Hotel at a Glance: The Historic Natural Bridge Hotel and Conference Center
This sprawling colonial-style hotel rests in the lush Shenandoah Valley, just a scenic hike from a natural limestone bridge. Also nearby, you can explore a network of underground caverns that go more than 30 stories below ground.
- Three onsite restaurants: Chefs use ingredients from local farms to craft traditional southern entrees.
- Comfy digs: Stay in a room with view of the Blue Ridge Mountains, or opt for a Veranda room with access to a patio.
- Sip craft beers from local breweries at The Red Fox Tavern.
- Activities: Some options include an activity such as kayaking, hiking, or tubing.
Rockbridge County, Virginia: Stunning Rock Formations in Shenandoah Valley
An ancient limestone bridge serves as the centerpiece of the aptly named Rockbridge County, which is tucked in Shenandoah Valley amid breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Natural Bridge—which formed from the remnants of a cavern that collapsed some 15 million years ago—is more than 20 stories tall and 90 feet long. The land it stands on is said to have once belonged to Thomas Jefferson.
The area surrounding the bridge is studded with old growth forests that make for picturesque hikes. Along Cedar Creek Trail, you might spot colorful wildflowers and exotic butterflies. More than 300 feet below ground, the Natural Bridge Caverns remained undiscovered until the late 1970s. Today, you can explore the caverns to see massive stalagmites and a dome that formed thousands of years ago.