Natural Bridge State Park, North Adams

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Natural Bridge State Park is a Massachusetts state park located in the city of North Adams in the northwestern part of the state. The park's chief feature, for which it is named, is the only natural white marble arch/bridge in North America. Visitors can also view the remains of an abandoned marble quarry.HistoryThe bedrock marble from which the natural bridge was created is estimated to be some 550 million years old. Water from glacial runoff began carving the arch after the last Ice Age, 13,000 years ago.The site of a marble quarry from 1810 to 1947 and a privately owned tourist attraction from 1950 to 1983, the site became a state park in 1985. The arch and associated quarry have long attracted attention from hikers, including author Nathaniel Hawthorne who visited in 1838.Hudson BrookThe Mohawk Indians that lived, hunted, and fished in the area possibly saw no gain in naming the small brook, but when an explorer for the Massachusetts fort stumbled upon the many caves and rock formations he took it upon himself to aptly name Hudson Brook; forever paying homage to himself. Lieutenant Seth Hudson was stationed at Fort Massachusetts in 1759 and discovered what is today known as Hudson Brook around 1760 when he relocated out to the Western Massachusetts/Vermont border. Hudson was later one of the founders of the southern Vermont town of Pownal.Hudson Brook is responsible for many of the marble formations that can be seen at the Natural Bridge. The brook cascades down a marble maze and eventually makes its way through a cave known as Hudson Cave. This natural wonder was one of several locations in the Berkshires noted in the journal of Nathaniel Hawthorn which was eventually published under the title The American Note-books.
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  • I went once about 13 years ago and never forgot how magical it was. I often wanted to revisit but could never recall where it was. Well one day after doing some minor googling I found it! We took two ...  more »
  • An easy walk to a very pretty spot. If you are in north Adams, it is worth the visit. A very nice spot to take a picnic lunch or a bottle of wine  more »
  • Here is what you will see: 550 million year-old ago, living organisms died and turned into fossils. 13,000 years ago sun and wind pressured them into marbles and carved an arch, a gorge, and a brook. ...  more »
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  • One of our favorite places to go. We went here daily for a walk while staying nearby. A natural and refreshing walk. Worth a visit!
  • Super fun little park. Well worth the outing. Only takes about 1-2 hours to explore.
  • This place is so fun. There are scavenger hunts from the rangers. Trails and other fun things.
  • Serendipitous scenic detour. Beautiful & interesting, well interpreted history of marble quarrying & minerals. Limestone slot canyon with rushing water. Worth it!
  • Awesome. Pretty park. Easy paths. Take a lunch and sit longer.
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