AerialAdventures 20 Nov 2020

Honeycomb Natural Bridge & Ghost Creek Falls


⁣The Natural Bridge and Ghost Creek Falls are located in Marshall County
near Grant, in the community of Honeycomb. Set amid the hills of the
Cumberland Plateau physiographic section, the 25-foot-long natural
bridge is the remnant of a collapsed cave. Ghost Creek Falls runs a few
yards away alongside the bridge. The creek is so named because it
meanders in and out of the rocky cliff, appearing and disappearing as it
runs down the hill. There are also two smaller waterfalls near the home
the owners built on the property that emerge from other underground
areas along the cliff. In 2007, the site was named one of the Seven
Wonders of Marshall County by area residents.

The natural bridge is located on private property, but the owners permit
visitors, given the site's uniqueness. The property, which encompasses
40 acres, is located in a clearing at the bottom of a limestone cliff
riddled with small underground waterways and springs; the type of
geologic structure is known as karst. Over millions of years, the mildly
acidic water has produced fissures, sinkholes, underground streams, and
caverns in the region. The natural bridge is the remnant of such a
cavern. Over time, the walls and roof of the opening were gradually worn
away, and portions collapsed, leaving the natural arch as all that
remains of the cavern's roof. The bottom layer of the natural arch
continues to be very fragile, and sections of rock still occasionally
fall out of the layers supporting the natural bridge. An attempt several
years ago to open a quarry on adjoining property was thwarted by
residents concerned about its effects on the natural bridge.

The property averages 25 visitors every week, with slightly more during
spring flower season. There is a campground, beach, and public boat
launch nearby for visitors to the area.

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