A Short History
The property, to the surprise of many, has never been owned by the state or any government agency, but by private individuals. In 1933, the property was developed as a recreational fishing camp. This paved the way for the 1955 opening of The Scenic Natural Bridge Tourist Resort. Two of the original stone structures still stand. The resort closed to the public in the 1960's. Later, the property was given a new look, and it served as a venue for country music concerts. Such well-known artists as George Jones, Conway Twitty, Loretta Lynn, Ronnie Milsap, and Bill Monroe performed during the 1980's in the lovely outdoor amphitheater. In 1990, Joe and Nancy Shaw purchased the property, and Tennessee Fitness Spa was ready to greet its first guests in February, 1991. After celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2011, it remains a family-owned and operated business.
Tennessee Fitness Spa is located 95 miles southwest of Nashville, Tennessee at beautiful Natural Bridge, outside Waynesboro. This historic site is the only known double span natural bridge formation in the world. It is a purely natural formation that was formed over millions of years by a fresh water spring located nearby. Indians used the site over several different periods of history. Tribes including the Yuchi Indians from Mexico, the Choctaw, Chickasaw, Muskogean and Creeks walked the trails around Natural Bridge long before the white man came to this country. The site is bordered by Forty-Eight Creek which is crystal-clear, cool water. Many species of fish can be seen from the banks. Another popular creation of nature on the grounds is the "Ice Cave." The temperature in the cave is a cool 58 degrees year-round with a stream flowing out of the cave. Entertainment is provided on special occasions by local musicians, guest speakers, and story tellers.
The Natural Bridge is only open to the public on Sundays.
If you are not a guest and wish to see the Natural Bridge, please call us at 931-722-5589.
The Spa’s fitness facilities are comprised of a fully equipped gym, heated swimming pool, hot tub, sauna, and racquetball court with viewing area. The enclosed pool, used for aquatic exercise and recreational swimming, is 60 feet long and 30 feet wide, slopes from three to five feet in depth, and is maintained at 82 to 85 degrees. The hot tub accommodates four people and is heated to a temperature of 102 to 104 degrees. A deck for sun bathing surrounds the pool area. The gym, constructed in the winter of 1995, is a 5,000 square foot facility featuring a 2,400 square foot aerobic studio surrounded by a walk-run track. The gym also contains an 850 square foot cardiovascular area and a 1,750 square foot weight area. The cardiovascular area is equipped with treadmills, elliptical machines, Stairmasters, recumbent bikes, and Schwinn upright bikes. The weight room contains Pacific Fitness and Pro Maxima equipment, as well as free weights.
Six guest chalets, the Cedar's Edge, five apartments, the Gate House, the Red House, and the Aluminum Lodge accommodate up to 58 guests. Private, semi-private, and four-person rooms are available, as well as a penthouse apartment (recently renovated) containing three beds, a fully-equipped kitchen, washer and dryer, and TV/DVD. Housekeeping service is provided daily for all guests. Click here to learn more about our accommodations.