Big River Crossing
Big River Crossing
4.5
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
About
Opened October 22, 2016, Big River Crossing is the longest public pedestrian/bike bridge across the Mississippi River, providing dramatic views of its ever-changing landscape. By connecting Main Streets in Memphis and West Memphis, the BRX ties together urban, rural, and natural areas and gives users recreation options unique to each setting.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Darren R
    Connecticut363 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Use the Explore Bike
    I used the Explore Bike Share off the BBike App. The river crossing was the highlight - there's something special about crossing the Mississippi. But I also did the a lot of the trail on the Memphis side and some on the Arkansas side. It was a great way to spend the morning. The electric bike let me cover a lot of ground, or turn it off for some more exercise.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 16, 2023
  • Ashley P
    Winnipeg, Canada727 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Views - Two States at Once
    A great walk. Pedestrians only, not open to motor traffic. Parking in a little park area nearby. In the middle of the bridge you can stand in both Tennessee and Arkansas. Great view of the city skyline.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 8, 2024
  • migpadi
    Bayamon, Puerto Rico49 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice morning walk
    A nice morning walk. A one time experience bc sadly there is nothing close in Arkansas when you walk actoss. Would be nice of there was anything interesting close to the bridge, walking distance. Just walked across and back to Memphis
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 5, 2024
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Kandi Z
Danville, IL61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
This is a wonderful pedestrian bridge. The views of Memphis from the bridge are really nice. Bikers, runners, and walkers alike were taking advantage of this well maintained walkway. The only downside was that we didn't realize how breezy and cool it would get on the bridge, so I would advise making sure to wear layers.
This is a great thing to do with friends, family, or by yourself.
Written October 9, 2020
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Scott W
Peachtree City, GA4,976 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
I visited on a Friday fall evening within minutes of sundown. I parked on the Memphis side and the "TV station parking lot" that is often mentioned was closed and secured, so I parked on the street - it looked like that might not be kosher at some times of the day, but there was another car that did so and I crossed my fingers since it's a tourist attraction and all. (Crossing fingers works, as all who paid attention in school know.)

I thought sunset would be a scenic way to enjoy the bridge walk, but it should be stated that (at least at this time of year) the sun sets southwest of the bridge and you're on the north side, so your photos will be obstructed by the bridge fencing which is a little disappointing. But if your goal is to have a nice time and not to grab some pretty photo it's not a big deal. Maybe sunrise offers a better scene? I don't know, wake up early, try it out, and lemme know.

One nice thing about visiting at this time is that you will see the transition into the evening and the Memphis lights come on. You're not going to confuse this with Times Square & to be honest you're at a pretty far distance (as others' photos will show) so level-set your expectations. I think it's less the views you get on this mile walk as the feels, walking over the waters into the greenery nowhere that is the Arkansan side, kind of a shirking of all your hangups. But then it's getting dark when you're heading back to Tennessee, so nobody can see when you've rejoined society. Just how I like it.

Best of all, you get to brag you've walked over the longest pedestrian walkway above the mighty Mississippi. Believe me, I'm bragging about it, and you can too. C'mon, be a bragger!
Written October 29, 2022
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Noel78
Tennessee624 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Well, you can’t walk on water, but you can walk over the Mississippi River. This is a well-lit, well patrolled pedestrian bride that is a fun crossing for anyone looking for an easy outdoor activity in Memphis. Walkers go from the state of Tennessee to Arkansas, a one mile distance each way.

We went on a Sunday, and there were a lot of bicycles, joggers, strollers, etc. There was no river traffic, except a huge barge pushing north and a tourist stylized steamboat headed south. A freight train passed us on the walk back. Plenty of parking on the Memphis side of the bridge. No charge. Closes at 10 PM.
Written May 12, 2022
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P&K USA
Durham, NC965 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
We walked over the Big River Crossing bridge on August 3rd 2022. Nearly a mile long, this is the longest public pedestrian bridge across the Mississippi and is the U.S.’s longest active rail/bicycle/pedestrian bridge.

You cross from Tennessee into Arkansas at a certain point and there are markers to let you know it is the State line.

Walking to Arkansas took about 30 minutes, while the return trip to Tennessee was shorter at 20 minutes, probably because we stopped less to take in the view.

Alongside the Big River Crossing is a huge railway bridge and it was very busy with immensely long Pacific Union trains. They were very noisy and the smell of oil and fuel was intense.

The walk was a challenge in near 100 degree heat, but thankfully the bridge was in the shade. It was popular with other walkers, cyclists, skaters and skateboarders. The views of the Mississippi were superb and you got a different vantage point of Memphis, Mud Island and the Hernando de Soto bridge in the distance.
Written August 19, 2022
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Darren R
Connecticut363 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
I used the Explore Bike Share off the BBike App. The river crossing was the highlight - there's something special about crossing the Mississippi. But I also did the a lot of the trail on the Memphis side and some on the Arkansas side. It was a great way to spend the morning. The electric bike let me cover a lot of ground, or turn it off for some more exercise.
Written October 16, 2023
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Torlus
Port Talbot, UK552 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
You have to drive or get an uber to get here, unless you stay nearly or have a bicycle.
It is made for pedestrians and feels safe to walk on - there are visible security cameras and it is in good repair and the walkway is has a sturdy mesh and high railings.
There is a state line on the bridge to show you when you cross between TN and AR that is quite cute.
It's mainly for locals who want to work out or tourists that want to add another state to their list of places visited.
You do get good views of the city and the rover from the bridge.
Written April 25, 2022
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RunningEsme
Ohio143 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
One of the top things we did in Memphis. The bridge is a mile across, one way, so if you walk all the way to the end of one side and back, you will have 2 miles. it was neat to walk across the Mississippi River and cross into another state! Great views as well. The Memphis side has plenty of free parking.
Written October 28, 2022
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Nancy U
Altamonte Springs, FL1,818 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
The parking was a little tricky. We first were lead to a gravel industrial parking lot then we went to Big River Park where to cross the bridge you have to walk back on the road. There are spots by the news station on the road. The walk across from Tennessee to Arkansas is easy but nothing immediately on the other side. Something fun to do.
Written April 17, 2023
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Tim W
Kirksville, MO97 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
This trail takes you on a walking bridge across the Mississippi River from Memphis to Arkansas. It is nicely maintained and there were a lot of people using it on the day we were there. I great way to stretch your legs if you are traveling.
Written March 17, 2023
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datbiz0
Cordova, TN7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Big River Crossing is the best free experience in Memphis. It is a simple walk (run or bike ride) across the Mississippi River from Memphis, TN to West Memphis, AR. At just about a mile one way, it is not to long for most people, yet long enough for a fun experience. There are usually others enjoying the bridge, so it's a friendly and safe walk. There are often boats and barges traveling under the bridge, and sometimes trains crossing the river right next to the pedestrian walkway. When we have guests from out of the area, Big River Crossing is one of the sites we show them. When we don't have the guest excuse, it also makes a cheap date for my wife and me.
Written January 19, 2020
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