Feds to Review Natural Bridge for National Park

ROANOKE, Va. (AP) -- The National Park Service says it will study the possibility of turning Natural Bridge into a national park.

The federal agency responded Thursday to Republican U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte's request for the study earlier this week.

The Roanoke-area congressman suggested that private funds be used and that a conservation easement be placed on adjoining property to protect it.

The Roanoke Times reports that the park service will soon begin a reconnaissance survey. No timeline was given on when that process would begin or how long it would take.

The privately owned, 215-foot-high Rockbridge County landmark recently was put up for sale. The limestone arch was carved naturally by the creek that runs under it.

Thomas Jefferson once owned the bridge after purchasing it from England's King George III.


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