Bellamy Bridge

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This is perhaps one of the best-known “haunted” places in Florida. Bellamy Bridge is an old metal bridge dating from 1914, but it is supposedly haunted by Elizabeth Bellamy, who is said to have died nearby nearly 80 years before that. The legend says it was her wedding day, and her dress caught fire – she ran through the house in a panic, setting most of the place alight, and then jumped into the river in an attempt to quash the flames. She survived only a few more days, and died an agonizing death.

That’s the quick version… there’s much, much more information available elsewhere if you want to get into the nitty-gritty of the legend.

Anyway, people swear they see Elizabeth’s ghost – sometimes bright white and on fire – on or near this rusty old bridge.

You can’t drive here – you have to take the Bellamy Bridge Heritage Trail by foot, and its only open during the summer months when the water levels are low enough. Check the trail’s website for maps and parking information.

If you've had a paranormal experience here, or have any additional information about this location, please let us know!

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    Geographic Information

    Bellamy Bridge
    Marianna, FL
    United States

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    30.865947811323792, -85.2514060736575
    Jackson County, Florida
    Nearest Towns:
    Greenwood, FL (5.3 mi.)
    Marianna, FL (6.5 mi.)
    Malone, FL (8.3 mi.)
    Cottondale, FL (8.8 mi.)
    Jacobs, FL (8.9 mi.)
    Bascom, FL (9.0 mi.)
    Jacob City, FL (9.6 mi.)
    Campbellton, FL (10.6 mi.)
    Cottonwood, AL (13.0 mi.)
    Madrid, AL (14.4 mi.)


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    1. Me and a hunting buddy stayed the night at the base of the bridge across from the walking trail. We were hunting and the water was high. The riverbank where the bridge met the hill was about the only land right along the riverbank that was dry. Anyway, we stayed all night and didn’t see anything unusual. The only thing scary was the game warden across the river the next morning that wrote us a warning ticket for camping in a undesignated area.

    2. What I just read was the exact story I my Grandma told when I was a kid!!! She was born and raised just minutes from the bridge – this story sounds just like it was written by my Grandma!!!

    3. The true story, as seen on the sign at Bellamy Bridge is different from the one on here. Elizabeth got malaria &’ passed away. Shortly after, her baby who was only 18 months old also passed away. Went here last weekend &’ had some pretty interesting occurrences.

    4. Curious on the pink light… I felt the presence of someone keeping me safe while I scaled this bridge…
      Elizabeth and I have similar backgrounds, but I lost the love of my life 17 years ago… a week before our wedding.

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