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Brumley, Missouri: Swinging Bridges Road (Closed)

Cross two swinging bridges in your car, one right after the other. One has steel planks, the other is longer and has wooden planks that clatter as you cross. Both bridges are one-way and not for the faint-of-heart. Closed to traffic January 2021.

Both bridges are one-way and not for the faint-of-heart. From Brumley drive west on Hwy 42 for a half-mile. Turn left onto (gravel) Swinging Bridges Rd (look for small Lake Ozarks Lake Rd sign). Drive two miles. You'll cross the steel bridge, then turn right onto Rodden Creek Rd and cross the wooden bridge.
Closed to traffic Jan. 2021.

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Swinging Bridges Road

As of 3/28/22 the bridges have been closed to both vehicle and pedestrian traffic. They have major structural problems. It's unknown if they will reopen.

[kathi jollie, 04/07/2022]

Under the swinging bridge.

Swinging Bridges Road

Swinging Bridges Road is worth a visit for sure. I wasn't brave enough to drive over, but I did walk over it (and investigate underneath it).

[Mary Beth Niebler, 11/12/2020]
Swinging Bridges Road

The first bridge has cross-members of steel. The second bridge is just as the photo shows [in a previous tip]. We drove a Honda Gold Wing Trike across and, frankly, it was scary. Unless you want to drive an additional five miles of very rough dirt roads, go back across the bridge toward Hwy 42.

[Kenneth Pesce, 08/03/2016]

That means you get to drive twice across the scary swinging bridge. Sounds good to us.

Swinging bridge.

Swinging Bridges Road

Whoa. We were highly pleased with these bridges. One is metal and the other is wood. Beautiful area. The directions were great too. On the gravel road, there's a pumpkin patch that is in a cave that's open in October. Not sure of details but makes it sound even more worthy of a detour!

[Mallory Billings, 05/21/2016]

Swinging Bridges

Swinging Bridges Road

The directions provided are perfect and easy to follow. The metal bridge is short and loud, and you can feel it swing slightly when you drive across it. It isn't very exciting but it's fun in its own way. Then you get to the wood planked bridge and it is entirely different. There is space at the foot of the bridge where you can park.

I highly suggest getting out and walking across the bridge first. There is very little actual traffic so don't worry. This serves two purposes. 1) Check to make sure there are no missing planks -- this has been reported as a problem in the past but it was fully repaired when we went. 2) When walking, you can see down between the planks to the river below, and if you jump up and down you can make the whole bridge shake. It is creepy and exhilarating. Driving over it was a special kind of terrifying. You really can feel it sway.

Roll the windows down to hear it creaking, cracking, and popping as you drive across.

[Sara Kay, 03/22/2016]

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