At 100 years old, the Harahan Bridge just became the longest public pedestrian bridge to cross the Mississippi River. This pedestrian/bike path known as Big River Crossing has been years in the making. It connects Memphis to Arkansas while offering beautiful views of the skyline and an exciting new way to get in shape while experiencing nature.
On October 22, 2016 Big River Crossing opened to the public. If you couldn’t be there for yourself, take a minute to see what you missed, while Terence Patterson, President of the Downtown Memphis Commission, talks about what it means for Memphis and the whole Mid-South.
Things to know:
- The bridge is about a mile long from end to end.
- The bridge is free and open daily from sunrise to 10pm.
- Security cameras monitor the bridge 24 hours a day and two emergency call boxes are available.
- To access the bridge you can park on Channel 3 Drive on the Memphis side or on Dacus Lake Road on the Arkansas side.
- Pets must be on a leash and please remember to pick up after them.
- There are no garbage cans on the bridge. If you carry it on, carry it off.
- Big River Crossing will extinguish all decorative LED lights for a 30-minute period when a locomotive approaches the Harahan Bridge’s Union Pacific Line. This action is an exercise of abundant safety precaution for Union Pacific and will be evaluated over the coming months.