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Hillman Bridge

19740 Us Highway 90, Live Oak, Florida 32060 USA

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“Abandoned bridge with breath taking views”

Just off Interstate 10, Highway 90 stands a beautiful, abandoned Hillman Bridge. The metal has rusted to a vibrant sunset-orange with a contrast of bright green flora and ivy intertwined on the railings and sides. The bridge looks over the Suwannee River and its state park and overviews an old plantation from the 1800's. Sometimes you'll see a gator down below or two and hear cicadas buzzing in the oak trees above you. There is a house right at the north end at the bridge but no one will bug you. Just cross the current U.S. 90 west, look to your right and watch for the brilliant orange of the Hillman bridge and take the first right. Park by the plantation and walk right up to this beautiful, off-beaten bridge.

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Reviewed by
bose828

  • 3 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
July 26, 2014

easy to find and only @10 minutes off I-10. pretty cool, peaceful and overlooks river. No plantation but maybe its just the remaining land of one. Great for a quick stop

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Reviewed by
dkscully

  • 3 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
January 10, 2020
Rated 5.0

totally worth the detour. the roadtrippers coordinates don’t take you right to it, you either pass it or don’t go far enough depending on the direction you’re coming from. if you came from 75 south via the weird long sand road that looks straight out of a swamp horror movie, the gps will send you past the bridge, but you should be able to see it before you pass it. ignore the gps and take the little road to the left of the dept of agriculture checkpoint (if you’re facing it). it’s marked road closed but there aren’t any barriers until the bridge itself. i saw several pairs of people walking and biking the area. some folks told me there were ruins of a town on the other side of the bridge and down a path that somewhat followed the river, and there’s a sign for the city of ellaville, but i walked for about 20 minutes past that and didn’t see much besides an old hearth and a few benches.

it’s a beautiful place to stop for a picnic and some photos. it would be a really cool place to bring a dslr and a model or your pals. highly recommend for a free and chill stop to eat and stretch your legs.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
erinmcclellan

  • 3 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
February 11, 2019
Rated 5.0

Even with the fog, it was still well worth the stop. Such a neat area!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
AmandaStefansson

  • 17 Reviews
  • 12 Helpful
June 03, 2015
Rated 5.0

19740 US Highway 90, Live Oak, FL 32060, United States

It's a little road just past the agricultural checkpoint, has "road closed" sign, but seemed acceptable to park and walk across since there was a fisherman out there beautiful views, good photo op. You can also take the kids into the Suwannee State Park; at the boat ramp you can walk left to a little foot bridge and play in fresh-flowing water from little stream.

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Reviewed by
kiddofyl

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
January 12, 2015

There are two "ghost towns" really close to this bridge. Columbus is at 30°23.1'N 83°10.4'W and Ellaville at 30°23.2'N 83°10.4'W. They're right across the river from each other and there are remains in both locations.

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Reviewed by
Dillan_Parker

  • 2 Reviews
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July 16, 2022
Rated 4.0

You can tell that ever since the Hillman bridge was put on Roadtrippers, or made public in general that it has spiked in popularity. In the pictures presented on the website there is no graffiti on the bridge and now as of 2022 it is absolutely litter with it. The graffiti kind of adds to the charm of the bridge itself though. The Iron on the bridge has rusted to an almost sunset orange. There is a lot of class to the bridge but I did see a completely intact meal in a Styrofoam container which leads me to believe that there are probably homeless people that stay on the bridge now, So just be wary of that.

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Reviewed by
mandacarlene

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
June 10, 2018
Rated 4.0

Super nice spot.. saw something very large jump out of the water still not sure what it was :)

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Reviewed by
LiliaRosa

  • 6 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
May 01, 2018
Rated 5.0

Great find, although the directions via the GPS didn't quite get us there. If you find yourself in an empty area, drive a little further. Right after the gas station you will see a closed road sign to the right. Turn right, drive past the sign and you will be there. Super cool place to take pics of the bridge and river.

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Reviewed by
LilyTromblay

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 17, 2016
Rated 5.0

A must go! Beautifully overlooks the Suwannee river.

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Reviewed by
Ronnie Roncancio

  • 3 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
October 24, 2015
Rated 5.0

I went firstin the middle of the night and it was spooky as hell! Came back the next afternoon and was really beautiful! Amazing architecture and great views of the river.

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Hillman Bridge

19740 Us Highway 90
Live Oak, Florida
32060 USA

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