The Tridge is the formal name of a three-legged wooden footbridge spanning the meeting of the Tittabawassee and Chippewa Rivers in Chippewassee Park in Midland. The Tridge opened in 1981 and consists of one 31-foot tall central pillar supporting three spokes. Each spoke is 180 feet long by 8 feet wide. The Tridge is one of Midland’s largest tourist attractions, and people often travel from all over the country to visit it! The three legs span out to Chippewassee Park, St. Charles Park (Old Red Coats), and the Farmer’s Market areas.
The Tridge also marks the starting point of the Pere Marquette Rail Trail, which is a Michigan Rails to Trails and a Conservancy Hall of Fame trail. The Chippewa Nature trail also begins at the Tridge. These trails offer a variety of length and difficulty. Although it is mainly a footbridge, bicycles, skateboards, and in-line skates are also allowed on the Tridge. It is the focal point for summer evening concerts. Fishing is generally not permitted from the Tridge, although it does occur frequently. During a 2017 renovation, LED lights were installed that can display different colors appropriate for the season, holiday, or special occasion. The Tridge has become a popular spot for wedding, engagement, senior, and tourist photos.