A Bridge to Inspiration
The Double Arch Bridge at Birdsong Hollow is a work of art. Its remarkable beauty is inspirational. Painters, photographers, and digital artists have created visual portrayals of this graceful engineering sculpture.
Its elegance has been recognized nationally.
Centennial Poster Contest Winner
Mississippi State University (MSU) graphic design student Kelli Clayton created the winning travel poster in a 2016 contest celebrating the 100th birthday of the National Park Service. The purpose of the contest intended to help students and visitors explore the diverse history, culture, and beauty of the Natchez Trace Parkway (Parkway).
Questions and Answers About the Double Arch Bridge
The Double Arch Bridge is in Tennessee, along the Natchez Trace Parkway, just south of Nashville at Milepost 438.
The bridge is a significant historic and cultural feature of the parkway and is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places even though it is not 50 years old. The bridge is considered exceptional by the engineering profession and was the nation’s first segmentally constructed concrete arch bridge. The double arch structure offers travelers a view from 155 feet above the valley floor and was one of the final links in completing the Parkway’s northern district
The bridge was built using the Segmental Construction Method. Segments were attached and aligned using groups of cables and temporary towers and stays held the arches in place until the last segment was added.
The bridge is closed to pedestrian traffic during construction.
There are many beautiful places along the parkway to watch the sunset. We recommend Water Valley Overlook, Milepost 411.8; Baker Bluff, Milepost 405.1; or Swan Valley Overlook, Milepost 392.5.
Last updated: June 18, 2022