This fall, don your walking shoes, head to Jeffersonville, and experience the thrill of looking down on the Ohio River flowing under the historic Big Four Bridge. Lunch places abound in the area, so whatever appetite you work up you will find satisfactory sustenance.
Big Four Bridge | Big Four Station
Market and Mulberry Streets
To walk across the Big Four Bridge is to have an entirely new experience with the Ohio River than you might have ever expected. On a recent afternoon, our photographer and I found ourselves exploring the old railroad bridge that stretches from Jeffersonville to Waterfront Park in Louisville. Strolling under its truss canopy was like walking under a wide lace ribbon. The railroad bridge was constructed in 1895 and now is accessed by a gently sloping ramp that was created when it became a pedestrian bridge in 2013. Along your walk, recounted on three information boards, you can read the history and happenings of the bridge from design to construction to today. A part of Louisville and Indiana lore that you might not be aware of.
Be forewarned: There are no dogs or other pets, skateboards, motorized vehicles (except mobility devices) allowed. Just people and friendly pigeons!
By Lucy M. Pritchett | Photos by Melissa Donald