Portland-Columbia Footbridge - Portland, PA/Columbia, NJ

The Portland-Columbia footbridge spans the width of the Delaware River between the towns of Portland, PA and Columbia, NJ,  allowing for a scenic view of the southern edge of the Delaware Water Gap.  Originally erected as a four-span timber bridge, it remained as last of the original 16 to span the Delaware River, before being destroyed by a flood on August 19, 1955. 

The Portland-Columbia Footbridge today is once again a major connection for pedestrians and bicyclists, being the main connection for the September 11th National Memorial Trail and the Liberty-Water Gap Trail to cross to and from Pennsylvania and New Jersey.   Users of the trail can see wildlife ranging from bald eagles to the geological rock outcrops consisting of the Delaware Water Gap. Access to the river for kayaking, canoeing and fishing can be accommodated by Portland Riverfront Park.  Visitors can enjoy an opportunity for photography, painting or geocaching.

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Latitude: 40.923993 Longitude: -75.09571 Elevation: 261 ft
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Accessibility Notes

The bridge and the surrounding area is accessible to all users to enjoy. ADA compliant access is available on both the Pennsylvania and New Jersey side.

Pet Friendly Notes

The site is pet friendly.


Saw this when returning from Slateford Falls, two miles north on 611 from Portland. Had to laugh- NO signage on the Jersey side, but a nice plaque and informational kiosk on the PA side. Easy access, easy stroll across, wonderful sights of the river. One question not found here or on the kiosk, when was this footbridge constructed?

Larry Borshard, 2/6/2017

Such a cool place!

Kent Baird, 4/19/2017

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