High Bridge Trail is a 31 mile Rails to Trails pathway located in a Virginia State Park of the same name. The bridge itself is 2400 ft long and rises 125 ft above the Appomattox River. Built in 1883, the High Bridge is the longest recreational bridge in Virginia and among the longest in the nation. The bridge is listed as a Virginia Historic Landmark.
As I was driving back home to the mountains of Virginia, after visiting the ocean in North Carolina, I passed by this community lake. I’m not even sure where along the drive it was. Those reflections on a bright, beautiful day just caught my eye.
This is truly “mobile” photography as I took the shot with my phone while driving under the tower of this suspension bridge.
The Arthur Ravenel Bridge is a 2.5 mile long cable-stayed suspension bridge with two diamond-shaped towers, each 575 feet high. The bridge, which connects Charleston and Mount Pleasant, is named after Charleston politician Arthur Ravenel who led the campaign for the bridge to be constructed over the Cooper River. Construction took less than four years and the bridge opened to traffic on July 16, 2005, at a cost of $632 million. Almost 80,000 cars travel on the bridge daily. The bridge’s structure is designed to withstand shipping accidents and natural disasters that have plagued Charleston’s history including hurricanes with wind gusts of 300mph and earthquaktes of 7.4 on the Richter scale. To protect the bridge from drifting ships, the towers are flanked by one-acre rock islands. Ships will run aground on the islands before colliding with the towers. To see a bird’s eye view of the bridge, click here.