***The heavy rains experienced in Jackson County and upstream areas earlier this week have caused a sudden rise in the levels of the Chipola River. Bellamy Bridge Heritage Trail is now temporarily flooded and the bridge is inaccessible.***
This is a normal condition during the winter months when heavy rains cause natural flooding of the floodplain forests along the Upper Chipola River. Jackson County Parks has assured us that new footbridges can be built for the amount of money we have donated to them and they are currently wrapping up design work. These should help keep the bridge open much more often during the winter months.
We will update you as soon as the river returns to normal levels and the trail is once again accessible. Hopefully it will be a matter of days and not months! In the meantime, enjoy our special video presentation of the story of the Ghost of Bellamy Bridge: