World’s Longest Timber-Towered Suspension Bridge Coming to Boyne Mountain
A new attraction is coming to a northern Michigan resort, and it should be ready for visitors this fall.
They’re calling it the world’s longest timber-towered suspension bridge. Boyne Mountain Resort is building a new Skybridge across Boyne Valley. The 1,200 foot long bridge will stand 118 feet off the ground, and will show off panoramic views of the valley.
Kari Roder is the Boyne Mountain Resort Director of Marketing. She says, “We’re super excited for color season. We also plan to light the bridge for different holidays. Possibly even having some Frights and Heights for Halloween. All sorts of stuff is in the plan. It is a year-round attraction.”
Boyne says “The towers are an architectural masterpiece, each measuring over 50-feet high and nearly 70-feet long anchoring both ends of the bridge. Their design is a nod to the logging heritage of northern Michigan, with lumber sourced from neighboring Matelski Lumber.”
Roder says, “The drawings, the renderings, we’ve been looking at that for a long time. And it’s finally coming to life. And it’s an exciting time at the resort to have a brand new attraction. But it’s not only for us, it’s really for the whole northern Michigan region.”
“For skiers and riders they know this as the top of Mountain Express. You’ll walk across, over Ramshead. Over the Ramshead lift. The terrain park. And you’re going to end up on the Disciples side of the resort,” Roder adds.
The suspension bridge is not for the faint of heart. “There is a glass portion that will be in the center that you walk across on the bridge. It’s fully suspended. You’ll feel the bridge move. You will feel it as you walk across. You’ll feel it when other people walk across. You’ll feel the vibrations. So it’s a bit of a thrill. It’s a little more than just come see the view, it’s got adventure to it as well,” Roder says.
Boyne hopes to have the new Skybridge open by Labor Day weekend.
Eventually, Phase II will include a store and café for visitors.