Columbus Junction, Iowa: Lover's Leap Swinging Bridge

A free-swinging foot bridge suspended across a ravine that dates to 1886 and carries a legend of a doomed Indian maiden.
Address:
Elm St., Columbus Junction, IA
Directions:
On the southwest corner of 3rd and Elm Sts, a block south of Hwy 92/Oak St.
Admission:
Free
RA Rates:
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Trail.

Lover's Leap Swinging Bridge

Once you cross the swinging bridge, you can follow a short trail that takes you down to the bottom of the ravine and then back up the other side.

[Tim Nooteboom, 06/16/2020]

Swinging Bridge.

Lover's Leap Swinging Bridge

If you want to feel like Donkey from Shrek, or like any movie with a swinging bridge, do this! I loved it, however I'm terrified of any bridge. I did this -- only walked halfway.

[Brenda Jilovec, 08/21/2018]

Lovers Leap Swinging Bridge.

Lover's Leap Swinging Bridge

Cool little pit stop to get out and stretch your soon-to-be wobbly legs exploring this part of Iowa!

[TheNomadicNielsons, 08/14/2018]

The Swinging Bridge.

Lover's Leap Swinging Bridge

Fun little stop. Bridge does get to swinging, especially when you get to the halfway point.

[Matt L., 04/22/2015]

Swinging bridge.

Lover's Leap Swinging Bridge

My wife and I walked the length of the bridge, and we quickly learned it's easier to walk on a swinging bridge when you're the only one walking. We ended up walking it in stages, she went, then I went, until we got to the end. When we were there, one of the cable railings was broken, with the rail in the middle lower than it probably should have been.

The ravine under the bridge also appeared to have been quite the party spot some time before we were there, with beer cans strewn about at the bottom.

[Steve, 09/20/2010]

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