The First Views From The Stunning Boyne Mountain SkyBridge
The wooden suspension bridge, the longest of its kind in the world, offers delightful views of the fall color.
The World's Longest Timber Towered Suspension Bridge Opened Saturday, October 15
The bridge extends to a length of over 1215 feet high above the Boyne Valley near Boyne City, and it opened just in time to offer glorious, sweeping views of the Northern Michigan fall colors.
Thousands showed up Saturday, the first day it was opened to the general public, and took in the beautiful vistas.
Despite mostly cloudy conditions, the views were still pretty stunning from the SkyBridge.
“’Skybridge Michigan is one of our exciting, big attractions and it’s about to open this fall. We have a version of it in Gatlinburg, Tennessee which has been a huge success. We found a spot atop Boyne Mountain that set us up for an even bigger reincarnation of that,” explained Steven Kircher, CEO of Boyne Resorts, of what he said will become known as “Michigan’s second bridge” after the Mackinac Bridge.
The Bridge Spans Two Peaks At The Boyne Mountain Ski Resort
Officially known as SkyBridge Michigan, the structure connects McLouth Peak to Disciples Ridge along the top of the Boyne Mountain ski resort. It is accessible via the Hemlock Scenic Chairlift.
The cost to access the newest attraction at the resort is $25, but discounts are offered to guests staying at the resort, and to season lift ticket holders.
The SkyBridge will be open on weekends only until ski season kicks in on December 9, and then it will be open seven days a week.
The SkyBridge Has A 'Pure Michigan' Design
"The inspiration for the design is the Pure Michigan 'M,'" said chief designer Todd Domeck. "When you look at the towers themselves and the shape of the bridge, it's kind of an elongated 'M.'"
The bridge can hold 3,000 people at one time and it's made out of steel-fiberglass and three-inch cables, in addition to the two tall timber towers that support it.
In The Middle Of The SkyBridge Is 36 Feet Of Plexiglass For The Thrill Seekers
If the sweeping views aren't enough for you, there's a section where you can look straight down through a plexiglass floor, giving walkers an extra thrill.
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