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.
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.
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.
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!