Cedar Creek Trail

Cedar Creek Trail 2Included with your Natural Bridge ticket purchase, take a leisurely stroll to the Bridge and beyond on our oldest and most well-known trail. Originally constructed in 1926, the trail begins at Cascade Falls near the Gatehouse Pavilion & Grill, passes under the Natural Bridge, and follows the creek to Lace Falls—a luscious 30+ foot cascade—for a total walking distance of about a mile on relatively flat land.

The trail’s namesake, Cedar Creek, begins on Short Hills just a few miles northeast of the Bridge, and ends at the James River a few miles south. It is thought the creek entered a cavern millions of years ago and, over time, eroded much of the underlying limestone rock to sculpt the Bridge. Saltpeter Cave

The creek and the surrounding land is now an important part of the ecosystem. Look and listen for birds such as Common Raven, Louisiana Waterthrush, and Green Heron. Watch the creekbed for Queen Snakes and Northern Water Snakes, and look to the forest floor for wildflowers such as Large-flowered Trillium, Jack-in-the- Pulpit, and Wild Columbine. Butterflies like the Red-spotted Purple, Eastern Comma, and several species of swallowtail, are common here. Be sure to visit the Monacan Indian Living History Exhibit and other historical points of interest on your walk, including an old saltpeter mine used during the War of 1812 and the Civil War for collecting raw materials for gunpowder production, and the Lost River, a mysterious underground channel of water that now spills into Cedar Creek.


Jan. 1 – Mar. 5:                                             7-Day Operation: 9am –4pm

Mar. 6 – Mar. 26:                                         7-Day Operation: 9am –6pm

Mar. 27 – Apr. 14:                                          7-Day Operation: 8am – 8pm

Apr. 15 – May 14:                                          7-Day Operation: 8am –8:30pm

May 15 – May 28:                                          7-Day Operation: 8am –9pm

May 29 – Labor Day:                                    7-Day Operation: 8am – 9pm

Day after Labor Day – Oct. 10:                7-Day Operation: 9am – 8pm

Oct. 11 – End of Daylight Saving:           7-Day Operation: 9am – 7pm

Day after Daylight Saving – Nov. 30:   7-Day Operation: 9am – 6pm

Dec. 1 – Dec. 31:                                               7-Day Operation: 9am – 4pm


* Inclement Weather: We follow Rockbridge County Public School winter closure/delay schedule. When in doubt, please check this link: https://www.alertrockbridge.com/latest.php .

* Shuttle service availability to/from the Bridge cannot be guaranteed in the winter months. If this service is required during the months of November through March, please call on the day you plan to visit for the latest update: 540-291-2121 Option 3

* For Group Day Tours, please contact tours@naturalbridgeva.com

* For Group Overnight Tours & Trips, please contact lruss@naturalbridgeva.com

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