Clinton, Arkansas: Natural Bridge of ArkansasYou're allowed to look at this bridge -- which is a slab of stone, not an eroded archway -- but you can't drive or walk across it. "Natural" doesn't mean trustworthy.
- Natural Bridge Rd, Clinton, AR
- From south, drive north on US 65 roughly 3.5 miles from where it splits from Hwy 9 in Clinton. Turn east onto Natural Bridge Rd and drive one mile. From the north, the turnoff from US 65 onto Natural Bridge Rd is 15.5 miles south of intersection of Hwy 66 in Leslie.
Visitor Tips and News About Natural Bridge of Arkansas
Off State Highway 40 heading north from Little Rock, in the foothills of the Ozarks about 70 miles north, a side road labeled "Natural Bridge" caught our attention. The drive down this side road itself is an adventure, requiring some skillful curve management. At its end, a wooden shack provides access (and a $3.00 fee) to the site of the Natural Bridge, which is NOT an arch bridge (like Virginia's or Arizona's) but a compression bridge of a flat huge slab of stone (limestone? granite?) stretched across a waterway tumbling down the hillside.
The main slab, supported by two buttresses of stone, is about 120 feet long and over twelve feet off the ground. Situated in a quiet forest area (hazelwood, birch, pine), it is a pretty place to visit, hear some bird calls, smell the forest duff and greenery, and get off the road for half an hour or so.[Ursula, 07/13/2001]
June 2001: Photo added.