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A suspension bridge uses a heavy cable anchored at each end of the span. This cable passes over two towers. The deck is supported by numerous vertical, or nearly vertical, suspender cables or rods between the main cable and the deck. The load is both compression on the tower and tension on the anchor.

A simple suspension bridge differs in that the deck follows the curve of the main cable and there are no

A suspension bridge can be confused with a cable-stayed bridge since the both have towers and lots of cables to support the deck. However, the cable stayed does not need an anchor, and the deck support cables are sloped and go from the deck directly to the tower.


Celo Vicinity Swinging / Suspension Footbridge (Yancey County, North Carolina)
Wire suspension footbridge over South Toe River on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Chain Bridge (Old) (Essex County, Massachusetts)
Built 1810; replaced 1909
Lost Wire suspension bridge over Merrimack River on Main Street/Trolley
Replaced by a new bridge

Change Bridge (Northampton County, Pennsylvania)
Built 1856-1857
Abandoned suspension bridge over Lehigh River on Hugh Moore Parkway
Derelict/abandoned

Charles City Suspension Bridge (Floyd County, Iowa)
Built 1906; destroyed by flash flooding on June 8, 2008
Suspension bridge over Cedar River on a pedestrian trail at the end of Clark Street in Charles City
Destroyed by flash flood; Removed from NRHS on 01/08/2009; new cable-stayed suspension bridge open on 25 October, 2010

Charlton Vicinity Swinging / Suspension Footbridge (Botetourt County, Virginia)
Wire suspension footbridge over Craig Creek on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Chatham Hill Vicinity Swinging / Suspension Footbridge (Smyth County, Virginia)
Wire suspension footbridge over North Fork Holston River on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Chau Ram County Park Swinging / Suspension Footbridge (Oconee County, South Carolina)
Wire suspension bridge over Chauga River on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Chautauqua Park Swinging Bridge #1 (Livingston County, Illinois)
Built 1898 by the Joliet Bridge and Iron Co.
Wire suspension bridge over Vermillion River on a pedestrian path in Chautauqua Park
Open to pedestrians

Chautauqua Park Swinging Bridge #2 (Livingston County, Illinois)
Built ca. 1926
Wire suspension bridge over Vermillion River on a pedestrian path in Chautauqua Park
Open to pedestrians

Cheoah River Footbridge (Graham County, North Carolina)
Wire suspension bridge over Cheoah River on footpath
Open to pedestrians

Chesapeake Bay Bridge (Anne Arundel County, Maryland)
Original two-lane spans with through-truss suspension bridge and regular cantilever design built 1949-52 and opened 1952; second three-lane span with deck suspension and arched cantilever opened 1973; rehabilitated 1988
Pair of suspension and cantilever truss bridges over Chesapeake Bay on US 50
Open to traffic

Chevron Spokane River Pipeline Bridge (Spokane County, Washington)
Wire suspension bridge over Spokane River on Chevron petroleum pipeline
Open to traffic

Chicago Basin Trail Suspension Bridge (La Plata County, Colorado)
Built 2008, replacing a suspension bridge that had become unstable due to age, repeated floods and general deterioration. Thought to be the third bridge at this site.
Wire suspension bridge over Animas River on Chicago Basin Trail
Open to pedestrians only

Choctaw Creek Bridge (Grayson County, Texas)
Built 1915
Abandoned wire suspension bridge over Choctaw Creek on Abandoned road
Abandoned

Cimarron River Suspension Bridge (Payne County, Oklahoma)
Built 1909
Lost Wire suspension bridge over Cimmaron River in Ripley
Lost

City Park Bridge #4 (Bates County, Missouri)
Wire suspension bridge on a pedestrian walkway
Open to pedestrians only

Clarksville Suspension Footbridge (Washington County, Pennsylvania)
Abandoned wire suspension bridge over Ten Mile Creek on pedestrian pathway
Derelict/abandoned

Clear Creek Swinging Bridge (Marion County, Arkansas)
Built 1940 by the Works Progress Administration; rehabilitated 1967; replaced 1975
Lost suspension bridge over Clear Creek on AR 125
Replaced by a modern bridge

Clearwater Park Vicinity Swinging / Suspension Footbridge (Alleghany County, Virginia)
Wire suspension footbridge over Jackson River on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Clinchport Swinging / Suspension Footbridge (Scott County, Virginia)
Wire suspension bridge over Clinch River on Foot Traffic in Clinchport
Open to pedestrians

Connecticut River Bridge (Hartford County, Connecticut)
Built 1886; replaced 1922
Lost Wire suspension bridge over Connecticut River on Bridge Street
Replaced by a new bridge

