When you think of State Parks, what do you think of? Most of us just think of a boring picnic area. I can promise you, this is more than just any old picnic area ever since my first visit here during a summer program field trip.

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According to onlyinyourstate.com, Natural Bridge State Park, is a 48-acre underrated park located in North Adams, where visitors can discover the only naturally-formed white marble bridge in North America.

This park was once home of a commercial white marble quarry that was active from 1810 up until 1947. In order to preserve the unique geological attributes that are found here, it became a state park in 1985.

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If you take a quick 0.3-mile hike, it will take you to the natural bridge for which this park is named. There are stairs that lead to it and allow for an up-close and personal look. However, be aware of any temporary closures due to repairs according to Mass.gov.

A little brief history, over 13,000 years ago, glacial meltwater carved away at 550-million-year-old bedrock marble to create this natural bridge which is considered a wonder in both the natural and geological world. We're talking over 15 feet thick as this impressive bridge spans 30 feet across Hudson Brook found inside a steep 60-foot gorge. It's very impressive to see if you ask me.

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While inside the park, visitors can also tour the abandoned marble quarry and see a man-made white marble dam. Like the natural bridge, it's the only one of its kind in North America. The perfect summer destination and the #1 spot for education for any summer program.

Park information and hours can be found here. 

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