The Broad Run Trunk is a unique structure that can be found by walking a little over a mile upstream from the Edwards Ferry parking lot. Originally, the structure was a two-arch culvert that was destroyed by a flood in 1846. Sometime later, a wooden trunk, or u-shaped trough was installed, creating what was essentially a wooden aqueduct.
This angle shows where the support beams and a notch held up the wooden trunk. From the edge, one can look down into a deep pool that now contains a surprising number of fish and other aquatic wildlife. In all, the Broad Run Trunk is a beautiful and unique structure that is easily missed on a bike. I’ve been over the footbridge several times, but this is the first time I stopped to appreciate what I’ve missed before. I wasn’t disappointed.