Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park
Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park is the site of one of Florida’s most significant Civil War conflicts. Each year during the first full weekend of March, thousands of visitors attend the annual battle reenactment to watch as many as 250 reenactors portray the soldiers that fought the battle at Natural Bridge in 1865.
A monument at the site honors the soldiers of the Confederacy who defended Natural Bridge. There are picnic areas surrounded by acres of woods and wetlands, provide a comfortable place to relax and reflect on Florida’s history.
Visit the park and take advantage of the peaceful atmosphere found here. The St. Marks River located on the north side of Natural Bridge Road is a popular freshwater fishing spot. The St. Marks River and surrounding woodlands provide ample opportunity for birdwatching and wildlife viewing. Enjoy a picnic lunch while listening to the sounds of northern cardinals, red-shouldered hawks, Carolina chickadees and pileated woodpeckers.
Guided interpretive tours of the park cover the battle history, as well as the natural features of the park. To schedule a tour, contact the park office two weeks in advance of the tour date.
Directions: East on US Hwy 98 10.2 miles, keep left onto US-319/SR-377 through Sopchoppy. Turn left back onto US Hwy 98 until you turn left onto SR-363/Woodville Hwy. Turn right onto Commerce Blvd then left onto Old Plank Rd. Turn right onto Natural Bridge Rd/CR-2192. The last intersection is River Run Trl. If you reach Jim French Rd, you've gone too far. From Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce, it is about 53.5 miles and 1 1/4 hours.
Categories: Day Trips