Natural Bridge, Virginia: Dinosaur Kingdom (Gone)
- I-81 to the exits for Natural Bridge, then follow US 11 into town. At the junction of Hwy 130 and US 11, across Hwy 130 from the entrance to the Natural Bridge attraction. Take the small road up the hill to the parking lot. The entrance to the path up the hill to the attraction is at the far east end of the parking lot, marked by a gate.
- Closed in 2012 due to nearby fire.
Dinosaurs vs. the Union Army in an alternate universe Civil War -- the Rebs win! Closed by fire in 2012, but may reopen in 2016. Roadsideamerica.com Report...
Visitor Tips and News About Dinosaur Kingdom
Natural Bridge has been a less terrifying place since 2012, when a fire destroyed the Haunted Monster Museum and closed the adjacent Dinosaur Kingdom -- a one-of-a-kind attraction where Confederate dinosaurs attacked Civil War Yankees. Despite the fire, all of the dinosaurs were saved by their creator, Mark Cline, and he's just announced that he hopes to open "Dinosaur Kingdom II" in June 2016.
Mark told us that the Confederates/dinosaurs theme will be expanded in the new attraction. "The Confederates will be 'borrowing' animals from Natural Bridge Zoo to combat the Yankees on dinosaurs," he explained. "An epic battle scene at the end will pit elephants, buffalo, and rhinos against horned dinos! I'm even throwing Stonewall Jackson into it. What a glorious mess it will be!"[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 12/21/2015]
We wanted to provide an update about Dinosaur Kingdom, which was closed by a fire in 2012. We found the site; the nearby parking lot is slowly becoming overgrown and any signage has been removed. There are several No Trespassing warnings next to a chained gate that can easily be walked around. The path still exists, but any of the Dinosaur/Civil War statues have been removed. A burned-out structure exists halfway along the loop trail, but that's it. However, Mr. Mark Cline has saved what didn't get destroyed by the fire, and those bits are located in the enclosed yard at his workshop down the road. If you want to see what's left, you'll have to go there. We were lucky to meet the man when he was there, and it was a wonderful visit.[Mike Daniels, 08/23/2014]
Mark's workshop, Enchanted Castle Studios, is a few miles north on US Hwy 11, near the interchange for I-81.
It should be noted that Dinosaur Kingdom and the Monster Museum are only open on Saturdays. So when we took the detour there on a Tuesday, we were very disappointed. As I was pouting on the way back to the interstate, we stopped at what used to be Enchanted Castle, and met the man behind it all. Mark Cline was fantastic, and told me about a little passage that I could get on the property to look around. i could see the outside of the Monster Mansion (which looked AWESOME) and wander through the paths of dinosaurs and other objects. Even without the special effects of movements, growls, music, etc Dinosaur Kingdom was beyond awesome. There were so many little details to everything. I cannot wait to go back and see it in full swing.[Danielle, 10/22/2011]
This was by far my favorite place my mom and I stopped during our Roadside America road trip. Not only were the dinosaurs awesome, the attention to detail was outrageous. We walked through twice just to catch all the little things we missed the first time, such as small lizards on the trees, hidden smaller dinosaurs, notes left around the exhibit. Well worth the trip to Natural Bridge.[Sarah C, 10/20/2008]