Connellsville Suspension Bridge (Fayette County, Pennsylvania)
Built 1861; Replaced 1905
Lost Suspension bridge over Youghiogheny River on Crawford Avenue
Replaced by a new bridge

Cook Forest State Park Suspension Footbridge (Clarion County, Pennsylvania)
Wire suspension bridge over Toms Run on trail
Open to pedestrians only

Coon Box Fork Bridge (Jefferson County, Mississippi)
Built 1919
Abandoned wire suspension bridge on Coon Box Road
Unknown status

Corbett Road Bridge (Delaware County, New York)
Built 1926; rehabilitated 1994
Suspension bridge over East Branch Delaware River on Corbett Road
Open to traffic

Corbin Bridge (Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania)
Built 1937; rehabilitated 1996
Suspension bridge over Raystown Branch Juniata River on TR 428
Open to traffic

Cossatot River Swinging Footbridge (Polk County, Arkansas)
Bridge over Cossatot River
Open to pedestrians only

Cottage Grove Footbridge (Lane County, Oregon)
Suspension bridge on Footpath
Open to pedestrians only

Country Club Suspension bridge (Cass County, Indiana)
Built to connect the Logansport Country Club with the Ft. Wayne and Wabash Valley Interurban line, perhaps Wabash Railroad as well
Lost Wire suspension bridge over Wabash River on Walkway bridge for Golfing club
Destroyed by flood

County Line Bridge (Henry County, Missouri)
Built 1912 by Joseph Dice
Lost suspension bridge over Osage River
No longer exists

Cove Creek Foot Bridge (Gilmer County, West Virginia)
Built 1950
Suspension bridge over Big Run
Open to pedestrians only

Cowpasture River Suspension Bridge (Bath County, Virginia)
Wire suspension bridge over Cowpasture River on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Cowpasture River Suspension Footbridge (Bath County, Virginia)
Built 1992
Wire suspension bridge over Cowpasture River on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Cranberry Lake Footbridge (Sussex County, New Jersey)
Built 1930 under the direction of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Wire suspension bridge over Cranberry Lake on Bridge Trail
Open to pedestrians by permission only

Creekside Tail - Suspension Bridge (Addison County, Vermont)
Built 1998
Wire suspension bridge over Lewis Creek on Creekside Trail Pedestrian path
Open to pedestrians only

Criglersville Lindsay Lane Swinging / Suspension Footbridge (Madison County, Virginia)
Wire suspension footbridge over Robinson River on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Criglersville Swinging / Suspension Footbridge (Madison County, Virginia)
Wire suspension footbridge over Robinson River on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Crooked Oak Vicinity Swinging / Suspension Footbridge (Carroll County, Virginia)
Wire suspension footbridge over Big Reed Island Creek on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Cross Mound Suspension Bridge (Fairfield County, Ohio)
Built 1936
Wire suspension bridge over Salt Creek on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Croswell Suspension Bridge (Sanilac County, Michigan)
Wire suspension bridge over Black River on Pedestrian Path
Open to pedestrians only

Curran Suspension Bridge (Grafton County, New Hampshire)
Built 1939
Wire suspension bridge over Ammonoosuc River on Footpath
Open to pedestrians only

Dalton Suspension Bridge (Victoria County, Texas)
Abandoned wire suspension bridge over Guadalupe River
Abandoned

Davis Swinging Bridge (Lincoln County, Missouri)
Lost swinging bridge at or near Davis
No longer exists

Deer Isle-Sedgwick Bridge (Hancock County, Maine)
Built 1939
Suspension bridge over Eggemoggin Reach on ME 15 in Deer Isle
Open to traffic

Deer Rapids Rd. Swinging / Suspension Footbridge (Shenandoah County, Virginia)
Wire suspension footbridge over North Fork Shenandoah River on pedestrian pathway


Delaware Aqueduct (Pike County, Pennsylvania)
Built 1848 by John A. Roebling to carry the Delaware & Hudson Canal; later converted for highway traffic; rehabilitated 1985
Suspension bridge over Delaware River on the former Delaware & Hudson Canal
Open to one-lane traffic

Delaware Memorial Bridge (1951 Eastbound) (New Castle County, Delaware)
Built 1951; rehabilitated 1970
Suspension bridge over Delaware River on Eastbound I-295/US 40
Open to traffic

Delaware Memorial Bridge (1968 Westbound) (New Castle County, Delaware)
Built 1968 as an almost identical twin to the 1951 Delaware Memorial Bridge that carries northbound traffic
Suspension bridge over Delaware River on Westbound I-295/US 40
Open to traffic

