Birdsong Hollow and Double Arch Bridge is located on the Natchez Trace Parkway at milepost 438.

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Completed in 1994, the Double Arch Bridge that spans Birdsong Hollow received the Presidential Award for Design Excellence in 1995 for its innovative design that rises 155 feet above the valley. The bridge carries Natchez Trace travelers 1,648 feet across the valley and Tennessee Highway 96.

The bridge can be viewed from two locations. We recommend taking in both views. Just north of the bridge there is a parking area with a view of the bridge and the valley below. Just south of the bridge is an exit ramp that takes you down to Tennessee Highway 96. At the bottom of the hill there is a parking area with a view looking up at the entire length of the bridge.

On June 6, 2022, the National Park Service (NPS) will begin construction of a temporary safety barrier on Double Arch Bridge near Nashville, Tennessee. Motorists and bicyclists should expect one-lane closures, 10-to-15-minute traffic delays, and Birdsong Hollow pullout to be closed. The bridge will be closed to pedestrians and hikers for the project duration.

Construction crews will install a chain-link fence, topped with barbed wire, to provide a temporary safety barrier to deter further loss of life through suicide. Travelers should obey posted signage, slow down and watch for workers when traveling through the construction zone.

The NPS is working with the Federal Highway Administration on plans to install a permanent safety barrier to deter suicide. The temporary barrier will remain in place until a permanent barrier design is selected and constructed.

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  • Approximate time to explore site: 15-60 minutes
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  • Latitude: 35.98643
    Longitude: -86.992
    Elevation (approximate): 778 feet
    Milepost: 438
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