Each summer, our nephew C travels from California to visit Maine for a few weeks. We look forward to his stay as it gives all us the opportunity to play tourist in our home state. The Wiggly Bridge in York has long been on our bucket list, and with C in town, we decided to finally check it out.
Built in the 1930s by a local company who now creates stadium seating, the 75-foot long, steel structure is the world’s smallest suspension bridge. The steel bridge was designed to cross Barrell Mill Pond Dam and the York River. From the road, a manmade causeway leads to the structure.
The boys enjoyed walking the dirt path to the bridge and tossing stones into the water. While we were there, we passed a few walkers, as well as locals fishing from the edge of the causeway. MP was impressed by the swirling flow of the tide rushing from the river. The most fun, however, was walking across the bridge, which squeaks and yes, wiggles when you cross it.
On the opposite side of the bridge is a peninsula and pathway that leads to Steedman Woods, a 17-acre nature reserve owned by the Old York Historical Society. The mile-long loop walk provides views of the water along the way and the wide path is covered in wood chips. The trail is dog-friendly, too — just be sure to keep your pet on a leash.
Parking at Wiggly Bridge can be a challenge. Most spots on Route 103 are permit parking only. However, if you don’t mind adding to your walk, there are about 15 public spots available right in front of the York Harbor Inn on Route 1A (York Steet). Walk approximately a half-mile to the Fisherman’s Walk trailhead (21 Clarks Lane), which will lead you to Route 103. The bridge is right across the street.
Happy trails, all!
Route 103 (Lilac Lane)