This is a stone arched bridge built in the earlier part of the 20th century. Going over the bridge gives the rider a beautiful views over the Mississippi and serene tranquility because the bridge was replaced by a more modern one in the 1970's and gets very little foot/bike traffic. This old bridge is blocked off to all auto traffic and is only accessible by foot or Mountain bike. The bridge connects riders to a wildlife preserve that also contains miles and miles of trails. These preserve trails are good but some have a tendency to be VERY sandy so wheels tend to sink and slip. For more advanced riders I highly recommend traversing this trail at night. There are a lot of shanties that are occupied year round by the fabled "crazy shanty people" (this is no joke)and it gives the rider a sense of being in a horror movie and is absolutly exhilerating. But be warned!!! If you ride this trail at night it is blocked off by a steel gate and is very easy to hit. Right beyond that there is one set of railroad tracks that have to be portaged over. Also after the bridge it is blocked off by concrete barricades. There is also a gravel road on the left side of the track. Take that and it goes several miles through the preserve. There are two entry options of how to get on the bridge. There's the Wisconsin entry and the Minnesota entry. Those are explained below
How to get there:
There are two entry options of how to get on the bridge. There's the Wisconsin entry and the Minnesota entry. Those are explained below
From Wisconsin side: If you cross the 54 Highway 54 bridge coming from Winona go straight for 2 miles until you come to SPUR gas station and take proceed south on the RIGHT side of the highway several hundred yards until you see a gravel road, you have reached the path to the secret bridge. Now now proceed perfectly straight until over the bridge to Minnesota.
From the Minnesota side: Over the 54 bridge from Winona take the FIRST IMMEDIATE Right. Proceed along until you see a baracaded bridge. Don't go under the new bridge, that's the wrong way, go left and you can't miss it.
Listen for the ghost dog on the Minnesota side of the bridge. while going over the bridge it sounds