5 Bridges Near Pigeon Forge You Need to Explore

bridges in Pigeon Forge

While out hiking in the Smoky Mountains National Park, you’re likely to come across a few bridges in your travels. But did you know that the Pigeon Forge and Smoky Mountain area features some unique bridges that you can access without taking a long hike? Read more about these special bridges near Pigeon Forge that are definitely worth checking out on your next trip!

Harrisburg Covered Bridgebridges near Pigeon Forge

The Harrisburg Covered Bridge, also known as the Pigeon River Covered Bridge, is located in Sevierville off of U.S. Highway 411. This historic bridge was built in 1875 as a travel route and continues to serve the infrastructure today. Though updates had been made through the years, by the 1970s, the bridge had deteriorated so much that there were plans to destroy it. Luckily, the Daughters of the American Revolution raised funds to rehabilitee the bridge and pushed for it’s safety by requesting it be included in the National Register of Historic Places. On June 10, 1975, the bridge made that list.

Location:
617 Harrisburg Rd. Sevierville, TN 37876

Emert’s Cove Covered Bridgebridges near Pigeon Forge

Located in Pittman Center, just outside of Gatlinburg, Emert’s Cove Covered Bridge is another beautiful structure with a history. It got its name from Frederick Emert, a Revolutionary War soldier who was the first settler in the area in 1790. There’s a small pull off by the bridge where you can stop to take pictures, walk along the river below, fish, or read all about the bridge’s history. Just a half mile down the road, you can find Frederick Emert’s burial place. Stop by this bridge for a history lesson, a beautiful view, and give yourself an opportunity to explore the small town of Pittman Center while you’re there!

Location:
Hills Creek Rd. (off Pittman Center Rd.), Sevierville, TN 37862

Swinging Bridgebridges near Pigeon Forge

Perfect for adventure seekers, this bridge is for walking persons only and to no surprise – it swings across the water! Located in beautiful Townsend, this bridge is perfect for photos or as a place to admire nature in quiet solitude. Play on the bridge and listen to the water. It might not look like much at first, but it’s definitely worth the stop!

Location:
7802 W Old Hwy 73, Townsend, TN 37882

Elkmont Troll Bridgebridges near Pigeon Forge

This small, stone bridge is a special find located down a side trail just off the main Little River Trail.  A few hundred feet up from the trailhead of Little River Trail is a gravel path going to the right. This path takes you to the “troll bridge” which you will find on the left. Surrounded by wildlife and greenery, it’s the perfect place to visit in the summer. It’s also a safe and easy path to hike, so hikers of all ages and skills can make it to the bridge. Explore the Smokies at their best by taking a step off the beaten path.

Location:
35°39’13.1″N 83°34’48.7″W, Little River Trail

America’s Bridge to Prosperity and Whispering Winds Covered Bridgebridges near Pigeon Forge

Located in Foxfire Mountain Adventure Park, the Bridge to Prosperity is a 335-foot-long swinging bridge – the longest swinging bridge over water in America. Though it might look intimidating, the bridge can hold some 135,000 pounds. Put your bravery to the test and make it across fearlessly! Foxfire Mountain Adventure Park also features the Whispering Winds Covered Bridge, a special bridge that makes your wishes come true. Visitors are encouraged to write down their wishes and hang them from the ceiling for them to come true! Note that this is part of an attraction, so you’ll need to pay to view these bridges!

Location:
3757 Thomas Ln, Sevierville, TN 37876

The mountains demand your attention, but there’s so much other scenery and architecture to admire while you’re here. Take some time out of your day to explore these beautiful bridges near Pigeon Forge!

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