Virginia March 14, 2017
8 Amazing Natural Wonders Hiding In Plain Sight In Virginia – No Hiking Required
Virginia’s natural wonders are some of the most beloved attractions in our state. From major landmarks to tiny oddities, we’re privileged to have the whole assortment right in our own backyard (so to speak). Even better, many of them are hiding in plain view and don’t require a strenuous hike to appreciate. If you’re looking for easy-to-access natural wonders in Virginia, we’ve got you covered.
1. Crabtree Falls
Nearly two miles of cascading water await you at the famous Crabtree Falls. For that reason, it's the longest waterfall system east of the Mississippi and can be viewed just a few steps from the parking area. The wonderful part about Crabtree Fall is that you can admire it from afar, or see it up close as you hike alongside the cascades should you choose. Either way, this natural attraction is a must-see. Address: 10636 Crabtree Falls Hwy, Tyro, VA 22976.
2. Natural Bridge
This geological formation has marveled generations of Virginians, including George Washington himself when he surveyed this land. Cedar Creek is responsible for this naturally-formed arch that spans 90 feet at 215 feet high. Visitors can opt for an easy walk to the attraction or catch one of the shuttle buses. Address: 15 Appledore Ln, Natural Bridge, VA 24578.
3. Skyline Drive
Whether you have a few hours or an entire day, the drive along Skyline Drive near Shenandoah National Park is an iconic one. There are plenty of places to get out and stretch your legs, but most of the scenery can be admired from any number of overlooks as designated by mile markers along this famous route.
4. Staunton River State Park
Once you arrive at this scenic state park, you'll feel as though you've stepped into paradise. Whether you're up for a night or stargazing (this is one of the best spots in the entire country for doing so) or a scenic picnic, beauty will completely surround you here. Address: 1170 Staunton Trail, Scottsburg, VA 24589, USA.
5. Luray Caverns
By far one of the most unique experiences of nature can be found in Luray Caverns. This extensive cavern system allows visitors to walk at their own pace, admiring the unique geological features known as stalactites and stalagmites. This well-lit, slightly cool underground world is a treat for visitors of all ages. Address: 101 Cave Hill Rd, Luray, VA 22835.
6. Huntley Meadows Park
If you're up for a leisurely stroll through picturesque wetlands, you won't want to miss a visit to Huntley Meadows Park in the beautiful Fairfax County. Meandering down the park's boardwalk will allow for a unique experience of this natural gem awaiting you in plain sight. Address: 3701 Lockheed Blvd, Alexandria, VA 22306.
7. Natural Chimneys
Like something from a storybook, the Natural Chimneys are bizarre and ancient rock formations that tower up to 120 feet. This fascinating site is the result of millions of years of wind and rain erosion. Visitors can marvel at the chimneys and enjoy the nearby picnic and camping area as well as hiking trails. Address: 94 Natural Chimneys Ln, Mt Solon, VA 22843.
8. Great Falls Park
Great Falls Park consists of nearly 800 acres along the Potomac of northern Virginia and is nothing short of a natural treasure. Visitors to this park can enjoy a range of activities, including simply admiring the water's activity from an overlook to kayaking and exploring the park's many trails. Either way, Great Falls is very accessible and one of the most picturesque areas of Virginia. Address: 9200 Old Dominion Dr, McLean, VA 22102.
Have you visited any of these famous Virginia landmarks recently? If so, feel free to share your experiences with us! For more incredible views with little to no hiking required, be sure to read about These
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