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Millsap Canopy Bridge


Two stories above the forest floor and spanning 120 feet, the serpentine-shaped Millsap Canopy Bridge is one of the most exciting pedestrian structures in the region. Its gently curved walkway winds through a woodland paradise of pools, cascades, and verdant plantings nestled in a ravine christened Singing Springs Gorge. Visitors walking along the bridge enjoy spectacular views of Lake Hamilton through a canopy of oak, hickory, pine, and ash. Seasonally, the site offers a showy display of cinnamon ferns, Tardiva and oak leaf hydrangeas, and delicate dogwoods. The landscape also showcases a collection of heat-tolerant rhododendrons, donated by the Ozark Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society.

The bridge, named for Hot Springs philanthropists Leon and Betty Millsap, is an outstanding example of garden architecture in native stone and southern yellow pine. The concept design was created by Garvan Woodland Gardens’ resident landscape architect Bob Byers and the faculty of the University of Arkansas Landscape Architecture Department. The final plan and many of the construction documents were completed by Merle E. Seamons.