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On the outskirts of North Adams in the northern Berkshire Hills, this natural site is perfect for a picnic—and a geology lesson.

by Tom Brosnahan
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Drive or walk a mile (1.6 km) along MA Route 8 northeast from the center of North Adams MA. You'll pass the Eclipse Mill, then the Beaver Mill.

Just past the Beaver Mill, turn left (west) across a bridge, then follow the signs 1/2 mile (800 meters) up a narrow, winding road across a one-lane bridge, past the marble quarry (where the marble factory was) to the Visitor Center and parking area (map).

Pay the small parking fee in the office of the Visitor Center.

Natural Bridge is not a blow-your-mind natural wonder, but a curiosity: water made its way through a fault in the marble bedrock, and over millennia carved a 30-foot cleft through the soft white stone, leaving the surface rock intact to become a bridge over the cleft.

You have to look for the sign indicating the bridge, then descend some steps to a dead-end viewing platform to see the cleft and the "natural bridge" above.

Nearby is the only whitel marble dam in the USA, built of the bedrock to form the pond that would supply water power to the marble factory in the quarry below.

Bring a picnic!

If your visit is around lunchtime, this is the place for a picnic. Tables are set around the park in sunny spots and shady, with good views of the pond, the grounds and the forest.

—by Tom Brosnahan

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