Travelers Rest, South Carolina: Oldest Bridge in South Carolina

Walk across a nearly 200-year-old bridge in the woods. It's only a few footsteps away from a modern road and parking lot.
Address:
580 Callahan Mountain Rd, Travelers Rest, SC
Directions:
From Travelers Rest drive north on US Hwy 25 for 9.5 miles. Bear right toward Camp Old Indian onto Old Hwy 25. Drive three miles. Bear right at the brown Poinsett Bridge sign onto Hwy 42/Callahan Mountain Rd. Drive 2.5 miles. You'll see the bridge on the left, parking lot on the right.
Admission:
Free
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Oldest bridge.

Oldest Bridge in South Carolina

Known as the Poinsett Bridge, this was originally part of the state road from Charleston to Asheville. It includes a 14-foot-high gothic arch and was built in 1820, originally without concrete (according to its National Register listing). Although there are no picnic tables, and the ground leading down to the stream is very uneven, this would be a good place for a picnic on a hot day if you don't mind sitting on the ground or nearby rocks.

[M.A. Roberts, 10/18/2016]

Oldest Bridge.

Oldest Bridge in South Carolina

Built in 1820, the Poinsett Bridge is the oldest surviving bridge in South Carolina. It's off the beaten path but worth the stop.

[Kris B, 06/05/2015]

It's a tiny bridge by modern standards, and safe for pedestrians only. We like that it's right off a modern road and treated as if it's an important landmark, with its own parking lot.

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