On my way to North Carolina, I decided to stop at the bridge and "see" I'm glad I did, it is a beautiful bridge, and the visitor center viewing is in a nice spot. (Center was closed when I arrived) I saw the bridge in the evening with overcast day, was wanting to see with a bright blue sky, alas, it wasn't to be. The next morning, I went to do some hiking, it was raining, and I was bummed. Once there I thought I would give the bridge another look! Wow! with the clouds hanging just so, it was great. Even hiking some of the trails in the rain was interesting just to see the different take on the forest in the rain was worth it!
I would recommend the bridge as a stop, even if it is just to stretch your legs, but some of the trails are definitely worth the effort. Raspberries were everywhere in late July! Made the hills worth it!