***The Chipola River remains over its banks in the Bellamy Bridge area tonight (1/23/2017). The water is swift and dangerous. Access to the bridge is blocked at this time.***
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 weeks and not months! In the meantime, enjoy our special video presentation of the story of the Ghost of Bellamy Bridge: