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Natural Bridge State Park

Berkshires, Massachusetts

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  • Leashed dogs are welcome at Natural Bridge State Park.- Natural Bridge State Park
  • A pedestrian bridge at Natural Bridge State Park.- Natural Bridge State Park
  • A dam and waterfall at Natural Bridge State Park.- Natural Bridge State Park
  • A view of the river and the dam at Natural Bridge State Park.- Natural Bridge State Park
  • A dam at Natural Bridge State Park.- Natural Bridge State Park
  • The Hudson Brook cuts through a deep gorge at Natural Bridge State Park.- Natural Bridge State Park
  • A view of the gorge and Hudson Brook.- Natural Bridge State Park
  • This was once a thriving marble quarry.- Natural Bridge State Park
  • The visitor center at Natural Bridge State Park.- Natural Bridge State Park
  • Come at sunset to immerse yourself in music.- Natural Bridge State Park
  • Welcome to Natural Bridge State Park.- Natural Bridge State Park
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Pros: 
Beautiful spot for a picnic. Sculpture park and music installation. Historic.
Cons: 
Chain-link fencing is unattractive. Not much for hiking.
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Region:
Berkshires, MA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
State Park Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Natural Bridge State Park is located in North Adams, Massachusetts, a once-depressed urban area that is experiencing a renaissance in recent years. The city's proximity to Mount Greylock and the surrounding Berkshire Mountains makes it a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. Natural Bridge State Park is located within the city limits not far from downtown.

The park has geological and historical significance. Its chief feature (and namesake) is the only natural white marble arch in North America. Visitors can also view many of the remains of a marble quarry that was active on-site from 1810 until 1947. The gorge, caves, and many rock formations were created by the Hudson Brook, which flows through the park. The main features are best viewed from a series of stairways and balconies below the dam. Chain-link fencing surrounds the area to prevent injuries and damage to the formations.

Aside from the main viewing area, which constitutes a short, 0.25-mile walk with many steps, there is also a picnic area, a visitor center, and a 0.5-mile nature trail. Rustic sculptures are scattered throughout the picnic area. In the quarry there is a musical installation created by Walter Fandrich, which plays every evening for 15 minutes starting at the astronomical sunset.

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