Kimberling Creek Suspension Bridge &

Cow Pasture River Suspension Bridge, 1992

Appalachian Trail, Blacksburg Ranger District, Jefferson National Forest, VA

Deerfield Ranger District, George Washington National Forest, VA

Satellite view of Bridge Location. View Larger Map

Kimberling Creek Bridge and Creek in 1995.USE:  Pedestrian

SPAN:  150'


TOWERS:  34' tall, CCA treated southern yellow pine.

ANCHORS:  14 cy concrete deadmen w/ 1-1/2" ASTM A 307 rod each mainline.

MAINLINES:  1", ASTM A 603, 7x7 Wire Rope

Builder Carroll Vogel visiting Kimberling Creek Bridge in 1995.

The Kimberling Creek Bridge is located on the Appalachian Trail, in southwest Virginia, near Marion. At the bridge crossing, Kimberling Creek is a lazy, bucolic stream overstoried with oak, hickory, ash and other eastern hardwoods. It is a great spot to spend a quiet afternoon hiking, picnicking and swimming, and the bridge is renowned among AT through-hikers because of its proximity to Trent's Grocery, a popular spot for rest, refreshment, and re-supply.

The Cow Pasture River Suspension Bridge is located on the Deerfield Ranger District, George Washington National Forest, near Staunton, VA. It provides major recreational access to Forest Service land that previously was inaccessible for parts of each year due to high flood waters.

Mack McFarland on CowPasture River Bridge in 1996. The Kimberling Creek and Cow Pasture Bridges were our first cable bridges, constructed for the U.S. Forest Service in the early 90s. They are nearly identical bridges, based on a traditional design supplied to the Forest Service by the National Park Service.

The treated timber bridge towers are set in concrete abutments and the mainlines are anchored to concrete deadmen using fabricated steel rods. Cable suspenders support a floor beam and diaphragm-braced stringer deck system. The railing consists of dimensional horizontal rails affixed to 4 x 4 posts, which in turn are attached to the stringer box frame. The bridges were erected by pre-assembling the tower poles on the ground and tilting them into position, then casting the abutment concrete in place. Skylines were used for erection of the mainspan, including installation of suspenders, floor beams, and stringers.   

The photos on the right of this page are of bridge builder Carroll Vogel at Kimberling Creek Bridge three years after construction, and of bridge builder Mack McFarland at Cow Pasture River, also about three years after construction. The photo gallery contains construction sequence photos for Kimberling Creek Bridge only.

Cow Pasture River Bridge 4 years after construction.