Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Belle Isle Footbridge

This double-decker bridge leads by foot to one of the most scenic places in Richmond proper: Belle Isle. Pedestrians take the suspended footbridge (suspended beneath Belvidere St) to cross over to the 54 acre playground. Today it's full of hiking and bike trails, families and dogs, but in the past it's served many, many purposes. According to their sign it's been a Colonial race track, a steel/iron factory, and a POW camp during the Civil War (there are more that I can't remember as well). As you can see, it has a beautiful view of the James River and if you click on the picture you can see the old bridge pilings (from 1934 when it opened as a 4 lane toll road) before this one was built in the 1980s.

Posted by mea at 7:10 AM


  1. Blogger Miss Scarlet posted at 10:12 AM  
    Hmm I've never been there. I need to.
  2. Blogger EPLUIM posted at 4:23 PM  
    I'm so glad you're back to daily!
  3. Anonymous Ciatho posted at 4:45 PM  
    I love that footbridge! It's a little scary the way it's suspended though. I've never seen it from that angle, I'll have to be more careful next time I cross!
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