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Poinsett Bridge, Greenville

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Poinsett Bridge is the oldest bridge in South Carolina and perhaps in the entire southeastern United States. Named for Joel Roberts Poinsett, it was built in 1820 as part of a road from Columbia, South Carolina to Saluda Mountain. The stone bridge, which includes a 14-foot Gothic arch and stretches 130 feet over Little Gap Creek, may have been designed by Robert Mills, architect of the Washington Monument. Though no longer in use, the bridge remains largely intact and is part of the 120-acre (48.6 ha) Poinsett Bridge Heritage Preserve. There is a nature trail a few hundred yards from the bridge. The bridge was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.
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  • Very scenic drive up to the bridge and very serene area perfect for photo op. Not too far out of the way, and easy to get to. There are 3-4 stairs to walk down to stand on top of the bridge, or you...  more »
  • You have to know the directions but a wonderful step in history. When you realize this was the main way for horse travel and carriage travel from Asheville, NC to Greenville, SC you can just imagine.....  more »
  • Poinsett Bridge is a unique place. Located just near Camp Old Indian right off the beautiful treasured hidden highways of Greenville. You feel heritage and can only imagine how the bridge became, while enjoying your stay. It is an inspiring place to hear the beautiful stream below. What a relaxing place to enjoy solitude. They have redesigned the walk & stairs off of the road leading to the bridge and the upgrades help with traveling the terrain. We love the historical Poinsett Bridge.
  • The most quite and most relaxing enviroment ive seen in a while nice little walk area ,,,Come see our sites

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