Cedar Creek Trail

EASY 43 reviews

Cedar Creek Trail is a 2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Natural Bridge, Virginia that features a waterfall. The trail is good for all skill levels offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
387 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

road biking

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

bugs

muddy

historic site

The Cedar Creek Trail begins with the walk down Cascade Creek and ends about a mile later at Lace Falls. Natural Bridge is included in the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trails Peaks of Otter Loop. The Cedar Creek Trail begins with the walk down Cascade Creek and ends about a mile later at Lace Falls. Natural Bridge is included in the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trails Peaks of Otter Loop.

hiking
17 days ago

hiking
25 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

The wife and I spent a whole weekend hiking Natural Bridge Cedar Creek trail & The Caverns plus Monacan trail then we went to Crabtree Falls. We also hopscotched different trails on Skyline drive. Friday was not so crowded here but Saturday up at Skyline Drive was extremely crowded. This Trail and the Arch is super beautiful this time of year. Very beautiful place that is well maintained. The main building at the State Park has it all. To get to the Natural Bridge Arch there are tons of steps but they do provide a shuttle to the bottom of the gorge if they need it. The rest of the 2 mile out and back hike is very easy and the trail ends at a waterfall. On this trail there is a cave. If you duck down low you can get in it. Be sure to get a Combo Pass which includes the caverns at Natural Bridge which is a minute up Route 11. If you have to weigh for the cavern tour then hike the small trail up to the vent shaft. You may see the Bats.

1 month ago

Most scenic trail I've ever seen!
Beautiful place for a wedding too!

hiking
2 months ago

A great easy hike to stretch our legs on a long drive. My dog was the only dog on the trail and he enjoyed getting all the attention from everyone else. The bridge is beautiful and the area is well cared for.

hiking
2 months ago

Park at 37* 37.722'N and 079* 32.602'W and enter the Natural Bridge State Park building. Go straight in to the ticket counter and buy the $8.00 ticket (no discounts). Turn left and walk down the long staircase and out the back door on the bottom level then continue walking back to the "Stairways Entrance to Natural Bridge". Go down the steps and at the bottom a ranger will take your ticket, sign it, and return it to you. This is the start of the Cedar Creek Trail. In one minute you'll see the natural bridge, which is far more massive than these pictures show. You can get excellent photographs from both sides of the arch. The trail follows Cascade Creek. If you have children they'll enjoy seeing all of the fish in the creek, which are fairly easy to spot. Along the way back to Lace Falls (one mile walk with very mild upgrade) you'll encounter an early settlement exhibit, a saltpeter mine, the lost river (small cave with a river that can't be traced), and pleasant views of the creek. If you're there just for the natural bridge you'll see it about 10 minutes after buying your ticket. Spend some time there to take it all in. I recommend taking in all of the sights back to the falls (since you paid to do it) and it's such an easy walk. The trail is flat and smooth all the way back to the falls and it has numerous spots where children can explore the creek so this trail is great for strollers and wheelchairs.

2 months ago

Great family hike

walking
3 months ago

Beautiful

walking
3 months ago

4 months ago

scenery is amazing

walking
4 months ago

walking
4 months ago

super easy, fun trail with a lot to see. first is the natural bridge which is awesome, George Washington's initials carved into the side of the bridge, the monican Indian village and lace waterfall at the end of the trail. some nearby spots to visit are the caverns, zoo, a safari park and a dinosaur themed attraction. There's also a styrofoam life sized version of stonehenge in the area. the area makes for a great day trip.

hiking
5 months ago

This is Virginia's newest park, with the state just taking over the running of the national historic landmark in 2016. It was once owned by Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington supposedly carved his initials on the arch wall while surveying the area in 1750 (look for the rectangular outline on the opposite side 23 feet up)! The two mile paved and gravel round trip along Cedar Creek is easy and very scenic. Be sure to make it to the end to see Lance Falls.

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful view with a hike that is very easy
The waterfall at the end is nice but the best part is definitely the natural bridge

hiking
6 months ago

Easy walk

6 months ago

Nice, scenic walk along a beautiful creek. The natural bridge rock formation is breath taking and the falls at the end of the trail are very nice. The Indian village is interesting and informative too! Definitely worth the $8 admittance fee.

6 months ago

walking
6 months ago

beautiful place with lots of history and a visitors center/gift shop. but it is $8 to get in and is a very short easy walk. worth it to see it but not much of hike. just a few minute detour off interstate 81.

hiking
6 months ago

We hiked all week on advanced trails and the last day in the area was very hot. We were tired and sore but didn't want to sit at the camp ground in high temps and sweat, so we chose this trail and sights at natural bridge. It was a relaxing outing where we could take it in without using trek poles and camel backs. Wish we were allowed to cross the water and climb to the top of the bridge! There's a natural bridge park in Kentucky where you can climb and cross the natural bridge, we sort of expected that here. All in all, great place