NATURAL BRIDGE AND PIVOT ROCK

Along highway 62 through Eureka Springs, you'll see the signs advertising these two rock formations. You follow the signs to the gift shop, pay your money and walk about a hundred yards down a cinder trail into the woods to see the sights. Natural BridgePeople have been stopping here to visit these two formations since their discovery just over a hundred years ago. They've been paying for the privelege for about half that time.

Well, here they are. This first photo is Natural Bridge, and I intentionally took this picture from an angle that makes it look larger than it is. That hole in the middle is not large enough to walk through without bending double.

I don't want to say I was disappointed exactly. I mean these are interesting rock formations, but Natural Bridge doesn't really compare with, for instance, Rainbow Bridge in Utah. Maybe if it had been called Natural Footbridge, my expectations would not have been so inflated. As I said to Timfromkansas, "T.V. makes us hard to impress."

Pivot RockAnd speaking of Timfromkansas, this is him gazing with thunderstruck amazement at Pivot Rock. The majesty! The power and the glory! Don't come unglued, okay, it's a rock. The footprint of this formation is about two-by-seven feet, and the top could accommodate a Winnebago. The thinnest portion of the rock has been smeared with a mortar poultice, not to add strength, but to discourage visitors from idly picking bits of rock off the formation. You can see all around the rock from ground level to about a height of seven feet where it's been variously chipped and scraped and engraved with the initials of hormonally addled teenagers.

But these are neither the only nor the largest natural bridges and pedestal rocks in the state....

RTJ--10/13/97

In the neighborhood: Eureka Springs Gardens



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