It was an easy, pleasant hike past the natural bridge and pivot rock. Even folks who are not very fit can manage the primitive conditions without much trouble. The rock has been mortared at the base to prevent further erosion. A few vandals have painted their names on the back of the rock, but the front is picturesque. They sure gotcha with the price, though. As of our visit May 1, 2010, the price for the 8 minute round trip on foot was $4.50. OK. Its private land and somewhat maintained, so there you have it. The white-haired lady inside the gift shop was a real treat! She's crusty and calls it like she sees it. I liked her instantly! Do I think its worth it? Yes. Once.
My dad was born in Berryville, AR, just a few miles from Eureka Springs and passed away in Berryville March 4, 2008. He grew up in and around Eureka Springs (in the 1920's). This was his old stompin ground. I have pictures of my grandparents standing on and under the Natural Bridge. I never knew them so it was great to actually stand where they had stood. My dad used to take us here when we were visiting family on our family vacations so we could experience places he had been to as a young boy. Not the rat races and commericalism that many places are today. I guess you may need to really love nature and natural beauty to think highly of Pivot Rock and the Natural Bridge. I hope that it continues to be somewhere that I can go (I live in CA) to feel close to my dad. My children and neices and nephews have also been there and like it. I will be taking them all and my grandson there next month. It's a great place, with the trails, for the young ones to explore and a beautiful nature walk for those of us who are older to just slow down and enjoy the scenery.
small rock, small bridge, short hike, $3.50, 8 minutes, rip off.
That sums up our experience. The rock was really small, the hike was really short, the bridge wasn't big either. We actually hiked past the rock because we weren't sure that it was what we had paid to see.
We were running low on funds so we tried this, only $3 each. Pivot Rock was in Ripleys beleive it or not. The rock itself was ok but we enjoyed the walk beyond it even more. The rocks,trees and hills were enjoyable and not much imagination was needed to picture Indians and moonshiners of the past. Great place to take pictures.
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