Here are some photos of outdoor bridges with covering. They are located in the United States and Canada so you will need a map to find them all.
The purpose of covering is to shield the trusses and deck from the outdoor elements and make it last longer.
Most of these are over 100 years old as many were built from 1825 – 1900.
New England covered bridge during Fall foliage season
Inside Sachs covered bridge near Gettysburg Pennsylvania
Hannah Covered Bridge in Linn County Oregon
New York State
Covered bridge located in northern New Hampshire
Gold Brook in Stowe Vermont
Bridge over the Walloomsac River in Bennington, Vermont
Taftsville Covered Bridge in Quechee Vermont.
Goldbrook Covered Bridge in Stowe, Vermont
Ashuelot Covered Bridge
The longest wooden covered bridge in the world located in Hartland, New Brunswick, Canada
Centennial Park in Plymouth Indiana
Dummerston covered bridge is 267 long and 22 wide
Arlington Covered Bridge in Vermont
Vermont covered bridge surrounded by colorful fall foliage
McVetty-McKenzie covered bridge made of wood and dating from 1893 is located in Gould, Lingwick, Estrie, Quebec Canada
Fitzsimmons Creek covered wooden bridge, Whistler, BC, Canada
Pedestrian bridge over the kicking horse river
Red Wooden Covered Bridge on a Forest Road in Fundy National Park, New Brunswick, Canada
Berks County, Pennsylvania
Things to know
- The oldest surviving covered bridge in the world is the Kapellbrücke (Chapel Bridge) in Lucerne, Switzerland, which was constructed in 1333.
- The United States has more than 800 surviving covered bridges, with the majority found in the eastern states. Pennsylvania has the highest number of covered bridges, followed by Ohio and Indiana.
- The longest covered bridge in the United States is the Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge, which spans the Connecticut River between Vermont and New Hampshire. It measures 449 feet in length.
- Covered bridges are often referred to as “kissing bridges,” stemming from the idea that the enclosed space provided privacy for courting couples to share a kiss as they crossed the bridge.
- The construction of covered bridges declined in the 20th century with the advent of modern materials and engineering techniques that allowed for more durable and long-lasting bridges without the need for a protective covering.
Walkersville covered bridge, 1903, West Virginia
Lantermans Mill in Mill Creek Park in Youngstown Ohio. Built in 1989.