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October 10th, 2017 by MichiganLiving 5 Amazing Bridges in Grand Rapids Michigan That You Must See!

If you are searching for beautiful destinations and amazing attractions in Michigan, Grand Rapids is certainly one of the places to be. From historic buildings and state of the art facilities up to amazing work of arts, fine architecture and museums, Grand Rapids, Michigan has it all!

Grand Rapids is also quite popular for its picturesque man-made bridges. Below are some of the best covered and urban bridges that are certainly worth the visit.

Ada Covered Bridge

The Ada Covered Bridge is a 125-foot (38 m) span Brown truss covered bridge erected in 1867 in Ada, Michigan. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The bridge is open only to pedestrian traffic and connects the Village of Ada on one side of the Thornapple River with a park on the other side. It is maintained by the Kent County Park system.

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Fallasburg Covered Bridge

Fallasburg Bridge (alternatively Fallassburgh Bridge) is a 100-foot (30 m) span Brown truss covered bridge, erected in 1871 in Vergennes Township, Michigan. The Fallasburg Covered Bridge was listed with the Michigan State Register on February 12, 1959. It was awarded a Michigan Historical Marker on September 10, 1971. The bridge was then listed with the National Register on March 16, 1972.

The picturesque setting of Fallasburg Park displays Fallasburg Covered Bridge to perfection. Its rural location and quality construction contributed to its survival during a time when old covered bridges were being destroyed to make way for new road construction. The bridge remains open to vehicular traffic. Webpage.

Bowen’s Mill Bridge

The covered bridge at Historic Bowen’s Mills in Delton is located to the south of the mill structure. It was designed by the first generation miller, Neal H. Cook and is a quaint scale replica of the covered bridge that crossed the Thornapple River in Middleville years ago. It was built in 1982 out of wood that was donated from the old Middleville Mill that was torn down at that time. The awesome beauty of the 17 foot water wheel and the 1864 Grist Mill can be viewed from the bridge. Webpage.

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Blue Bridge

The Blue Bridge stretches across the Grand River with access points next to GVSU’s Eberhard Center and the Grand Rapids River walk near Plaza Towers. The bridge was originally constructed in 1892 as a railroad bridge, but now has been converted into a pedestrian walk. The Blue Bridge is iconic to the city and is the one of the longest truss bridges in Michigan. Webpage.


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Fulton Street Bridge

Michigan’s second largest concrete arch bridge retains much of its historical integrity. It runs parallel to downtown’s Pearl Street Bridge over the Grand River. Fulton Street is a primary artery through town making the bridge a major connection between the West Side and the East Side of the City. It is also a regular site for Fishing in the City.

These are just few of the many amazing bridges in Michigan. For more of this, you can visit the following links:

These 15 Amazing Bridges In Michigan Will Surely Captivate You!

Historic Bridges in Grand Rapids

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30 responses to “5 Amazing Bridges in Grand Rapids Michigan That You Must See!”

  1. Fallasburg Park looks so picturesque. It seems like it would be a beautiful place for a walk. It would make for some great Instagram photos for sure! The Blue Bridge seems like it would be a romantic place at night, perfect for a date on a warm night.

  2. Gladys parker says:

    I have recently, within the past 5 years, discovered a love for all things pre 1900. I am enjoying your articles about such things. These bridges are beautiful and make me wish I had realized my love of these before when I could have visited them. Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. tara pittman says:

    I am loving the fall colors. The fall colors come later in New Mexico, like at the end of October.

  4. Bridge watching is one of my favorite pastimes. It amazes me how creative bridges can be. You’ve shared some pretty awesome ones.

  5. This is great to know! We are currently exploring the UP and loving it but are heading back down before we get caught in snow in our RV lol

  6. Julie Syl says:

    This is simply amazing bridges. I want to have a walk in that Blue Bridge.

  7. Ave says:

    What a great selection of bridges! I really like the covered ones. They remind me “The Bridges of Madison County” movie.

  8. Claudia Krusch says:

    These are all great bridges. My favorite is The Ada Covered Bridge. It would be a great spot for some photos.

  9. MarciaF says:

    Even after living in Michigan my entire life I haven’t seen any of these beautiful bridges. I know Grand Rapids has so much more to offer than I’ve experienced and is a place I should visit again.

  10. Thu Nguyen says:

    Fallasburg Covered Bridge impresses me the most. I couldn’t believe that a bridge can be that beautiful with the breathtaking view. I wish to visit there someday and take some gorgeous photos. Thanks for your sharing.

  11. Meg says:

    Wow – beautiful pictures! I love the rustic Michigan covered bridge! I wish I could go there right now πŸ™‚

  12. Sohaiba Irfan says:

    wow what a beautiful place!!

  13. Mal says:

    I am saving this!! My family and I were just in Ludington about an hour away for 10 days last month and I will be there with the kids for about 6 weeks next year!! I will have to check these out πŸ™‚

  14. I love looking at covered bridges, I had no idea there were so many of them in Michigan. I will have to hunt these out next time I go up that way.

  15. I don’t think I’ve been to any of these, actually. There’s one in Frankenmuth I like though.

  16. Nicole says:

    I love bridges. They are so pretty and grand. Thank you for sharing these bridges with us.

  17. Berlin says:

    This is what I like best in reading blogs. I get to discover new places worthy TO visit and this is definitely one of them.

  18. Tim B says:

    Bridges at time aren’t just functional but make for some great scenery. It was nice seeing you highlight both the old fashioned covered bridges and the newer steel architecture varieties.

  19. Jenn says:

    My parents just recently moved to Grand Rapids. Checking these out might make for a nice afternoon drive.

  20. Leigh Anne Borders says:

    We have a few covered bridges in Georgia. They are such a fun way to step back into history.

  21. Natasha says:

    They are all so pretty! As a photographer, I know they would be some of my ‘go to’ spots for some photo sessions…beautiful.

  22. These are gorgeous! There are a few that I’d love to do family photos in front of.

  23. Blair villanueva says:

    I think this Fallasburg Covered Bridge is the most friendly bridge πŸ™‚ Everyone needs a shelter during strong rain πŸ™‚

  24. sarah says:

    I love the place but the inside of the ADA covered bridge looks like a tunnel to me. The Bowen Mills bridge is the one perfect for me.

  25. I love bridges and these look like some great ones! Great places to visit for sure.

  26. katrina gehman says:

    ive never been there but i would love to after seeing these photos. looks like a great place.

  27. Cool bridges! I bet they get a lot of visits from photographers and their clients. Fallasburg Park looks like a very scenic place to visit- especially in Autumn. That foliage is beautiful!

  28. Such a unique storyline. I love all the places you mentioned in your post. Those are a great selection of bridges! Thanks for this lovely post.

  29. Rebecca Swenor says:

    These covered bridges are gorgeous and we will have to visit these hopefully some day. I really didn’t know there was so many covered bridges in Michigan. Thanks for sharing the information.

  30. I find these places perfect for a pre-engagement shoot! They are all beautiful!

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