Bellamy Bridge Heritage Trail
Florida's Most Haunted Bridge!
The Bellamy Bridge Heritage Trail is a one-half mile long
walking trail in Jackson County, Florida. It provides public
access to historic Bellamy Bridge, a steel-frame structure
completed in 1914 that is the oldest bridge of its type in Florida.
Bellamy Bridge is the focal point of what is believed to be
Florida's best known ghost story! The mysterious apparition of
a young woman is said to appear in the vicinity of the old bridge
and many believe it is the earth-bound spirit of Elizabeth Jane
Croom Bellamy. Elizabeth died on May 11, 1837.
The historic bridge can once again be reached by the public via
the new Bellamy Bridge Heritage Trail. It leaves from a new
parking area 4057 Hwy 162, Marianna, FL, 2.7 miles west of
Old U.S. Road.
For Accurate Directions, Use this Map:
Florida's Most Famous Ghost Story
The legend of the Ghost of Bellamy Bridge
is perhaps Florida's most famous ghost
story. The ghost of a young woman named
Elizabeth Jane Bellamy has been seen in
the bridge vicinity for more than 120 years.
Click Here to Read the Story!
The "Other" Ghosts of Bellamy Bridge
Three other ghost stories are told about the
bridge and its vicinity. All originate from the
early 1900s and add an additional air of
mystery to historic Bellamy Bridge. They
surround three untimely deaths.
Click here to Read More!
Jackson County Spanish Heritage Trail
The site of Bellamy Bridge has been used
as a place for crossing the Chipola River for
hundreds of years. Spanish documents
indicate that the expedition of Marcos
Delgado crossed the river here in 1686.
Read about Marcos Delgado at Bellamy!
Battle of the Upper Chipola
An important battle of the First Seminole
War was fought near the Bellamy Bridge
Heritage Trail in March 1818. U.S. Creek
troops, led by Brig. Gen. William McIntosh,
attacked the Red Ground chief here.
Read about the Forgotten Battle.
History of Bellamy Bridge
The historic steel-frame bridge turns 100
years old in 1914 and stands on the site of
earlier wooden bridges that date back to
1851. The history of the bridge itself
provides a unique look back through time.
Read the History of Bellamy Bridge
Bellamy Bridge Heritage Trail
Learn more about the new Bellamy Bridge
Heritage Trail, print out the self-guided tour
brochure and take a look at photographs
and video of this great new Florida heritage
Bellamy Bridge Heritage Trail Info
NOTE: DO NOT USE BELLAMY BRIDGE ROAD TO REACH THE
Access to Bellamy Bridge via Bellamy Bridge Road is no longer
open to the public. To reach the Bellamy Bridge Heritage Trail
and historic Bellamy Bridge, please use the new parking area
on CR 162. It is located exactly 1/10 mile west of the western
end of the Chipola River bridge.
The address for your GPS is 4057 Hwy 162, Marianna, FL.
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Last Updated: June 14, 2014
Bellamy Bridge Heritage Trail is now OPEN!
Flooding repairs continue, but the trail is open.
|Bellamy Bridge Heritage Trail
"BUILD OUR FOOTBRIDGES"
|We are raising money to build two footbridges
on the Bellamy Bridge Heritage Trail! Since our
project is not supported by property taxes, we rely
on you to help us! Building these bridges will be a
major step in making historic Bellamy Bridge
accessible to the public year-round!
from $1 & up!
|Or send your tax deductible donation to:
Chipola Historical Trust
2305 Fillmore Drive
Marianna, FL 32448
(Please note "Bellamy Bridge" on the memo line of your check or