Bridges are pathways or passages that ferry people and vehicles from one side to another. In the U.S., there are more than 614,387 bridges, some of which have been thought of as the scariest ones in the world.
The Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Maryland is thought to be the scariest bridge due to its length. This bridge is over seventeen miles long and connects two states. It goes over water, as many bridges do, but it also goes underwater. It also has narrow lanes to drive on.
Many drivers refuse to drive across this bridge, citing panic attacks, loss of vehicle control, and vision tunneling. Here’s a lineup of the scariest bridge by state.
Located in Skagway, Alaska, Captain William Moore Bridge spans over 300 feet in height. Besides its enormous height, the bridge is built over an active earthquake, making it even scarier to drive or walk over. This bridge was rebuilt in 2019, but it is still quite scary.
Because the ground underneath shifts frequently, and without a secure structure, it can get frightening to go over the 110-foot-long bridge.
The bridge stands 220 feet above the water and is 1.7 miles long, making it one of the largest bridges in the United States. Those who aren’t afraid of heights might be scared by the bridge’s history. It Is said that the bridge is haunted by people who had jumped from it to their deaths.
The old bridge dates back to 1957 when it was opened. Dubbed the Mighty Mac, the Mackinac Bridge is one of the longest in the United States at 26,372 feet long.
Besides its length, the bridge adds to the fear factor because it is a suspension bridge. It can shift over 35 feet from side to side when it’s incredibly windy. However, if you can get over the fear, it has the most beautiful views as it connects cities and Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas.
Because fear of heights is one of the most common phobias, looking at the scariest bridges might also include the four highest ones in the United States. The highest bridges span over 900 feet. They include:
Extremely long bridges can be scary to drive or walk over. The top three longest bridges in the U.S. are all located in Louisiana. They are Lake Pontchartrain Causeway at 24 miles long, Manchac Swamp Bridge at 23 miles long, and Atchafalaya Basin Bridge at 18 miles long.
Scary Bridge Name
Scary Bridge Height (ft)
Scary Bridge Length (ft)
|Alaska||Captain William Moore Bridge||155||8,910|
|Arizona||Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge||900||1,905|
|California||Golden Gate Bridge||746||8,981|
|Colorado||Royal Gorge Bridge||956||1,260|
|Connecticut||Mianus River Bridge||71||2,954|
|District of Columbia||Chesapeake Bay Bridge||186||22,790|
|Florida||Seven Mile Bridge||65||35,867|
|Georgia||Talmadge Memorial Bridge||185||1,842|
|Hawaii||Waimea Swinging Bridge||125||400|
|Idaho||Perrine Memorial Bridge in Twin Falls||486||1,500|
|Illinois||Lakey's Creek Bridge||11||30|
|Indiana||Avon’s Haunted Bridge||70||300|
|Iowa||The Swinging Bridge||20||150|
|Louisiana||Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Bridge||16||23,876|
|Maine||The White Lady Bridge|
|Maryland||Chesapeake Bay Bridge||186||23,790|
|Massachusetts||Storrow Drive overpass||14||1,540|
|Missouri||Christopher S. Bond Bridge||200||7,400|
|Nebraska||Spring Ranch Bridge||1,070|
|Nevada||Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge||900||3,500|
|New Mexico||Rio Grande Gorge Bridge||600||1,280|
|New York||Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge||693||13,700|
|North Carolina||Mile High Swinging Bridge||80||227|
|North Dakota||Sheyenne River Bridge||30||492|
|Ohio||Station Road Bridge||9||46|
|Oregon||St. John's Bridge||400||2,067|
|Rhode Island||Mount Hope Bridge||285||6,130|
|Texas||Old Alton Bridge||23||547|
|Utah||Hell's Backbone Bridge||109||1,300|
|Vermont||Gold Brook Covered Bridge||24||88|
|Virginia||Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel||195||17,600|
|Washington||Deception Pass Bridge||180||1,487|
|West Virginia||Main Street Bridge||65||1,332|
|Wisconsin||The Siren Bridge||44||210|
|Wyoming||Thermopolis Swinging Bridge||33||375|