Big News For Big Soddy Creek Bridge . . . It’s Finished and Open !
After almost four years of planning, moving material and construction, the 94′ center span suspension bridge over the Big Soddy Creek is open for business!
Located at 35* 17’56.64″ N 85*11’50.15″ W in the Soddy Creek Gorge Section (north) of the CT, it represents a significant advance for hikers in one of the most remote areas of the 300 mile Cumberland Trail. Big Soddy Creek is subject to large variations in water height. The new bridge keeps the segment open no matter what the water level. Existing bridges had been washed away making the scramble across the boulder filled creek bottom, even at low water, both challenging and hazardous.
The Jewel of the Cumberland trail is a testament to the joint efforts of several state agencies, the CTC and volunteers who worked hundreds of hours next to the paid crew to bring the bridge to life. The full story can be found below. Many thanks to all who worked on her.