Sugarloaf Bridge in Milam County, Texas is a 234-foot long, pin-connected Parker Through Truss bridge located over the Little River near Historic Sugarloaf Mountain. I am a sucker for old bridges, so I am glad we unexpectedly ran into this one during a day trip to visit the grave in the middle of the road!
This section of the truss span used for this bridge was originally erected in 1896 over the Brazos River on Bryan – Caldwell Road in Brazos County. The original Brazos River bridge where this truss came from was abandoned in 1930 when SH 21 was built. This span was relocated to its present location in 1940 after the Faubion Bridge (which was the only crossing over Little River) fell into the river in 1937.
Sugarloaf Bridge’s current condition is deteriorating. Panels are rotted and several large holes are present (so be careful where you step and do not let children just run free as the holes are big enough for them to fall through).
Nonetheless, the Sugarloaf Bridge offers beautiful views of the river below (which apparently there is some good fishing to be had).
Getting to Sugarloaf Bridge
Sugarloaf Bridge is located on County Road 264 (CR264) off of FM 2095 in Milam County, Texas.
Once you turn onto CR264, you will see a pull-off for Sugarloaf Bridge about 2 miles down.
From Fort Hood: Take Interstate 14 to I35 North towards Belton. Take exit 294B and turn right onto 6th Ave. Take 6th Ave to E US Hwy 190 and turn Right. Continue on 190 for about 28 miles and turn left onto FM 2095. Stay on FM 2095 for about 14 miles or so and turn left onto Country Road 264. The bridge will be about 2 miles down.
Things to be Aware of
The county road is a dirt road, only proceed when dry if you do not have a 4×4 vehicle.
Sugarloaf Bridge has large holes. Be mindful when walking across it and keep a VERY close eye on children.
Don’t be that guy and deface the bridge. We noticed a lot of graffiti and carvings. Don’t be that clown and deface a historic bridge.