Dent Bridge (Clearwater County, Idaho)
Built 1971
Suspension bridge over North Fork Clearwater River on STC 4783
Open to traffic

Des Arc Swinging Bridge (Prairie County, Arkansas)
Built 1940-41; Removed in 1970
Lost swinging bridge over White River on AR 38 at Des Arc
No longer exists

DeSoto Swinging Bridge (Jefferson County, Missouri)
Lost swinging footbridge over Joachim Creek in DeSoto
No longer exists

Dewey Bridge (Grand County, Utah)
Built 1915-16 by the Midland Bridge Co.; wood portions destroyed by fire on April 6, 2008
wire suspension bridge over Colorado River on UT 128
Wood portions Destroyed by fire on April 6, 2008

Dona Vicinity Swinging / Suspension Footbridge (Scott County, Virginia)
Wire suspension footbridge over North Fork Clinch River on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Dorter Mill Vicinity Swinging / Suspension Footbridge (Scott County, Virginia)
Wire suspension footbridge over North Fork Holston River on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Drake Camp Bridge (Vermilion County, Illinois)
Suspension bridge over Salt Fork Vermilion River on a pedestrian trail
Open to Boy Scouts

Dresden Suspension Bridge (Muskingum County, Ohio)
Built 1914 by the Bellefontaine Bridge & Steel Co.
Suspension bridge over Muskingum River on OH 208 in Dresden
Bypassed and closed to all traffic

Dresden Suspension Bridge (OLD) (Muskingum County, Ohio)
Lost Wire suspension bridge over Muskingum River on Muskingum Ave
Replaced by a new bridge

Drift Creek Falls Suspension Bridge (Lincoln County, Oregon)
Built 1997
Wire suspension bridge over Drift Creek on Drift Creek Falls Trail 1378
Open to pedestrians only

Dry River Suspension Bridge (Coos County, New Hampshire)
Built 2007 by Seattle Bridge Builders
Wire suspension bridge over Dry River on Dry River Trail
Open to pedestrians only

Dryden Vicinity Swinging / Suspension Footbridge (Lee County, Virginia)
Wire suspension footbridge over Powell River on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Duck Run Cable Suspension Bridge (Gilmer County, West Virginia)
Built 1922; Bypassed 1993
Abandoned wire suspension bridge over Little Kanawha River on County Route 30
Abandoned

Eagle Creek Suspension Bridge (Multnomah County, Oregon)
Built 2000, replacing an earlier suspension bridge from 1936 that had been destroyed by flooding
Lost Wire suspension bridge over Eagle Creek on Gorge Trail #400
Destroyed by Eagle Creek Fire in Sept. 2017

Eagle Mountain Fooot / Pack Suspension Bridge (Idaho County, Idaho)
Wire suspension bridge over Locha River on pedestrian and equestrian pathway
Open to pedestrian and equestrian activity

Ecklon Bridge (Sacramento County, California)
Built 1862 to replace an earlier suspension bridge, collasped in 1892
Lost Wire suspension bridge over American River in Folsom
Collapsed

Eden Valley County Refuge Bridge (Jackson County, Iowa)
Wire suspension bridge over Bear Creek on Pedestrian Pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Efird's Lake Bridge (Union County, North Carolina)
Suspension bridge over Efird's Lake on Pedestrian path
Open to pedestrians only

Elkhurst Swinging Bridge (Clay County, West Virginia)
Built 1930
Suspension bridge over Elk River on CR 22
Closed to all traffic

English Center Bridge (Lycoming County, Pennsylvania)
Built 1891 by Dean & Westbrook
Eyebar suspension bridge over Little Pine Creek on SR 4001
Open to traffic

Essex-Merrimac Bridge (Essex County, Massachusetts)
Built 1909; rehabilitated 2003
Suspension bridge over Merrimack River on Main Street in Amesbury
Open to traffic

Estherville Suspension Bridge (Emmet County, Iowa)
Suspension bridge over West Fork Des Moines River on a pedestrian trail in Estherville
Open to pedestrians only

Euchre Bar Footbridge (Placer County, California)
Wire suspension bridge over North Fork American River on Hiking trail
Open to pedestrians

Everett Swinging Bridge (Bedford County, Pennsylvania)
Suspension bridge over Raystown Branch Juniata River on Swinging Bridge Lane
Open to private traffic

Fairmount Bridge (Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania)
Built 1841; replaced 1875
Lost Wire suspension bridge over Schuylkill River on Spring Garden Street
Removed but not replaced

