Open year-round, the Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge in Campbellford is part of the “The Great Trail” and is the longest recreational trail in the world.
The structure spans about 91 metres across the high-banked walls of the Ranney Gorge. At the west entrance to the bridge, you’ll be greeted with interpretive signage showing how it was built in 2003. From here, you can look down 9 metres through the open metalwork of the bridge to the Trent River below and Ranney Falls to the north.
Look closely at the river’s edge in the summer months as there are sure to be turtles basking in the sun. For those who love turtles, “Turtle Day” at the nearby park in July is a good time for a visit.
On the east side of the bridge is Ferris Provincial Park. The Ranney Falls Trail offers an easy and shaded hike at the river’s edge, southbound to a picturesque boat launch where you can rent kayaks (pay at Ferris gate entrance open May-Oct), get your feet wet and picnic.
If you head north from the suspension bridge on that same trail, the hike is a little more challenging with some stone outcroppings and an elevated view of the river. You can walk down some rocks to a scenic lookout at the river’s edge and the top of the falls.
Another entry point (no fee) to access the bridge from the north is at 199 Saskatoon Avenue, Campbellford. There’s limited parking at this dead-end street, but this entry to Ferris Park has a lovely forested and tranquil 1km trail that leads you to the suspension bridge.
Photo: Robert Taylor from Stirling, ON, CC-BY-2.0