May 11, 2016

The Bridge at Deer Rapids

This suspension bridge crosses the North Fork of the Shenandoah at Deer Rapids, which is near Strasburg. I walked out on it for about 20 feet to take pictures, but I didn't cross over it because the highway bridge was available and doesn't sway side-to-side with every step!

Before the concrete bridge was replaced a few years ago, this footbridge was necessary because vehicles could not cross the old low-water bridge whenever the river flooded over it during heavy storms. Residents of Deer Rapids were stranded except for crossing on foot. Even after the new highway bridge was built, it flooded after a fierce storm in 2011.

I cannot imagine crossing this swinging bridge during a storm with the river raging below.

I'm including one color shot so that you can see where this is located in relation to the clover field I showed in my earlier post.


  1. We have quite a few rickety, swinging bridges and I don't cross them if I don't have to!! But this is a great bridge and I'm sure it was much appreciated in its day.

  2. Yikes, I don't care for those type of swinging bridges at all. I avoid them altogether if at all possible. Just looking at those stairs makes me feel a little dizzy too! Great shots in black and white.

  3. I can see how that would make some people nervous!

  4. What a charmer and a delight to walk across

  5. That is a nice bridge but I agree with you about not being on it during a storm.

  6. Pretty impressive. I'm certain I would not want to walk on it either.


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