5 Must-See Spots for Wildlife in Natural Bridge, VA

Discover the captivating wildlife in Natural Bridge, VA, a hidden gem for nature lovers. The area around the Natural Bridge Hotel is a sanctuary for diverse species, offering an unparalleled experience for those eager to connect with nature. From the chirping of birds to the rustling of forest creatures, the local wildlife promises an adventure you won’t soon forget.

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Unveiling the Best Spots to Encounter Wildlife in Natural Bridge, VA

The Virginia Safari Park Experience

Virginia Safari Park isn’t just a drive-thru wildlife experience. This 180-acre park offers a 3-mile safari route for up-close animal viewing from your car. But the adventure doesn’t end there. The Safari Village lets you walk around, much like a traditional zoo, offering animal feedings and encounters. It’s a one-stop destination for a full wildlife experience.

Birdwatching at Cedar Creek Trail

For those with a keen eye for birds, Cedar Creek Trail in Natural Bridge State Park offers a serene backdrop to spot various species. The trail is a haven for birdwatchers and a peaceful retreat for everyone else.

The Hidden Critters of Natural Bridge Caverns

Explore the Natural Bridge Caverns to find unique critters that call this underground world home. From bats to blind fish, the caverns offer a different kind of wildlife experience. A few miles away is the Bracken Bat Cave, which hosts the largest bat colony in the world. In the summer months, it has over 15 million Mexican free-tailed bats.

Forest Dwellers at the Blue Ridge Parkway

Drive along the iconic Blue Ridge Parkway, often called “America’s Favorite Drive,” and you’re in for a treat. Not only will you be captivated by the lush landscapes of Virginia, but you’ll also have the chance to spot native forest dwellers like foxes, deer, and even the occasional black bear. Keep your camera ready, as the parkway offers numerous overlooks and pull-offs to safely enjoy the view and snap some photos. It’s a harmonious blend of natural beauty and wildlife spotting, making it a must-visit for anyone looking for things to do in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The Aquatic Life of James River

Fishing enthusiasts, rejoice! The James River is teeming with fish like bass and catfish. It’s a perfect spot for a relaxing day of fishing, tubing, or kayaking. If you love the water, check out our River and Walk Package, where you receive overnight accommodations for two, breakfast, combo passes for the Natural State Park and Caverns, and two tickets for tubing on the James.

Your Perfect Stay Awaits at Natural Bridge Hotel

hotel room with bed made and clean sheets on top in a well lit environmentAfter a day filled with wildlife in Natural Bridge, VA, come back to the comfort of the Natural Bridge Hotel. Our accommodations are designed to offer you a luxurious stay with amenities like plush bedding, flat-screen TV, and Wi-Fi accessible to all guests.

For a cozy evening, consider our Night by the Fire Package or indulge in a sumptuous meal at our on-site restaurant, the Colonial Dining Room.

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