8 Thrilling Suspension Walkways

A rope bridge connects two rocky islands in front of the ocean

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Not for the faint of heart, suspension walkways are often built out of necessity high above choppy, impassable waters, like the centuries-old Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge in North Ireland. Sometimes, these high-flying walkways stretch further than the eye can see, as is the case with Malaysia’s 1,739-foot Taman Negara Canopy Walkway. Other times, suspension footbridges have a history of rickety construction in their former iterations, like the Capilano Suspension Bridge, and the thought of that can be unnerving despite their present-day safety.

For adventure-seekers everywhere, here are eight thrilling suspension walkways around the world.

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Capilano Suspension Bridge

A suspension bridge crosses above a Douglas fir forest

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In the District of North Vancouver in British Columbia, the Capilano Suspension Bridge soars 450 feet across and 230 feet above the Capilano River, and is connected to the cliff supporting it by only 16 anchor points. Originally built in 1889 with just cedar planks and hemp rope, the bridge has undergone several renovations over the decades, including a complete rebuild in 1956. Most recently, the privately owned attraction opened Treetops Adventures, which consists of multiple suspended footbridges weaving around Douglas firs.

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Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

A suspended bridge connects to a small rocky island by the ocean

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In Ballintoy, North Ireland, the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge connects the mainland to the tiny, coastal island of Carrickarede. Originally built by salmon fishermen over 250 years ago, the rope bridge, which hangs 100 feet above sea level, has been rebuilt numerous times over the years. The Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge leads folks to the only building on Carrickarede, a fisherman’s cottage perched on the cliff’s edge.

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Taman Negara Canopy Walkway

A foot bridge suspended above a rainforest

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High above the Malaysian rainforest floor in Taman Negara National Park in Malaysia, the Taman Negara Canopy Walkway stretches 1,739 feet across and is known to be the longest canopy walk in the world. Originally built for scientific researchers, the walkway is open to the public and is supervised by Malaysia’s wildlife department which ensures that proper safety measures are followed.

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Trift Bridge

A suspension bridge crosses between to points on a mountain above a glacier lake

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Spanning 560 feet across and 300 feet above Triftsee Lake in Gadmen, Switzerland, the steel-cable Trift Bridge is one of the most dramatic-looking bridges in the Swiss Alps. Due to climate change, the Trift Glacier has melted considerably since the turn of the 21st century, causing the Triftsee Lake to rise. The Trift Bridge was built in 2009, in part, to provide access to Trift Hut of the Swiss Alpine Club, which was once accessible by footpath.

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Titlis Cliff Walk

A steel-cable bridge crosses a snowy mountain landscape

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The Titlis Cliff Walk is suspended a staggering 10,000 feet above sea level and 1,460 feet above the ground on Mount Titlis in the Swiss Alps. First opened in 2012, the steel-cable bridge is considered to be Europe's highest elevation suspension bridge. Due to its extreme location, the Titlis Cliff Walk was built to handle wind speeds of more than 120 miles per hour.

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Kakum Canopy Walk

A foot bridge crosses the canopy of a jungle

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Suspended high above the floor of Kakum National Park in Ghana, the Kakum Canopy Walk provides visitors with astonishing views of rainforest wildlife, like the endangered forest elephant. Built in 1995, the walkway is made of seven separate bridges joined together and is constructed of rope, wooden planks, and safety netting. For those with a fear of heights, rest assured that the Kakum Canopy Walk has an exit located after the first bridge.

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Via Ferrata Suspension Bridge on Mount Norquay

Amid the rugged slopes of Mount Norquay in Banff National Park in Alberta, a suspension bridge made of steel cable offers thrill-seekers spectacular mountain views. The bridge is part of Banff’s Via Ferrata (Italian for “iron road”) climbing tours, which take guests on excursions up and down the mountain via ladders, anchors, cables, and the aforementioned suspension bridge. Although the equipment used might make this journey seem difficult and dangerous, the routes do not require previous climbing experience.

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The Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge

A steel bridge crosses above a forested mountain

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At 1,620 feet across, the Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge near Randa, Switzerland is the longest suspension bridge in the Alps. Built in 2017, the hanging bridge connects the towns of Grächen and Zermatt along the Europaweg climbing trail. Constructed of steel, the Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge takes an astonishing 10 minutes to walk across and offers breathtaking views of distant, snow-capped mountains and evergreen forests below.