Walnut Street Bridge, Chattanooga

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    Walnut Street Bridge

    by butterflykizzez04 Written Feb 3, 2014

    Tony and I enjoyed the gorgeous weather today. We parked at the paid parking lot below the bridge on the river edge..great parking...cost $1 for 1 hr. $2 for 4 hours or $4 all day..can't beat it..pay with credit card or cash

    We went to the sidewalk and started across the bridge..It is people and pets only..you can bring your pets on leash, strollers and bikes but no cars.Great views for taking pictures of Chattanooga...loved this stroll..

    Great way to get from one side or the other, about 1/2 mile walk one way..
    A true must!!! Enjoy !!!!

    At 2,376 feet long, this is one of the longest pedestrian bridges in the world. It connects Chattanooga's revitalized downtown with the now-thriving North Shore district across the Tennessee River. The views from the bridge of both shores and the river itself are simply beautiful and cannot easily be described... you'll just have to see it for yourself!

    The Tennessee Aquarium, Creative Discovery Museum, Hunter Museum of Art, Bluff View Art District, Coolidge and Renaissance Parks, Tivoli Theater, and the newly revitalized waterfront are all within close walking distance of either side of the bridge. Also accessible are several hotels, over 50 restaurants and bars, and several shopping areas. The free electric shuttle can connect you to the Choo-Choo and other Southside attractions.

    The bridge is open all year, it's completely free, and it's open to walkers, runners, bikers, and roller-bladers. A must-visit for anyone coming to the Chattanooga area.

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    Walnut Street Bridge

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Aug 19, 2012

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    Walnut Street Bridge is both the oldest and longest surviving truss bridge in the southern US. It was the first bridge in Chattanooga to span the Tennessee River, and it is said to be the first non-military highway bridge to cross anywhere on the Tennessee River.

    The bridge was closed to motor vehicles in 1978 and was unused for more than a decade. In 1993 it was saved from demolition and converted to a pedestrian bridge. At 2,376 feet in length, this is one of the longest pedestrian bridges in the world. The recently reopened Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge, now known as the Walkway Over the Hudson, stretches about 1.25 miles, more than doubling the length of Walnut Street Bridge.

    The bridge connects the Bluffs District the trendy North Shore Arts District over the Tennessee River.

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    Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Erected in 1890, this old bridge once carried horse drawn carriages and wagons across the Tennessee River, later came cars and trucks, and today it is one of America's longest pedestrian bridges. It connects Downtown with North Chattanooga and the arts district. and also the riverfront parks on both shores. A dramatic underground passsageway to the river connects by a ramp to the bridge, and marks one beginning of the infamous Trail of Tears, a landmark of Cherokee history. The bridge and 12 miles of connecting walkways offer a wonderful place for families, outdoor lovers, and others to enjoy either a brisk walk or a leisurely stroll.

    Market Street Bridge from Coolidge Riverside Park
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    Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge

    by PinkFloydActuary Written Apr 17, 2006

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    Take a walk across the river on this bridge, which is just under 1/2 a mile one way so you can say you've been on one of the world's longest pedestrian bridges. Seems like a popular place for walkers, with views of the river and Coolidge park.

    Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge

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    Walnut Street Bridge

    by dainec Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    This is the world's longest pedestrian bridge. It's a great way to go between the park (on the north side of the river) and the attractions downtown. Take your time walking across, and enjoy the view!

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