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The Historic Bridgeport Walking Trail begins at the Bridgeport Depot Museum and leads to the Tennessee River. Once at the shoreline, you walk across the Tennessee River on a converted railroad bridge. An active railroad bridge runs parallel to the pedestrian bridge. Stop and enjoy the river traffic below. And, you can enjoy the historic museum before and after your walk.
Take US-72 to the Bridgeport exit. Travel into town on SR-277. From South Pittsburg, Tennessee turn left at the traffic light onto Broadway Avenue. Broadway Avenue will take you to the museum and the beginning of the walking path.
Trail is one mile out, and one mile back(you have to make the roundtrip). You walk up an incline from the railway station parking lot, about 75 yards or less, and the rest of the walk is flat. The first half thru the park is almost all in the shade and then the walk across the bridge/river is all in the sun. Very beautiful, peaceful, an easy stroll for older people, like my wife and I. If you find yourself in the Bridgeport, Alabama area, I would highly reccomend.
This jewel of a trail is making me reconsider skipping all the small trails. At right at 2 miles round trip, the Bridgeport Walking Trail boasts outstanding scenery, a river crossing and parallels a working railroad. The trail begins near the old depot on Bonner Ave. A steep ascension is difficult to navigate in 90+ degree heat but soon transitions to a gravel railroad bed leading to the Tennessee River. If you wish to ride to the bridge, I’d advise taking the paved Bonner Ave. If you are traveling I24, take the South Pittsburgh Exit and and stretch a few minutes in Bridgeport.
We had a wonderful time walking the trail, seeing the old train depot and antique trains...but, our greatest thrill was encountering an active freight train on the parallel train tracks while crossing the beautiful pedestrian bridge this morning. The very friendly Conductors gave us several nice whistle blows and we enjoyed waving back at them. The walk across the Tennessee River on the old train trestle was a truly beautiful experience. Many thanks to all in Bridgeport.
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