The Roebling Bridge in PA is a one-lane historic suspension bridge that connects Minisink Ford, NY, and Lackawaxen, PA. You can choose to drive or walk over the bridge, with a gorgeous view of the Delaware River.
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Brief History of the Roebling Bridge in PA
The Roebling Bridge in PA, previously called the Delaware Aqueduct, is the oldest wire suspension bridge in the nation. Construction on the bridge began in 1847 as one of four aqueducts for the D&H Canal Company. When the canal closed in 1898, the other three aqueducts were abandoned, but the Delaware Aqueduct was kept open as a roadbridge.
The brilliant engineer responsible for the Roebling Bridge was John A. Roebling, a German immigrant. John Roebling and his oldest son, Washington, would later become well-known for their design and construction of the Brooklyn Bridge in 1887. The Roebling Bridge in PA is the oldest of Roebling’s work that is still in existence today.
While some of the bridge has been reconstructed, the cables, saddles, suspenders, and most of the ironwork are original to Roebling’s aqueduct.
Drive or Walk Across the Roebling Bridge
The bridge is wide enough only for one car to cross at a time. Pedestrians can walk on either side of the car path and take advantage of some great photo-ops and gorgeous views. On the New York side of the bridge, plexi-glass allows pedestrians to see the mechanics of the suspension. The walking path also offers year-round views of nesting eagles! Parking lots on either side of the bridge make taking a stroll across it easy. There’s also a one-mile walk available along the D&H Towpath Trail.
You’ll also find a park with few small tables for a picnic lunch, a play structure for children, as well as restroom facilities.
Visit the Toll House
You may not find any chocolate chip cookies at the Toll House on the New York side of the bridge, but you will find a small museum and some self-guided exhibits and photographs. It’s the perfect place to learn more about the engineering feat of the suspension bridge, as well as what life was like on the canal.
Stay at the French Manor Inn & Spa
After a relaxing day at the Roebling Bridge in PA, come back to your luxurious home-away-from-home at the French Manor Inn & Spa. Whether you choose one of our beautiful La Maisonnueve suites, spa suites, or castle rooms in the Manor, you’ll be enveloped in comfort and luxury. Our on-site amenities, such as spa services and an indoor salt water pool, exist to enhance your vacation experience. And you’ll dine like royalty at our gourmet breakfast, or in the enchanting dining room. For more information on things to do in our area, download our complimentary Vacation Guide. We’d love to be a part of your vacation experience in the Poconos and look forward to seeing you soon.