Earlier this week my friend and I went on a road trip to Louisville. We had several things on our agenda for the day, including lunch with my Grandma. But one of the stops was to the brand new Big Four Pedestrian Bridge. We were ready to enjoy some time outside with the kids.
The Big Four Bridge is located right on the river. You can park right at the base of the ramp and start your walk. The ramp circles around to the bridge where you can walk across the Ohio River right to the Indiana state line.
The Big Four Bridge is open! On February 7, 2013, the bridge was opened to the public for “non-through” traffic. The Indiana ramp is expected to be completed in early 2014.
The ramp that will take you down the bridge and over to the Indiana side is scheduled to be complete sometime next year. For now, you get to the end of the bridge and then turn back.
The Louisville ramp is approximately 1/4 mile and the bridge itself is approximately 1/2 mile for a current distance of 3/4 mile – 1.42 miles round trip, to be exact. The Jeffersonville ramp will also be approximately .5 mile; it should be complete in early 2014.
Playground and Waterpark
When you get done at the bridge, you can walk or drive over to the next parking lot and let the kids cool off in the waterpark area. There are restrooms on site but they are open and public. In our experience, this translates to some pretty stinky facilities.
There are shady steps on the side of the waterpark area for adults to sit and relax.
Directions and Hours
CHILDREN’S PLAY AREA
401 RIVER ROAD
HOURS OF OPERATION
Park: 6:00 a.m. – 11:00 pm
Waterplay area: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm, in season
Things to Know
- Parking is free at any of the parking lots near the bridge.
- Strollers or wagons are allowed and encouraged if you have small children. The walk is very easy, but it may seem long to little legs.
- If you go this summer, make sure you take along a water bottle.
- You will know you are at the halfway point when you hear the music. There were speakers playing fun circus music in the middle.
Have you walked across the Big Four Bridge? Got any great pictures? I’d love to see them!