Kuskulana River Bridge – Chitina, Alaska - Atlas Obscura
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Chitina, Alaska

Kuskulana River Bridge

At 238 feet above the bottom of a gorge this span is known as the biggest thrill on the road to McCarthy. 

At Mile 50.2 of McCarthy Road sits the one-lane, 525 foot long Kuskulana River Bridge, long known as “the biggest thrill on the road to McCarthy,” the route into Alaska’s Wrangell-St Elias National Park.

Built in 1910, this historic railroad span is a vertigo-inducing 238 feet above the bottom of the gorge. Though the state has added guard rails and new planks and thus taken some of the thrill out of the crossing, the view of the steep-sided canyon and rushing river from the bridge is awesome, and well worth the time to park at one end and walk back across it