National Parks / Natural World
Natural Bridge State Park North Adams
Where are we going today?
There are some pretty impressive natural wonders, formations, and landscapes across the USA - so why not visit one with a pretty awesome claim to fame!
The Natural Bridge State Park is in Massachusetts, and it's the ONLY naturally formed white marble arch in the entire USA! Not only that, it's the only mad-made white marble dam in the country too. That's very cool - and YOU can visit it!
Natural Bridge State Park is 48 acres of natural wonder, where you can explore formations and geological sites that were formed around...wait for it....550 MILLION years ago! The bridge was carved into the shape of an arch by glacial melts around 13,000 years ago, and if you want to show your kids the best place in New England to demonstrate glacial effects, this is the place!
The bridge covers right across Hudson Brook, and then dramatically twists and tumbles right through a 60ft deep gorge.
In summer, there are park interpreters that are on hand to explain all about the park, the formation, and the natural forces that all had a role in making the Natural Bridge State Park what it is today. There is a .25 mile walkway above and through the chasm, as well as a .5 mile wooded walking trail, which is a great way for the family to spend time in nature.
You can also enjoy tours through an abandoned marble quarry too!
So why not get out and explore an amazing part of the country on your next family day out - the Natural Bridge State Park is waiting for you, so get those exploring shoes on!
How much does it cost?
- Adults$5 for parking, $6 a non-MA vehicle
When can we go?
9am - 5pm
Memorial Day to Columbus Day
Guided tours are available for school groups, so why not brig them down and explore some pretty incredible geology!.
Any Top Tips?
Keep in mind swimming is prohibited, because the conditions are dangerous. You also can't climb the rocks..
Need a little extra help?
Handicapped vehicles are free of charge, but use your own discretion when it comes to the trails and how accessible they are.
You can rent the park for special events if you like!.
What people are saying?
by Chuck Masterson
More like a one lane driveway with a paved parking lot in a field. Take a hike. The old built trail is closed so the new trail follows a deer path meandering over hill and dale. The Natural Bridge about a half mile away is impressive and includes a cool (chilly) cave formation that Indians used to store their beer......or what have you. The bathrooms are in good order. The trail from the parking lot is still grass covered, so don't expect Devils Lake style crowds.
by Nathan Riesen
Nice short hike to the
Main attraction. Has a restroom but. I additions facilities. The drive to the park from 12 is beautiful. Pretty slick park on BFE
by John Adamowski
This is not a huge park but has a few short trails with signage relating to Native American usage of the various plants, shrubs and trees. The Natural Bridge is worth the walk of .3 miles. The trail continues past the Bridge and ends in a beautiful overlook.
by Pang Yang
There is a map on the little shelter in the glass. It's kind of an old map because it took us around a bit more bit it did the job. It took us only 5-7 minutes to get to the beautiful natural bridge. There are bathrooms there.
by A Google User
Small park, but the natural bridge is cool. The only frustrating thing was the signage: it is cryptic at best, absent at worst.