These suspension footbridges are often called swinging bridges because the bridge sways beneath your feet as you walk across.They are also referred to as rope bridges due to their historical origin based on the ancient Inca rope bridge.Discover Appalachia off the beaten trail in wonderfully wild, breathtakingly beautiful Oneida, Ky.
A hamlet, or unincorporated community, is a small settlement in a rural area.
These historic gems are home to early structures, unbridled natural beauty, wildlife, family businesses and farms, and the people who have preserved the customs of their ancestors.
The first court met in the cabin of Robert Baker, most likely very similar to the Cotton Cabin seen here now, which according to several sources was built before the county was formed.
It was moved here from its original location on the "Cotton Bend" downstream, where salt barge maker Jesse Cotton lived in it with his wife Jane.
The state legislature recognized its importance as a way to transport extremely valuable salt from the salt works early on and passed several acts to help improve it for navigation for salt barges.
The walker will have to use his imagination to visualize 60-foot barges loaded with salt barrels floating down the river during "salt tides" -- so called spring and winter floods.
The trail was used by long hunters and explorers, including Dr.
Thomas Walker who followed it in this section of Goose Creek in 1750, and by Daniel Boone 19 years later in 1769.
Men would mix cement and haul river gravel and timbers from local farms.
Many of these historic relics of Appalachian history still tower over Goose Creek, Red Bird and the South Fork rivers.
Winding mountain roads feature family farms, roadside stands, small country stores, hilltop cemeteries, historic weathered barns and swinging bridges.