North Carolina March 20, 2016
This Terrifying Swinging Bridge In North Carolina Will Make Your Stomach Drop
At the top of Grandfather Mountain, you’ll find a bridge that allows you to walk literally one mile above sea level through the clouds, through rocky cliffs, and from one starting point to one end point.
Of course I'm talking about the extremely daring, adventurous, and sometimes scary Mile High Swinging Bridge.
The bridge is certainly not for the faint of heart, but it's totally worth conquering your fear of heights to cross.
The bridge has been in place since 1952. It was rebuilt in 1999 to provide extra safety and a general 'facelift' for the original bridge. It is America's highest suspension footbridge.
The 228-ft. bridge is certainly a feat for those who cross. But you'll be pleasantly rewarded on your journey across and at the end.
While on the bridge, you're treated to 360 degree views of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Some sources say, on a clear day, you can even see the Charlotte skyline in the distance.
But the view from the other side is SERIOUSLY worth it. Once you cross, you'll get rocky outlooks and gorgeous scenery from Linville Peak.
Even before you reach the bridge, on your way up, you can choose to hike instead of drive. The hiking trails at Grandfather are strenuous, challenging, yet extremely rewarding. Like the Grandfather Mountain Trail pictured above.
This picture above really puts it into perspective just how high up you are. But don't fret - it's totally worth it. What's life if not conquering some fears and feeling extremely adventurous and proud of yourself when the reward is breathtaking views and lots of adrenaline!
Of course, you'll want to aim for experiencing it on a clear, sunny day. But foggy days can also have their own sort of magic.
If you haven't crossed the Mile High Swinging Bridge yet, what are you waiting for? This is a once in a lifetime experience you won't regret!
I have fond memories of crossing this bridge during my childhood and now I can’t wait to cross it during my adult years. Sure, I’m scared of heights, but I’m more scared of missing out on amazing experiences!
Have you crossed the bridge yourself? If so, what did you think?