BOYNE FALLS, Michigan – Just in time for the changing leaves, the world’s longest wooden tower suspension bridge is now open to tourists in Northern Michigan.
For those who wish to ride the chairlift to the top of the mountain and pay a fee of around $25, the bridge offers stunning views of the Boyne Valley.
The bridge is only open to foot traffic and spans the length of three football fields between the peaks of McLouth and Disciples Ridge.
Hawaii-based Experiential Resources designed the bridge, which resembles the scenic SkyBridge in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.
Two massive wooden towers support the walkway, which has a 36-foot window in the middle, allowing visitors to see the valley below.
Operators say the bridge is open year-round, but there are restrictions when the 1,203ft-long span is closed for safety reasons.
SkyBridge Michigan says its team continuously monitors strong winds and suspends operations when gusts reach 35 mph.
The risk of thunderstorms with lightning poses a threat, so a weather event within 15 miles of the site will force a halt to operations.
Precipitation will not necessarily force the bridge to close as long as pedestrian surfaces remain clear and visibility is adequate.
According to Boyne Mountain Resort, winds have already forced the bridge to close a few times in its first week of operation.
The walking platform is suspended by cables, allowing the deck to swing to accommodate changing weather and the weight of guests.
New York Post