Questions we frequently get asked or better known as Frequently Asked Question or faq’s or FAQ’s
Are Public Restrooms Available?
NO, there are no restroom facilities on-site except during special events
Is The Old Railroad Bridge a part of the Alabama State Park System?
No, The Old Railroad Bridge is not a part of the Alabama State Park System and at this time is not affiliated with any governmental agency.
What is The Old Railroad Bridge?
The original bridge opened in 1839 as a toll bridge with trains crossing on the upper deck while wagons, pedestrians and livestock crossed over the bottom. Today, the pedestrian bridge provides a venue for special events and a beautiful view of the Tennessee River and Pickwick Lake. Adjacent to the bridge, access several miles of walking, jogging trails on the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Reservation.
How long is the Old Railroad Bridge?
This pedestrian bridge is 1,580 feet long and 14 feet high, offering a beautiful view of the Tennessee River
Is there an admission charge?
There is no admission charge for casual use
When is The Old Railroad Bridge open and when can it be accessed?
The Old Railroad Bridge is open from 6:00 am until 9:00 pm according to the Sheffield City Ordinance
Is the upper level open to public access?
No, the upper level is closed to the public. Anyone caught on the upper level will be charged with trespassing
Are there ghosts on the bridge?
While there has been no verifiable sightings of ghosts on the bridge, there have been reports of people hearing the rumble of train wheels on the overhead rails
I visited The Old Railroad Bridge years ago, nothing changes, so why should I visit the bridge again?
While the bridge stays pretty much the same, the surrounding views are constantly in change. With a breathtaking view of the Tennessee River and views of both the north and south banks of the river, it offers fantastic city skylines and forested areas
Is The Old Railroad Bridge handicap-accessible?
Yes, however, there is an incline down to the bridge portal that should be taken into consideration
Who owns The Old Railroad Bridge?
The Old Railroad Bridge Co., Inc. which is a 501(3)(c) corporation whose primary objective is the care and preservation of the old railroad bridge.