Fall Creek Falls Suspension Bridge (Van Buren County, Tennessee)
Wire suspension bridge over Cane Creek on Pedestrian Path
Open to pedestrians only

Falls of Schuylkill Bridge (Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania)
Built 1808; collapsed 1816
Lost Chain suspension bridge over Schuylkill River on Road
Replaced by a new bridge

Ferrellsburg Vicinity Swinging / Suspension Footbridge (Lincoln County, West Virginia)
Wire suspension bridge over Guyandotte River on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Fink Creek Foot Bridge (Gilmer County, West Virginia)
Built 1970
Suspension bridge over Fink Creek
Open to pedestrians only

Finley's Bridge (Carbon County, Pennsylvania)
Built ca. 1826; dismantled in 1933
Lost Wire suspension bridge over Lehigh River on Road
Replaced by a new bridge

Fitches Bridge (Chemung County, New York)
Lost Wire suspension bridge over Chemung River
Replaced by a new bridge

Flat River Swinging Bridge (St. Francois County, Missouri)
Built prior to 1910; demolished sometime after 1980
Lost swinging footbridge over Flat River between Coffman and Haney streets in Park Hills
No longer exists

Flat Rock Swinging / Suspension Footbridge (Scott County, Virginia)
Wire suspension footbridge over Clinch River on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Fleenor Mill Ford Swinging / Suspension Footbridge (Washington County, Virginia)
Wire suspension footbridge over North Fork Holston River on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Flory Park Suspension Footbridge (Licking County, Ohio)
Wire suspension bridge over Raccoon Creek on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Folsom Suspension Bridge (Sacramento County, California)
Built 1861, collasped in a flash flood in 1862
Lost Wire suspension bridge over American River in Folsom
Collapsed

Fort Steuben Bridge (Jefferson County, Ohio)
Built 1928 by the Dravo Contracting Co.; rehabilitated 1972; closed 2008. Imploded Feb. 21, 2012.
Lost suspension bridge over the Ohio River on OH 822 between Steubenville and Weirton
Demolished

Foster Park Footbridge (Allen County, Indiana)
Built ca.1920
Wire suspension bridge over St. Mary's River on Rivergreenway off of Bluffton Road
Open to pedestrians

Fourth of July Suspension Foot / Pack Bridge (Clearwater County, Idaho)
Wire suspension bridge over North Fork Clearwater River on a pedestrian and equestrian trail
Open to pedestrians and equestrian activity

Frazier Road Suspension Bridge (Clay County, Kentucky)
Wire suspension bridge over Goose Creek on Walkway
Open to pedestrians only

French Ford Bridge (Henry County, Missouri)
Lost suspension bridge over South Grand River
No longer exists

Friendship Swinging / Suspension Footbridge (Abandoned) (Washington County, Virginia)
Abandoned wire suspension footbridge over South Fork Holston River
Abandoned

Frog Bayou Foot Bridge (Crawford County, Arkansas)
Lost Wire suspension bridge over Frog Bayou on former pedestrian trail
Lost

Fulks Run Swinging / Suspension Footbridge (Rockingham County, Virginia)
Wire suspension footbridge over Little Dry River on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Fulton Pipeline Bridge (Hempstead County, Arkansas)
Pipeline suspension bridge over the Red River at Fulton
Pipeline is active

Garfield Park Suspension Bridge (Cook County, Illinois)
Built 1893;
Wire suspension bridge over Garfield Park Lagoon on Pedestrian Walkway
Open to pedestrians only

Gate City Vicinity Swinging / Suspension Bridge (Scott County, Virginia)
Wire suspension footbridge over Big Moccasin Creek on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Gateway Bridge (Clinton County, Iowa)
Built 1956
Suspension bridge over Mississippi River on US 30 at Clinton
Open to traffic

General Dean Suspension Bridge (Clinton County, Illinois)
Built 1859
Suspension bridge over Kaskaskia River at Fairfax Street in Carlyle
Open to pedestrians only

George Washington Bridge (New York County, New York)
Opened to traffic October 25, 1931; lower level opened August 29, 1962
Suspension bridge over Hudson River on I-95 in New York
Open to a total of 14 lanes of traffic

Glassworks Gallery Suspension Footbridge (Rappahannock County, Virginia)
Wire suspension bridge over Thornton River on pedestrian pathway
Open to pedestrians only

Glen Oak Park Iron Suspension Bridge (Peoria County, Illinois)
Built 1902
Wire suspension bridge over park road on Closed pedestrian path
Intact but closed to all traffic