About Us

What is the mission of the Friends of the Natural Bridge?
To ensure both perpetual stewardship and public access for the Natural Bridge of Virginia and its undeveloped non-commercial lands, through its transformation into a state park with mutually beneficial relationships with the nearby private commercial enterprises.

The Friends will continue to be a source of information through this website about the geological, historical and cultural aspects of the Natural Bridge and advocate for sufficient resources to make the park both a great educational as well as recreational experience for visitors.

Who are the Friends of the Natural Bridge?
Any and all parties advocating the establishment of a state park at Natural Bridge. The Friends effort to see the creation of a state park was led by the Valley Conservation Council and Rockbridge Area Conservation Council, working in concert with Rockbridge County officials, and its mission was endorsed by the Cities of Lexington and Buena Vista. Other historical preservation and economic development organizations passed resolutions of support and participated as Friends in this effort are listed below.

How does the Friends group operate?
Weekly strategy sessions in Lexington are coordinating and guiding hundreds of email research and outreach efforts by a growing team of talented and connected volunteers. The Friends are focusing their efforts on being timely, efficacious, and directly connected with the private- and public-sector players in a complex and fluid context.


The Friends of the Natural Bridge are made up of the following partners:

Rockbridge Area Conservation Council

Valley Conservation Council


Resolutions of support for a park at Natural Bridge:

Augusta County Historical Society

Beverley Garden Club

Blue Ridge Garden Club

Buena Vista (VA) City Council

Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission

The Chamber of Commerce Serving Lexington, Rockbridge County, and Buena Vista

Historic Lexington Foundation

Lexington (VA) City Council

Lexington Women’s Club

Preservation Virginia – Southern Shenandoah Valley Branch

Roanoke Group, Sierra Club

Rockbridge Area Conservation Council

Rockbridge County Board of Supervisors

Rockbridge Historical Society

Upper James Resource Conservation and Development Council

Valley Conservation Council

The Rockbridge Area Conservation Council’s mission is to promote the wise stewardship and sustainable use of natural and cultural resources through education, advocacy, and action in order to protect and enhance the quality of life for present and future inhabitants of Rockbridge.

The Valley Conservation Council is dedicated to protecting the agricultural, natural, and cultural resources of the greater Shenandoah Valley region in Virginia through private action and public planning. To protect the Valley’s natural resources we must provide solutions that foster the continued health of the region’s economy and quality of life, while solving problems presented by the area’s rapid population growth and sprawling suburban development patterns.