Walnut Street Bridge, Chattanooga

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Take a walk across the centerpiece of Chattanooga's riverfront, Walnut Street Bridge, one of the world's longest pedestrian bridges. The 724 m (2,376 ft) camelback truss was built in 1890. One side will lead you to the modern, vibrant part of the city, and the other to the famed arts district. Considered to be an extremely old example of its type, the bridge is one of the United States' National Historic Places. Plan your visit to Walnut Street Bridge and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Chattanooga itinerary maker.
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  • August 13, 2017
    The Walnut Street Bridge provides an excellent way to get to back and forth across the river when in Chattanooga. The North Shore as well as Chattanooga provides plenty of attractions, restaurants, sh...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Really enjoyed the walk across this bridge to Frazier street and coolidge park. Lots of people walking, running, riding bikes, walking their dogs. Beautiful sunset view from the bridge.  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    Delightful evening walk, especially when the western breeze is blowing. Lots of families out walking!! Grab an ice cream cone at Clumpies and enjoy a sunset!!  more »
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  • April 19, 2017
    This is an amazing walk and a must for any Chattanooga visitor. Head out to get exercise and fresh air or stroll hand-in-hand with the one you love, this walking bridge offers a spectacular atmosphere. There are plenty of seating areas over the course of the bridge to simply sit and enjoy the views of the Tennessee River and the beautiful scenery surrounding Chattanooga. With a lot of activity on the river, this bird's eye view allows for great viewpoints. This, in turn, also means excellent photo opportunities. And for love birds, this would be the perfect location for a first date or a proposal. There are several locations to enjoy a meal on both ends of the bridge as well, further making for a wonderful evening for those out with their loving partners. And there's a park down below one side for allowing for games and picnics for families and romantics alike. Visitors to Chattanooga should set aside a couple hours to take in this scenic walk. While a sunrise or sunset is spectacular to see on this bridge, taking a walk on it at any time in the daylight is sure to be a memorable experience.
  • July 4, 2017
    Such a cool piece of history with an incredible view of the city. From a practical standpoint, it connects Northshore to downtown, so you could grab lunch at Good Dog, have a game of Frisbee art Coolidge Park, and then walk on over to downtown for a walk through the Hunter Museum and some desert at the Ice Cream Show.
  • May 29, 2017
    What a beautiful place to see! It's 100% worth the stop here. I live in Colorado so to see something like this is was actually quite beautiful! Parking was easy, great walk/view and what a wonderful place to just walk around
  • June 22, 2017
    Great place to walk your best dog. Jog. Run or people watch. I Truly love the blue bridge.......
  • June 27, 2017
    I like coming here. It's a staple spot to visit when I have friends visit me. Great for watching races in the river too!

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