Big Dam Bridge – The Longest Pedestrian Bridge In The World, Day 134

Big Dam Bridge – The Longest Pedestrian Bridge In The World, Day 134
20 Jan

I am not kidding when I tell you that a bridge in Little Rock, Arkansas is actually called the Big Dam Bridge.

The bridge connects parts of the twenty-five mile Millennium Trail located on both sides of the Arkansas River in Little Rock and North Little Rock, Arkansas.

big dam bridge
The bridge crosses over the Murray Dam and connects the banks of the Arkansas River.

Although, there are actually longer bridges in the world used for pedestrians. However, this famous 4,200 foot structure is the longest pedestrian/cyclist bridge in the world built solely for recreation.

It reaches up to 90 feet above the river, and its state-of-the-art linear “wall-wash” LED fixtures illuminate its exterior and can create more than 16 million color schemes.

the trail
The Millennium Trail of Pulaski County – a wonderful hiking and biking path in Little Rock, AR.

The Big Dam Bridge Name

You may be wondering how the bridge got its name. After all, most bridges are named for cities or famous citizens. However this bridge got its name from a Pulaski County Judge, Floyd G. “Buddy” Villines, who was a leading advocate of the project.

As the project was in the planning stages, he once told skeptics at a meeting, “We’re going to build that dam bridge.” And thus the name was born.

location sign
At the start of the path is a location sign for all the Sister Cities of Little Rock.

Villines firmly believed that the bridge project was both a way to bring the sister cities of central Arkansas closer together but also to promote exercise for the residents of the surrounding communities.

“Bridges connect people and places and this one will attract people and be good for economic growth. Plus our culture has to change its ways, we have to be healthier.”

big dam bridge path
The path is paved and easily accessible for all to enjoy.

The Bridge Opened in 2006

In 2006, the dream became reality. The bridge was finally open to pedestrians and cyclists and hosts hundreds of visitors each day.

The path is made of concrete and is 14 feet wide. Although it is intended for exercise, for those that might want to stop and enjoy the view, there are 8 observation decks with benches placed on the bridge.

center of the big dam bridge
At the peak of the bridge there are flags of Pulaski County and its municipalities.

You can not only sit down and enjoy the view of the view of the river , you can also watch a working Lock move watercraft past the Murray Dam.

Although The Big Dam Bridge allows you to cross the Arkansas River, it also serves another purpose. It also connects the rural communities to the vibrant downtown Little Rock area.

big dam bridge lock
The Murray Lock – where watercraft are assisted from one side of the dam to the other.

A beautifully, well-maintained path for all to enjoy!

Happy Traveling! Jim and Mary

Click HERE to see where else we have been on our journey across America.

CURRENT TRIP STATUS TO DATE:

  • Day 134 of 365
  • States : 17/50
  • National Parks / Monuments : 19
  • Stayed In : Maumelle, AR
  • Miles Driven : 64.7
  • Total Trip Miles To Date : 15,053.9
  • Total Gallons Used : 1,083.0
  • Biking Miles : 0.0
  • Biking Miles To Date : 158.4
  • Hiking Miles : 4.4
  • Hiking Miles To Date : 299.6

On September 9th, 2019, we set out in our NuCamp T@B 400 Teardrop Camper to travel to every state. You can check out all of our dates here : Dates for the States

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