Absolutely breathtaking!! We visited the bridge twice. Once after a storm - it was still extremely windy. The wind was so strong the trees were bending over and it pushed you a little as you made your way down the path that twisted down beneath the bridge.
The second time was yesterday. It was sunny and the water was relatively calm. However, it was packed with a lot of people, so we made our way over to the west beach in the park.
The path down is very steep. If you have small children, be certain to hold on to them, as it is still quite windy, even on a sunny day. One clumsy move and you might take a nasty tumble down off of the edge of the cliff. I'll admit, it did frighten me a bit at the thought of one of my children tumbling over the edge. The water is a very pretty shade of green.
Bring a jacket to block out the strong, cold wind.
I didn't test out the bathrooms, although my son said they were quite gross and refused to use them the second time we came through. Being a female, I am turned off by the restrooms at most parks. I try to make sure that I take care of "that" before getting into the parks, especially if it is just the children and myself.
West Beach has lots of different sized pebbles. Many rocks that others were climbing on. I didn't try to climb on them, mainly because of my two year old. It did look like fun though. I didn't see too much wildlife. Maybe I didn't look hard enough? I saw lots of wildlife in/around Cranberry Lake as we went to leave though.
The water was clear, frothy and pretty calm. It sparkles with a greenish-blue tint.
Please note, there is no fee when visiting the bridge. However, if you want to go into the park, there is a $10.00 fee for a one day Discover Pass or you can purchase an annual pass for $30.00.
If I could come down here by myself, I would definitely do that. There are many opportunities for a "picture perfect" moment. Either way, it's a beautiful area. If you want to avoid the crowds, come in the winter on a sunny day. It's cold, but well worth it!
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