Alabama's Natural Bridge

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Location: Bankhead National Forest, 314 County Road 3500, Haleyville, Alabama, 35565.
(34.0936, -87.6153)
Open: All year daily 8-sunset.
Fee: Adults USD 3.50.
Classification: GeologyNatural Bridge
Light: n/a
Dimension: W=45 m, H=18 m.
Guided tours: self guided
Photography: allowed
Accessibility: no
Address: Alabama's Natural Bridge, 314 County Road 3500, Haleyville, AL 35565, Tel: +1-205-486-5330.
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1954 State Park created.


Alabama's Natural Bridge, or actually just Natural Bridge, is said to be the longest rock arch east of the rockies. The bridge consists of sandstone which has veins of iron ore. The iron ore made the sandstone more resistant against erosion, so the bridge formed. The natural bridge is quite spectacular because there are actually several bridges, at least three. It seems there was once the possibility to cross the bridge, but it was forbidden because it has no railings. Also, it is unclear if it would be stable enough for a great number of visitors.

A short walk from the bridge is a mysterious rock formation which resembles an Indian head. There are legends that it is a carving of a local chief, but actually it is a natural formation.