take in the scenery and to get away from the large crowds and the noise of the city.

“I can’t think of anything other than the Natural Bridge that’s like more intrinsically part of Virginia… so I feel like it’s so appropriate that this is a State Park now.”

Kayla Capps – Visiting the Natural Bridge State Park

“We have some friends visiting and want to show them these great natural sights we have here in Virginia, and myself to learn more about it and bring my family out and have a good time spending time together.

Jared King – Visiting the Natural Bridge State Park

Natural Bridge State Park requires masks to be worn in all facilities and where ever social distancing is not possible.

“This is the perfect place I think to be… during a period where we need to social distance, cause there’s a lot of space.”

Kayla Capps – Visiting the Natural Bridge State Park

“I mean given the type of year we’ve had so far I think people have been couped up, and people want to get out… and this is one of the few things I think people feel safe and comfortable doing.”

Jenna Bowen – Lodging at Natural Bridge Station

People there today have either been camping or are renting cabins to spend the holiday weekend with family and friends.

“Well… we rented a cabin for Thanksgiving up here at Natural Bridge Station, just to get away, me and the family it’s about ten of us, and… I mean we love being outdoors we love getting exercise.”

Jenna Bowen – Lodging at Natural Bridge Station

“We’re going to meet up with some friends later for dinner, we’re camping with friends here… so, we’ll meet them up for dinner later and then see what tomorrow brings, enjoy the weekend.”

John Ingold – Camping at Natural Bridge State Park

Everyone we spoke with said it’s nice to see people getting outside and enjoying time with family and friends. Several mentioned the great weather we’re having today.

“It’s a good family time, so… it’s good to come out and be out in nature”

“…and see people out and about”

“Yeah, everybody is kind of doing their thing and still enjoying their time together.”

Brandi and John Ingold – Camping at Natural Bridge State Park

“It’s not that cold and I thought it was going to be very cold.”

Alena Caldwell – Lodging at Natural Bridge Station

“…yeah, we got lucky with the weather.”

Jenna Bowen – Lodging at Natural Bridge Station

To find out more information on Natural Bridge State Park and events like the Festival of Trees, check out its website by clicking here.

You can also find information and follow Natural Bridge State Park on its Facebook page by clicking here.

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