|NATURAL BRIDGE PARK|
Natural Bridge Park has been continuously operated since the 1950's. A visit to this scenic area includes Picnic accommodations, Artesian well, and Gift Shop featuring hand crafted items. The Park is open from 8:00am Till Dusk. Natural Bridge is 60 foot-high, 148-foot-long sandstone and iron ore bridge formation is said to date back 200 million years. It is known as the longest Bridge east of the Rockies.
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Located less than 30 minutes from Natural Bridge, like a diamond that is deep, clear and blue, Lewis Smith Lake is one of Alabama’s treasures. Located in Walker, Winston and Cullman counties, this 21,200-acre lake is one of the top Alabama reservoirs. If you typically fish a shallow, stained body of water, then your first trip onto Smith Lake can be intimidating. Watching your depth finder jump to 200 plus feet can leave you feeling lost. However, like most lakes, the majority of bass, bream and crappie fishing is done by casting to the numerous large rocks and fallen trees along the shoreline. With 500 plus miles of shoreline, it isn’t that difficult to find fish. Numerous Marinas dot it’s shoreline, and the closest one to Natural Bridge is a short trip away. Lakeshore Inn, with it’s restaurant, 178 slip marina and Inn complements the recreational opportunities of owning Natural Bridge private park.
The William B. Bankhead National Forest is located only 30 minutes from Natural Bridge and it is Alabama's largest National Forest, with 181,230 acres. It is the home of Alabama's only National Wild and Scenic River, the Sipsey Fork. It is located in northwestern Alabama, around the town of Double Springs. Known as the "land of a thousand waterfalls," this vast monument to nature and man is popular for hiking, horseback riding, hunting, boating, fishing, swimming, canoeing and more. Within the forest lies the Sipsey Wilderness with a host of wildlife and an abundance of swift streams, limestone bluffs, and waterfalls. Native American relics abound in Bankhead, one of the Southern United States's premier sites for petroglyphs, prehistoric drawings, and rock carvings, at sites such as the Kinlock Shelter.
Not quite an hour from Natural Bridge is the Sipsey Wilderness. The United States Congress designated the Sipsey Wilderness in 1975 and it now has a total of 24,922 acres. Wild-flowing creeks in northwestern Alabama converge to become the Sipsey River, 61 miles of which has been designated Wild and Scenic. Running below sandstone bluffs that rise 30 to 100 feet above the water, through a forest of often imposing second-growth trees and occasional small stands of virgin timber , the Sipsey and its tributaries slice neatly through the Wilderness. Sinkholes, small caves, and scenic overlooks are plentiful. Twelve established trails, all rated easy to moderate, crisscross the area. Wilderness camping, building campfires, hunting, and fishing are permitted. Horsepackers are allowed on designated trails.