Brookfield, Vermont: Floating BridgeA bridge that actually floats on the water's surface. Closed in 2008; rebuilt and reopened in 2015.
Visitor Tips and News About Floating Bridge
We were on a leisurely road trip, seeing the sights in New England, and found the Floating Bridge in Vermont. It appeared to be almost entirely underwater. My husband was determined to drive across, which he did, and back again!...I opted to stay on shore and take photos of the crossing....or the sinking! He said the bridge felt much firmer under the wheels than he expected, and it was a "snap!"[Lois Jaillet, 07/14/2005]
The bridge is open again after repairs. The term "floating" is a misnomer. "Submerged bridge" is more like it. I would definitely avoid crossing on a motorcycle. I anticipated problems, proceeded at about 3 mph, and still dumped it. This thing is slick! A call to the state highway dept. yielded info that the bridge was designed to be somewhat under water. Go figger.[Ron Fusco, 07/22/2001]
I recently went to the floating bridge in Randolph VT, and you are no longer allowed to drive on it, it is closed off. It IS fun to jump off of into the water. I would like to call it the sinking bridge now because there is water covering the middle :o)[Nicole, 10/12/99, 10/12/1999]
In Vermont, outside of Randolph, 11 miles away in the "town" of Brookfield, is a true floating bridge! I have visited it a few times, making day trips with my Harley club, the Northeast Mystery Riders. As you drive on it, the bridge sinks enough that your tires will actually be in the water for the entire span! Of course not on a motorcycle 'cause they are lighter. One word of advice if you DO go on two wheels: It is EXTREMELY SLICK on the wood surface due to moss and whatever else grows there.
Take exit 4 off I-89. Take Rt.66 E. about two miles to Ridge Road (It is a fork at which Ridge Road is almost straight ahead and Rt. 66 makes a sharp right). In 6 or so miles you'll come to a stop sign. Turn left onto Rt. 65, which in a few hundred feet turns left onto the bridge.[Lee E. Williamson, 05/28/1998]
- Hwy 65, Brookfield, VT
- I-89 exit 4. East on Hwy 66 one mile to Randolph Center, then turn north. In about one mile there's a fork; Hwy 66 makes a sharp right, but go straight (north) on Ridge Rd. In about six miles there's a stop sign; turn left onto Hwy 65. In a few hundred feet it turns left onto the Bridge.
- Reopened May 23, 2015
- RA Rates:
- Worth a Detour