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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 a handful of moveable bridges left in South Carolina. It was named for Richard V. Woods, a South Carolina Highway Patrol officer killed in the line of duty on August 15, 1969. It opens hourly for boats and barges traveling the Intracoastal Waterway.

Woods Bridge Beaufort

Jim Dollar of Indian Land, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

People who have never been to Beaufort may have seen the Woods Memorial Bridge; it was briefly featured in the film, Forrest Gump, as a bridge crossing the Mississippi River. The structure can be seen from the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park, a newly-renovated area along Beaufort’s riverfront.

Woods Memorial Bridge

Steve Rich of Aiken, 2011 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

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 Beaufort’s many restaurants.

Woods Bridge Waterfront Park

Jim Dollar of Indian Land, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

A detail of a palmetto tree along the rail of the bridge depicts the South Carolina state flag. 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

The photo below was taken from the vantage of Cannon Park, located near the north end of the Woods Memorial Bridge, opposite the Waterfront Park. The small park is adorned with flowers, and visitors enjoy relaxing on benches and watching boats pass beneath the bridge. Cannon Park is treasured by locals who enjoy the quiet respite it offers.

Woods Memorial Bridge

Ralph Hobson of Greenville, 2017 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

No matter where you view the Woods Memorial Bridge, the structure is a visual treat complementing the surrounding beauty of downtown Beaufort. From its steel beams shining in the distance to its charming details, this moveable bridge has earned its place as a beloved South Carolina landmark.

Woods Bridge Beaufort County

Jim Dollar of Indian Land, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

More Pictures of the Woods Memorial Bridge

Lightning streaks across the sky in this incredible photo below as a powerful testament to the strength of storms we get in the Lowcountry.

Beaufort Lightning

Alfred E. Williams of Beaufort, 2017 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

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 – Scheduled for replacement
2) Woods Memorial Bridg – US 21 Business over the Beaufort River – Swing bridge
3) Wappoo Creek Bridge – SC 171 – Drawbridge
4) Ben Sawyer Bridge – SC 703 over the Intracoastal Waterway – Swing bridge
5) Little River Swing Bridge – County Road 26-20
6) Socastee Swing Bridge – SC 544 (Dick Pond Road)
7-8) Ashley River Bridges – US 17 over the Ashley River – Two side-by-side drawbridges
9) Sixth Street Bridge – railroad over the Savannah River – Drawbridge (no longer functioning)

UPDATE: Since this list was created, the Wando River Swing Bridge between Charleston and Berkeley counties has been replaced by a fixed-span bridge.

Woods Memorial Bridge Info

Address: US Hwy 21, Beaufort, SC 29902
GPS Coordinates: 32.427495,-80.668980

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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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