Cedar Creek and Natural Bridge
The Cedar Creek Trail is paved from the Cedar Creek Café to the Lace Waterfall. A round trip totaling 1.8 miles of easy walking. The only requirements are sturdy walking shoes and water. There is no access to drinking water once on the trail.
All the rock along the trail is made of limestone. As groundwater slowly dissolved the limestone, the cavern was formed. Eventually, Cedar Creek started to flow through and continued to make the cave wider and wider. This lead to a collapse that left only a small portion of the ceiling standing, which we now know as the Natural Bridge.
From the walkway, halfway under the bridge, you will see a survey marker. This indicates the spot where the first survey was conducted in 1750. According to legend, George Washington was part of the surveying crew and climbed about 20feet up the cliff and carved his initials into the rock. Looking across the creek you will see a white box and inside will be “GW”.
Thomas Jefferson purchased 157 acres, which included the bridge from King George on July 5, 1774, for 20 shillings. Upon his death, the land had many owners until September 24, 2016, when Virginia took ownership and made this a state park.
Additional points of interest along the trail include:
Monacan Living History Exhibit – interpreters dressed in period clothing demonstrating cooking techniques, farming practices, and other shills utilized in 1699.
Saltpeter Cave – the cave was formed when a bend in the creek washed away a soft layer of rock
The Lost River – an underground stream but its point of origin and destination are still unknown despite many attempts to find them.
Lace Waterfall – the last point of interest. The waterfall marks the far end of the original acreage owned by Thomas Jefferson.
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