Sure, a bridge may be “just a bridge,” but there’s something quite special about covered bridges. What makes these structures so special is the history behind them. Sadly, many covered bridges in Alabama are no longer standing. However, many still are.
1. Tannehill Valley Covered Bridge
The Tannehill Valley Covered Bridge is located at Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park near McCalla, Alabama. It was built in 1972 and is approximately 45 feet long.
2. Easley Covered Bridge
Built in 1927, the Easley Covered Bridge is located in Blount County, near the town of Rosa.
3. Old Union Crossing Covered Bridge
Old Union Crossing Bridge spans the West Fork of the Little River in DeKalb County. This 90-foot bridge was built in 1863 and rebuilt in 1980.
4. Kymulga Covered Bridge
The Kymulga Covered Bridge was built during the 1860s and is located in Childersburg, Alabama.
5. Clarkson--Legg Covered Bridge
Located in Cullman, Alabama, the Clarkson-Legg Covered Bridge was built in 1904 and restored in 1975. It's one of the largest covered bridges in Alabama.
6. Horace King Memorial Bridge
Horace King Memorial Bridge is located in Valley, Alabama and was built in 2003 as an educational tool. It was also built as a memorial to Horace King, a Civil War-era slave who later became an Alabama legislator.
7. Coldwater Covered Bridge
Located in Oxford, Alabama, the Coldwater Covered Bridge was built in 1850 by a former slave. It's
the oldest "kissing bridge" in Alabama.
8. Swann Covered Bridge
Built in 1933, Swann Bridge spans the Locust Fork of the Black Warrior River in Blount County. This 324-foot bridge is currently the longest-existing covered bridge in Alabama.
9. Alamuchee--Bellamy Covered Bridge
Located in Sumter County, on the University of West Alabama campus, the Alamuchee-Bellamy Covered Bridge was built over the Sucarnoochee River in 1861.
10. Salem--Shotwell Covered Bridge
The Salem-Shotwell Covered Bridge spans Rocky Brook in Opelika, Alabama. This 43-foot bridge was built in 1900 and was rebuilt in 2007.
Have you been to any of these covered bridges? Which covered bridges did we miss? Let us know in the comments below!