Natural Bridge is a town at the southwest edge of Winston County, Alabama, located near
the intersection of U.S. Highway 278
and Alabama Highway 13. The population was 28 at the 2000 census. For years, it has been the smallest populated town in Alabama,
but the town is notable for the nearby rock arch, also named Natural Bridge.
Natural Bridge Park has the longest natural bridge east of the Rockies, with a formation 60 feet high and 148 feet long. It is composed of sandstone and iron ore.
The natural bridge formation is said to date back 200 million years. It was formed by water erosion of the weaker sandstone away from the bridge spans, creating an erosion feature as is the case in most natural-bridge formations.
The park opened to the public in 1954. It has long been known that the Creek Indians lived in this area and probably used the bridge-cave enclosure for shelter.
Downhill from the natural bridge is an outcrop of rock in the shape of a large American Indian stone head, as a right profile view, similar to a U.S. Indian Head nickel. The stone head is over 15 feet high.
The park has a nice gift shop filled with souvenirs from local north Alabama attractions. In addition, they have a facility used for meetings and family get-togethers.
8 am - Sunset 7 days a week
Natural Bridge Park
About a 1/2 mile west of Highway 13 on US highway 278 West
Natural Bridge, Alabama