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Swinging Bridge

Highway 42, Ozarks State Park, Osage Beach, MO 72560
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We saw the reviews and decided to check it out. From Osage Beach parkway, you are looking at a... read more

Reviewed yesterday
5CUBEZ
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Bloomington, Illinois
Fun to drive over. A little scary.

It was a nice drive in the woods. The bridge itself is neat but a little scary to drive over but... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
rnjoyful
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Anchorage, Alaska
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  • Excellent48%
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  • Average13%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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“gravel road” (18 reviews)
“state park” (17 reviews)
“long drive” (5 reviews)
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
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Highway 42, Ozarks State Park, Osage Beach, MO 72560
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"gravel road"
in 18 reviews
"state park"
in 17 reviews
"long drive"
in 5 reviews
"weight limit"
in 4 reviews
"beautiful area"
in 5 reviews
"bit out of the way"
in 3 reviews
"wooden deck"
in 3 reviews
"well worth the trip"
in 4 reviews
"an adventure"
in 2 reviews
"deep breath"
in 2 reviews
"honor system"
in 2 reviews
"unique experience"
in 3 reviews
"turned around"
in 2 reviews
"metal"
in 13 reviews
"scary"
in 26 reviews
"truck"
in 11 reviews
"suspension"
in 7 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday

We saw the reviews and decided to check it out. From Osage Beach parkway, you are looking at a one-way trip of about 20 minutes through hilly, winding roads. The last couple miles are a gravel road. The bridge was ok......I definitely wouldn't go out...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

It was a nice drive in the woods. The bridge itself is neat but a little scary to drive over but it made it seem like more of an adventure.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you have ever seen a swinging bridge, there is no need to see this one which is typical of others. It's drivable and perhaps a little longer than some swinging bridges I have seen in the past. My wife does not trust swinging bridges...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Heard about the swinging bridge that can hold up to 3 tons. On looking at the bridge, I wasn’t very confident. The bridge is worn, but manny parts have been restored. I know we could have driven it, but walking it was enough. Once we...More

2  Thank iowaer
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Before you go read up on the history of this beautiful bridge. You’ll appreciate it even more. Make sure to drive across both bridges. Then you can park and walk underneath and hear the cars go over you and see the bridge swing. It sounds...More

2  Thank Heidi G
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Reviewed May 1, 2018

This swinging bridge was AWESOME! It's a little terrifying if you're a scardy-cat like me (because the wood is old, has tons of gaps and holes, and is creaky!), but so worth walking and driving across. It's a very nice area to explore. I highly...More

3  Thank Bethany P
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Reviewed April 5, 2018

The swinging bridges is a nice little jaunt while in the area. When I saw the first bridge I thought there was no way I would go on it. We walked it and it seemed not so scary besides some broken metal that was bent...More

6  Thank Craig O
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Reviewed March 28, 2018 via mobile

We drove to the 2 swinging bridges... had no problem finding them on Swinging Bridge Rd. The Auglaize one only holds 3T so we didn’t drive over it... and we wouldn’t have anyway! Broken, rotten boards! It was absolutely fascinating... but horrifying too! :) Beautiful...More

1  Thank RiannK
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Reviewed February 25, 2018 via mobile

Amazing...was a little scary...but SO worth it!!!! It was easy to get to..even on a motorcycle and after heavy rain!!

2  Thank Lynette G
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Reviewed December 7, 2017

The bridges (2) were built in 1924 by Joseph Dice. Amazingly they were built "as he went along" with no blue prints or engineering data and are suspended by bundles of bailing wire. Very few drivers have the courage to drive over the long bridge,...More

3  Thank Richard Z
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FRANKLIN R
May 29, 2017|
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Response from Kathyrose2013 | Reviewed this property |
No, free ride if you dare!
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Michelle G
April 17, 2017|
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Response from DustinHolmes | Reviewed this property |
The road is not paved. There are places to turn around on each side of the bridge so you can drive to the bridge and turn around without having to cross it.
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Chris R
November 14, 2016|
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Response from MissMem | Reviewed this property |
The suggestions below sound correct. All I remember is that it was futher than we expected. But we loved the adventure.
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