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Woods Memorial Bridge – Beaufort, South Carolina


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The Woods Memorial Bridge is one of Beaufort‘s most notable landmarks. This swing bridge is one of just nine moveable bridges left in South Carolina. The bridge was named for Richard V. Woods, a South Carolina Highway Patrol officer killed in the line of duty. It opens hourly for boats and barges traveling the Intracoastal Waterway.

Bridge from Ladys Island to Beaufort

Steven Taylor of Walterboro, 2012 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

A second view of the bridge, shown below, was taken from the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, a newly-renovated area along Beaufort’s riverfront. Draped with shady oaks, it provides a beautiful place for passersby to relax on riverside swings, play a game of Frisbee, listen to a concert, watch an outdoor movie, or enjoy a meal at one of the many nearby restaurants.

Woods Memorial Bridge

Sandy Dimke of Beaufort, 2010 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

A detail along the rail of the bridge depicts the South Carolina state flag – a palmetto tree with a crescent moon. It is an artful reminder to those crossing the bridge that Beaufort is the state’s second oldest city after Charleston.

Woods Bridge Detail

Josh Whiteside of Beaufort, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Cannon Park, pictured below, is near the north end of the Woods Memorial Bridge. This small park is adorned with flowers, and visitors enjoy relaxing on benches and watching boats pass beneath the bridge. Cannon Park is only a few steps from downtown shops, and it is treasured by many locals.

Beaufort Bridge as seen from Cannon Park

Sandy Dimke of Beaufort, 2010 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The Woods Memorial Bridge was briefly featured in the film, Forrest Gump, as a bridge crossing the Mississippi River.

Moveable Bridges in South Carolina


These are the only moveable bridges left in our state:

1) Harbor River Bridge – US 21 over the Harbor River – Swing bridge
2) Woods Memorial Bridg – US 21 Business over the Beaufort River – Swing bridge
3) Wando River Bridge – SC 41 over the Wando River – Scheduled to be replaced by a fixed-span bridge in 2016
4) Wappoo Creek Bridge – SC 171 – Drawbridge
5) Ben Sawyer Bridge – SC 703 over the Intracoastal Waterway – Swing bridge
6) Little River Swing Bridge – County Road 26-20
7) Socastee Swing Bridge – SC 544 (Dick Pond Road)
8-9) Ashley River Bridges – US 17 over the Ashley River – Two side-by-side drawbridges

Woods Memorial Bridge Info


Address: US Hwy 21, Beaufort, SC 29902

Woods Memorial Bridge Map



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The purpose of the South Carolina Picture Project is to celebrate the beauty of the Palmetto State and create a permanent digital repository for our cultural landmarks and natural landscapes. We invite you to add additional pictures (paintings, photos, etc) of Woods Memorial Bridge, and we also invite you to add info, history, stories, and travel tips. Together, we hope to build one of the best and most loved SC resources in the world!


One Comment about Woods Memorial Bridge

Maureen BergenNo Gravatar says:
August 24th, 2014 at 4:07 pm

What are the rules regarding cylinders for vehicles going across the Woods Memorial swing bridge? I thought large multi-cylinder vehicles were prohibited!

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