Hiking To This Aboveground Cave In Massachusetts Will Give You A Surreal Experience
Always wanted to explore a cool cave, but aren’t interested in going miles below the earth and fumbling around in the dark? No problem! There’s a spot right here in Massachusetts that can satisfy your spelunking cravings with an easy and fun hiking adventure!
Located in North Adams, Natural Bridge State Park is full of wonderful hidden treasures. This park contains the only natural white marble arch in North America! The marble of the “bridge” is thought to be over 550 million years old, and the form was carved by melting glacial water from the last Ice Age.
The park is reached by a charming footbridge that is the perfect spot for a few photographs. When you’re ready to get a bit more adventurous, head onward into the park itself. The hike is only about 0.4 miles, so it’s definitely one that everyone in your group can handle.
Visitors willing to explore a little deeper into the park will come across a truly enchanting spot: Hudson Cave. Named for the stream that cascades down the shining marble maze of the surrounding rocks and right through the little cave, this stunning spot is actually featured in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s journal.
The cave is fully explorable, so be sure to bring sturdy shoes and a camera. The path through can get a bit narrow at times, and intrepid explorers need to be prepared to shimmy and scoot a bit. If you’d rather not try and squeeze through the narrower parts, there are plenty of places to peek into the cave without going too far in.
Because of the cool water running through the waterfall grotto, the area enjoys a natural “air-conditioning” effect. It’s the perfect cool and shady spot to sit and reflect.
Once you’re done exploring the cave and brook, try the wooded walking trail that runs through some of the most scenic areas of the park. There is also an abandoned marble quarry on the grounds of Natural Bridge State Park. North Adams once depended on the revenue from the quarry for much of the 19th century. Today, visitors can admire the beautiful exposed white marble of the quarry.
There is also an abandoned marble quarry on the grounds of Natural Bridge State Park. North Adams once depended on the revenue from the quarry for much of the 19th century. Today, visitors can admire the beautiful exposed white marble of the quarry.
Have you explored Hudson Cave? Do you have any favorite spots in Natural Bridge State Park? Let us know!
Natural Bridge State Park and Hudson Cave are located at 1 McCauley Rd, North Adams, MA 01247.