The town of Natural Bridge is named after the arch found here that is formed from
limestone over many years. The town is classed as an unincorporated community
and lies in Rockbridge County, 149 miles east of Virginia’s capital, Richmond.
The Natural Bridge State Park is a must-do, where you can take a walk with your pup along some of the six miles of trails and seek out the town’s namesake, a 15-foot tall limestone bridge carved out by Cedar Creek. Your dog is permitted here, but must be kept leashed and always clean up after him. There is a small admission fee per person, but once in, you have access to the beautiful forest, trails, the living history museum and gift shop on site. In season, you may be lucky enough to see the 30-foot Lace Falls in action!
Dining out with pup is no problem in Natural Bridge, with three
restaurants at the Natural Bridge Hotel and Conference Centre that allow your
dog to sit by you at one of the outdoor tables. The Red Fox Tavern offers up a
traditional menu and beautiful views of the Blue Ridge Mountains from the
patio. The Colonial Dining Room is open for breakfast and dinner and
specialises in Southern delights and buffet-style eating. For something quick
to grab as you head out for the day, the Archway Deli has a selection of
sandwiches, salads, soup, pizza and baked goods ready for you.
There are also plenty of pet-friendly places to stay in Natural Bridge; C&O Caboose, Natural Bridge/Lexington KOA, Virginia Log Cabin, Virginia’s Natural Bridge Park and Historic Hotel, Relax Inn and Budget Inn to name a few. The Natural Bridge Animal Hospital is open six days a week, so help is not far away if your pup feels unwell.
so much to see and places to explore around Natural Bridge, you and your dog
are sure to have a pup-tastic time here!