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Buchanan Swinging Bridge

Address: 19990 Main Street, Buchanan, VA
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Ranked #1 of 13 things to do in Buchanan
Type: Bridges, Landmarks & points of interest, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Bridges, Landmarks & points of interest, Sights & Landmarks
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Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Oh what fun! Signs posted warn you - no more than three at a time- and no swaying😈! Just walking across is a thrill in itself. At no charge this is something worth stopping to enjoy. The view over the river is so pretty. Just 5 miles away is an entry to the Blue Ridge Parkway well known for its... More 

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Stuarts Draft, Virginia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Pretty cool little experience. The town isn't too big and there isn't a whole lot there but this is worth a small stop, especially if you have kids they will really enjoy it! It really does swing, but not enough to make a motion sickness person weak in the knees. On a nice clear day you are able to see... More 

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Delaware
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683 reviews 683 reviews
275 attraction reviews
1,281 helpful votes 1,281 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Planned this roadside attraction as a stop along our drive along I-81. Found this to be a decent place to stretch the legs, get some fuel and fill up our bellies. The bridge is just a few minutes drive off the interstate & right downtown next to shops, dining and fuel station. The bridge itself is pretty neat. It sways... More 

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Morristown, TN
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We can't take a drive up 81 or 11 without stopping in Buchanan and walking across the swinging bridge. My daughter has grown up playing on the bridge. Stand in the middle and look down at the river and pay close attention and you can spot several different species of fish - smallmouth bass, sunfish and carp for the most... More 

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137 reviews 137 reviews
36 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We've walked across this bridge several times on trips through the area, and it is always a fun thing to do. Not many places you can walk across a major river on a swinging bridge!

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Ferrum, Virginia
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79 reviews 79 reviews
16 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

This is pretty awesome swinging or swaying bridge. It def feels a little unsafe but is a must do if you are ever in this small town. Don't expect to be there long unless you want to take in the great view of the river and mountains.

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Roanoke, Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Great easy stop off of I 81 to get out of the car and stretch a big on this awesome swinging bridge across the James River - perfect for kids. . . . free!

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St. Paul
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

This bridge was rebuilt some time ago after a flood, so it is relatively new. The whole town is wonderful with a classic Main Street. We used to live there and miss it.

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virginia
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19 reviews 19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

Fun little bridge right there in town. Couldn't believe how mush it would actually swing, kinda freaked me out!

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7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013 via mobile

Take an extra 5 minutes to stretch your legs during a long drive here! It is quick, easy and free! Fun for kids because it looks scarier than it is. Even my most hesitant child was excitedly looking over the rail within minutes! Sturdy walkway and has a little bit of sway (not bad).

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