Cedar Creek (James River tributary) facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsCedar Creek
Cedar Creek, adjacent the Cedar Creek Trail
Location of the mouth of Cedar Creek in Virginia
|Counties||Rockbridge County, Botetourt County|
|Main source||Short Hills Wildlife Management Area, Botetourt County|
|River mouth||James River
Gilmore Mills, Rockbridge County
|Length||12.0 mi (19.3 km)|
Cedar Creek is a 12.0-mile-long (19.3 km) tributary of the James River in the U.S. state of Virginia. It is notable for flowing through the Natural Bridge rock formation, a National Historic Landmark.
The creek rises at the Rockbridge-Botetourt County line near the crest of the Short Hills within the Short Hills Wildlife Management Area, and flows northeast for three miles (4.8 km) along the ridgecrest before dropping off the mountain to the east. Upon reaching the base of the mountain ridge, Cedar Creek turns south, then southeast, flowing under Interstate 81, then flowing under the Natural Bridge, which carries U.S. Route 11. The creek continues south two miles (3 km) farther, reaching the James River at Gilmore Mills.
Cedar Creek Trail
The Cedar Creek Trail runs alongside Cedar Creek for one and a quarter miles (2 km), allowing visitors to see the bridge and other places of interest, including a Native American village, Saltpeter Cave, the Lost River, and Lace Falls.
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