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NRT - Hiwassee Trestle


NRT Hiwassee Trestle Profile

Photo by Kelly McClanahan, sometime 1990/91 (color corrected by Fmiser)


BH Photo #268724

Street View 


Five Warren Through Truss Spans over the New River . Built in 1931 for Norfolk and Western, it is now part of the New River Trail State Park, a 57 mile long rail-to-trail project of the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.


Five Span Warren Through Truss With Verticals Carrying New River Trail Across New River. Formerly Norfolk and Western Railway.
Hiawassee, Pulaski County, Virginia
Open to pedestrians, Bicycles, Horses
Built 1931
- Virginia Bridge & Iron Co. of Roanoke, Virginia [also known as Virginia Bridge Co.]
- Norfolk & Western Railway (NW)
- Norfolk Southern Railway (NS)
Warren through truss with all verticals
Total length: 951.0 ft.
Also called
Hiwassee Trestle
Approximate latitude, longitude
+36.96313, -80.71910   (decimal degrees)
36°57'47" N, 80°43'09" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/525005/4090818 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 56515 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • July 1, 2019: Updated by Timothy and Joann Phillips: Added photos and updated description
  • December 16, 2018: New Street View added by Luke
  • December 16, 2018: New photo from Timothy and Joann Phillips
  • October 19, 2013: New photos from Kelly McClanahan
  • October 17, 2013: New Street View added by Dave King
  • October 15, 2013: New photos from Kelly McClanahan
  • June 8, 2013: Updated by Luke Harden: Corrected builder to the prexisting category. "deleted" the new category.
  • June 8, 2013: Added by Kelly McClanahan


  • Kelly McClanahan
  • Luke
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • Timothy and Joann Phillips


NRT - Hiwassee Trestle
Posted August 23, 2021, by Chris Thomas (thegreatkillfile [at] gmail [dot] com)

I thought you folks might like a shot of the Hiawassee Trestle that shows the view from the New River. This is looking north.

The photo is mine and I'm happy to give Bridgehunter unlimited use of it.

NRT Hiwassee Trestle
Posted October 17, 2013, by Kelly McClanahan

Yes, go ahead and correct them for me, I do not mind as long as I retain credit for them (not that it is really a big deal). I only recently learned how to use the scanner, and cannot really correct colors anyway since I am colorblind. Thanks for adding the street view -- it now reminded me on how I found the bridge in the first place (after all it was over twenty years ago).

NRT Hiwassee Trestle
Posted October 16, 2013, by Fmiser (fmiser [at] gmail [dot] com)


Thanks for those photos!!

Regarding the color, that can be corrected. Since you didn't specifically mention a license for your photos, they are "all rights reserved" so I can't lawfully edit them.

However, begging your forgiveness, I took the profile image and tweaked the colors. I have attached a small version of it. If you give me permission, I'll adjust the other similarly and get them to you for yourself and so you could update the ones on the website.

NRT Hiwassee Trestle
Posted October 15, 2013, by Kelly McClanahan

I finally was able to scan and add the photos of the Hiwassee Trestle. Sorry about the coloring, the photos are over twenty years old, and have been sitting in a box. I happened to find this bridge somewhat by accident when I was driving around one time. Sadly I now live about a 1000 miles away, and no longer able to get to it.