Take a walk over the river as we rate downtown Cincinnati’s bridges by walkability, views, and what they connect.
Walking Surface: Concrete sidewalks on both sides
Best View: Into Great American Ball Park through the outfield opening
Ohio Side: GAPB, Heritage Bank Arena, Serpentine Wall
NKY Side: Newport on the Levee, the new Ovation concert venue
Fun Fact: Newest of the walkable bridges, built in 1995
Note: Clean and efficient.
Roebling Suspension Bridge
Walking Surface: Pock-marked and patched asphalt sidewalks on both sides
Best View: Covington’s new riverfront plaza
Ohio Side: Smale Riverfront Park, The Banks
NKY Side: Downtown Covington
Fun Fact: Opened in 1866 as a prototype for John Roebling’s later Brooklyn Bridge
Note: The best connections on both sides.
Purple People Bridge
Walking Surface: Two concrete decks include a wide one on the west
Best View: Newport on the Levee, Mt. Adams
Ohio Side: Sawyer Point, Artistry apartments under construction
NKY Side: Downtown Newport
Fun Fact: Converted to pedestrian-only in 2006
Note: Only accessible from the Kentucky side after stones fell from the northern pier.
Clay Wade Bailey Bridge
Walking Surface: Concrete sidewalk on the east side
Best View: The Bengals’ practice fields next to Paul Brown Stadium
Ohio Side: PBS, Smale Riverfront Park
NKY Side: Covington MainStrasse
Fun Fact: Named after a Northern Kentucky journalist
Note: The train bridge side desperately needs painted.