Natural Bridge site in Rockbridge County, Virginia, has been designated as an Affiliated Area of the National Park Service (NPS). The geologically and historically significant site, recently designated as a state park, will be managed by Virginia State Parks. First purchased by Thomas Jefferson from King George III of England in 1774, Natural Bridge has captivated visitors for hundreds of years. The limestone arch rises 215 feet above Cedar Creek and is located within a hilly, wooded landscape with hiking trails and scenic vistas. It was designated as a national historic landmark in 1998.
NPS Affiliated Areas are neither owned nor administered by the federal government, but they preserve important segments of the nationâ€™s heritage. Some have been recognized by Acts of Congress, while others have been designated national historic sites by the Secretary of the Interior under authority of the Historic Sites Act of 1935.
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