Peering through a Marble Archway in North Adams, Massachusetts
When you arrive at Natural Bridge State Park, a bare wall of striped white and black marble greets you, reminding you of the quarry that once operated here. It commands so much attention that you’ll wonder: Could that be the “natural bridge”? No; you’ll have to explore a series of wooden walkways and staircases before you find the rather hidden bridge. Half of the adventure is choosing which way to go next, wondering if you’ll happen upon the park’s namesake treasure at the next turn. Finally: the bridge itself is a piece of marble arching over a dramatically deep and exceedingly narrow ravine. Way down at the bottom of the winding gorge, water rushes through, seeming to carve its course deeper and deeper.