I was in my 40’s before I had to cross a suspended bridge. I did not like it. I still don’t like it. This is why I have a rule, if I pass one, even if it is not on the trial I am on, I have to cross walk across the bridge because I believe facing fear helps me to fear less.
Dogs do not naturally take to bridges that are open on the side, make weird noises and move. This Jolene’s first time on a bridge. I had to be confident for her because this style of bridge is not unusual in Tennessee. If the dog has a bad experience on her first crossing, her lack of confidence would impact our hiking future.
The Savage Day Loop in South Cumberland State Park is a 4.9 heavily trafficked, moderate to trail. Take a map as it is easy to get turned get on the wrong trail.
Jolene and I twice crossed two suspended bridges, so that was a win. She earned her FIRST ice cream.