Can’t make it to England to cross Stonehenge off your bucket list? No worries. Did you know you can see the next best thing right here in the United States? That’s right, who needs to take a plane all the way overseas to see a pile of rocks when you can stay stateside and see a pile of…foam… Who needs STONEHENGE when you can travel to Centreville, Virginia and see FOAMHENGE.
While the druids crafted their grounds from stone over thousands of years, artist and fiberglass sculptor Mark Cline of Enchanted Castle Studio took a different approach: Foam. Styrofoam to be exact. Foamhenge is a full-scale styrofoam replica of the iconic English tourist attraction. In 2004, after only ten days of construction, the roadside attraction opened in Natural Bridge, Virginia on April 1: April Fools Day.
Yes, Foamhenge Virginia is a full-sized replica that sits atop a small hill is completely crafted from Styrofoam. And, yes, it is an amazing site to behold. I saw it while taking a road trip around Virginia.
This tourist trap may have debuted on April Fools Day, but this oddity is no joke!
Did I say Foamhenge is next best thing to Stonehenge? I think maybe Stonehenge is the next best thing to this…
While Foamhenge became a very popular tourist attraction, topping must-visit roadside attractions lists and garnering national media attention through the years, the structure was never meant to be permanent. So, after 12 years in Natural Bridge, the structure had seen better days.
Unfortunately, Foamhenge closed its original location, and the pieces of the structure were put into storage, in 2016, after The Natural Bridge became a state park.
Luckily, this popular Virginia roadside attraction didn’t stay in storage for long. In 2017 it was reassembled and made its debut at Cox Farms in Centreville, Virginia during their annual Fall Festival and Fields of Fear events.
It is still standing today, albeit with more limited hours than it had in Natural Bridge.
According to the Cox Farms website:
During the fall, Foamhenge access is included with admission for Fall Festival and Fields of Fear visitors during regular hours of operation. Foamhenge is typically open very limited hours during our Spring, Summer, and Winter seasons, with access via shuttle from the Corner Market during the hours specified. Please note that Foamhenge is located on private property.
So if you’re asking, “does Foamhenge still exist?” or “is Foamhenge still there?” the answer is, YES! Limited hours or not, this styrofoam Stonehenge is still standing, and still the best roadside attraction in Virginia and one of the best Stonehenge replicas in the US!
Looking for more Virginia Roadside Attractions? Check out the World’s Largest Apple in Winchester. And if you want to see more Stonehenge Roadside Attractions, visit UMR Stonehenge Replica in Rolla, Missouri and Carhenge in Alliance, Nebraska.
Original Location: Hwy 11 South, Natural Bridge, VA
New Location: Cox Farms, 15621 Braddock Rd, Centreville, VA 20120
Photos: September 1, 2010
Visit the Cox Farm website for up-to-date hours and admission prices.