Poinsett Bridge

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The old bridge with its rustic structure and arched "doorway" underneath is one of the oldest in the state - built in 1820. While it is the main attraction here there is also a pretty nature trail to walk along. Located in the downtown area, this is the perfect spot to get away from city life without having to go too far. (Photo by Brittany Harrington)

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Poinsett Bridge
Poinsett Bridge is the centerpiece of the 120 acre Poinsett Bridge Heritage preserve owned by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and maintained by Greenville County Rec. Constructed in 1820, it is believed to be the oldest surviving bridge in the state. It is a 14 foot Gothic arch stone structure and stretches 130 feet over Little Gap Creek. Historians believe that is was designed by Robert Mills, architect of the Washington Monument.
Detail of stonework