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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 (4.3 m) Gothic arch and stretches 130 feet (40 m) 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, about which ghost stories have been told for decades, is located off U.S. Highway 25 north of Greenville, South Carolina. The bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.
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  • Drove 90 minutes hoping to visit another spot, and unfortunately it turned out to be on private land. Ended up here just by chance turning down a road. While there are signs directing you to area... 
    Drove 90 minutes hoping to visit another spot, and unfortunately it turned out to be on private land. Ended up here just by chance turning down a road. While there are signs directing you to area...  more »
  • Beautiful place and just imagining the history of that bridge. The drive in is very pretty as well! The kids enjoyed the cold creek water to pay in 
    Beautiful place and just imagining the history of that bridge. The drive in is very pretty as well! The kids enjoyed the cold creek water to pay in  more »
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  • This place is absolutely beautiful! The drive there offers stunning scenery. You will park in a very small area across from the bridge, walk across the road and you are standing on top of the bridge. A perfect spot for those who aren’t able to walk far or hike. We walked across the bridge and took a trail to the left, walked through the creek, and came up the other side. The trail down was short, but to get the best view of the bridge you have to stand in the creek or come down the steep side [before crossing over the bridge]. A great place to take family and nature photos! I will definitely be going back.
  • Thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Poinsett Bridge. I had read much about it over the years, but had not had the opportunity to visit until today. The bridge was much bigger than expected and the entire setting is peaceful and serene. Far exceeded my expectations.

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