Tennessee’s weather has been on the good side the last few days, which makes exploring the outdoors that much more exciting. There are plenty of spots in the state that are worth seeing, even if they don’t require a long hike or a waterfall. This natural bridge in Tennessee is easily accessible and a unique geological sight to see.
The Sewanee Natural Bridge is located in Sewanee, Tennessee, in Franklin County about an hour from Chattanooga. It sits 25 feet in the air and is made completely out of sandstone.
This incredible formation has never been worked on or sculpted by man, making it that much more interesting and even mysterious.
It is essentially a giant sinkhole partially eroded to form a large stone bridge. According to the official website, there’s a wet weather spring located behind the bridge in a rock cave that most likely contributed to the erosion forming the arch.
This bridge is part of the Cumberland Plateau, which is the world’s longest hardwood forested plateau. It’s also the largest natural bridge in the southern section of the Plateau.
There’s actually no hiking required to get to the bridge, which some will be happy to hear. Those Tennessee summer days can become really hot very quickly.
The bridge spans to be 50 feet so visitors are to climb and explore at their own risk.
There are no guardrails on the top of the bridge, but thrill-seekers are still allowed to test their bravery across the top.
If visitors look closely, there are a few messages in the stone that are fun to find and try to read.
There are also many boulders that are perfect for just sitting and watching people walk over the bridge.
This sinkhole turned bridge is not only free to visit, but it’s pretty neat to look at. Seeing naturally-made geological features is hard to come by these days, but this one might just take the cake.
Sewanee Natural Bridge
Address: 591 Natural Bridge Rd., Sewanee, TN
Why You Need To Go: There’s no hike to see this geological wonder located in Tennessee. Visitors can climb and walk across this natural rock bridge.
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