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Jackson River Swinging / Suspension Footbridge


Foot bridge over the Jackson river

Photo taken by Panoramio user G Day

License: Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs (CC BY-ND)

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BH Photo #267599


Suspension footbridge over Jackson River on Pedestrian Crossing
Clifton Forge, Alleghany County, Virginia
Derelict/abandoned. No trespassing signs posted.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+37.81414, -79.82436   (decimal degrees)
37°48'51" N, 79°49'28" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/603479/4185844 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Clifton Forge
Inventory number
BH 58259 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 24, 2020: Updated by Jason: Bridge is now closed and falling apart
  • October 11, 2014: New photos from Patrick S. O'Donnell
  • October 2, 2013: Added by Dave King


  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Patrick S. O'Donnell - 1 [dot] 991km [at] comcast [dot] net
  • Jason


Jackson River Swinging / Suspension Footbridge
Posted September 15, 2021, by Tracy (YOUMIS2000 [at] YAHOO [dot] COM)

The bridge existed so people up on the hill/mountain could get to work at the railroad yard and town. My great grandmother lived down the street from the bridge and in the 1970s (as kids) we would play and walk across. Back then it had wooden planks. Some years, my grandparents would only let us go across with an adult us as the bridge wasn't always in the best condition. I went back around 2012ish and they had replaced it with a metal bridge. Much safer to cross. My dad and son refused to go across but I had too for "ole time sake"

Jackson River Swinging / Suspension Footbridge
Posted December 2, 2014, by Harry (neuralguy [at] nelsoncable [dot] com)

This bridge was originally built in the late 1800's/early 1900's and was to allow people that lived on the South side of the river access to the town and their work at the C&O railroad yard without the long drive to get across the river via car.

In the early 1900's a teen-age couple jumped off the bridge in the winter when the river was swollen and committed suicide because their parents would not allow them to marry.

Jackson River Footbridge
Posted April 29, 2014, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)

Well, maybe the bridge is here so folks can get from one side of the river to the other without having to get wet.

I have not been there, but the photos show a pretty formidable river to cross without a bridge, so it seems like a good idea to me.

As to death risk? Again, only looking at the photos it appears to be in decent condition and well engineered with features like fencing along the sides, sides slope inward toward the bottom, large timber floor beams, etc. So long as the suspension cable anchors are secure, it looks like it should be a pretty safe bridge.

Did you see something that doesn't show in the photos that would indicate the bridge is unsafe? Or un-needed?

Jackson River Footbridge
Posted April 28, 2014, by Carrie (carriemkarki [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Any clue on why this bridge exists? My daughter and I are trying to figure out what it is for (other than risking death)