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Settles Bridge


Gwinnett County side at sundown

Photo taken by James Gonzalski in December 2007


BH Photo #113935


Bridge is located in the Chattahoochee National Recreation Area. $3 parking fee. More info available at http://www.nps.gov/akr/chat/


Abandoned pratt through truss bridge over Chattahoochee River on former Settles Bridge Road
Forsyth County, Georgia, and Gwinnett County, Georgia
Built 1896; abandoned 1950's
Pratt through truss
Approximate latitude, longitude
+34.09839, -84.10999   (decimal degrees)
34°05'54" N, 84°06'36" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
16/766620/3776836 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 36593 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • January 27, 2013: New photos from Mark Slaughter
  • October 5, 2010: Updated by Frank Mills: Added info about Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
  • May 1, 2008: Added by James Gonzalski



Rev James Solomon Settle Baptisim
Posted August 18, 2017, by Clinton Settle (clint [dot] settle [at] gmail [dot] com)

Rev James Solomon Settle Baptisms at Settles Bridge. 1910-1911

Settles Bridge
Posted January 14, 2016, by PJ Martin

This Bridge can be seen in the 80's movie Six Pack with Kenny Rogers. They drove off the river from the Forsyth County side. Pretty neat.

Settles Bridge
Posted April 21, 2015, by Clinton Dwain Settle (clint [dot] settle [at] gmail [dot] com)

My name is Clinton Dwain Settle. My fathers name was Jerry Lee Settle, Grandfather was Clarence Delas Settle, Grandmother was Genell Settle. The bridge and much of the local area adopted the Settle name from our family. I only caught bits and pieces of the history as a child. Near by there is also a local historical landmark called the Settle House. I've heard about stories of my father as he lived there with his Uncle Toy. From the stories I've heard, Indians buried gold somewhere around that area that had never been found. Is it true, may be. Where, who knows. It's is a beautiful bridge and agree it should be restored. If anyone has any additional history i would love to hear it. CLINT.SETTLE@GMAIL.COM

Settles Bridge
Posted September 8, 2013, by Tom

Took a visit to this bridge, still a beauty.

Settles Bridge
Posted July 22, 2012, by Tammy (tammyhhunt [at] yahoo [dot] com)

We used to hang out here a lot in the early 80's. Rumor had it that this bridge was haunted by a woman who had hung herself from the bridge after her husband was shot by the Forsyth County Sheriff. Supposedly that also happened at the bridge. It was very spooky at night but very cool. I'm glad to see it hasn't fallen down yet. It should be saved and made into a pedestrian path over the river..

Settles Bridge
Posted March 18, 2012, by Dwayne Cash (cashdwayne [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Hi My name is Dwayne.My grandfather use to tell me about crossing Settles Bridge when it once had wood on it.But that had to have been some time ago.As a teenager,some friends and i use to go to the bridge and walk across the I beams to the Cumming side.I've also jumped off that bridge from the middle of the lower beam and off the very top in the middle.Was frighting at the time but i done it anyways.I've spent alot of time there.Whether it was taking walks or just watching the the water flow past.Really enjoy that place.Hope someone can save that bridge from collapsing into the river.That's part of both county's history.

Settles Bridge
Posted November 23, 2009, by Stephanie Garner (stephaniegarner [at] comcast [dot] net)

Good Afternoon!

A couple of questions:

I found this old bridge, known as Settles Bridge last week while driving by and I have lived near it for appoximately 8 years. I was impressed by the beauty of the bridge. Will a historical marker be placed at the bridge on the Forsyth County side? Also, it would be nice to have a platform on the Forsyth County side to view/take pictures of the bridge along with a historical marker. Will the bridge ever be open again for people to walk across?