Did you know that at one time Maryland had over 120 authentic covered bridges? Due to weathering and new roads being built, the number of Maryland covered bridges now dwindles below 10. You may want to visit these remaining few before it’s too late.
1. Roddy Road Covered Bridge
Our first three bridges are all located in Frederick County, starting with the Roddy Road covered bridge. It was built in 1856 and lies just north of Thurmont. It's the counties smallest bridge but is just as beautiful as the rest.
2. Loy's Station Covered Bridge
Located in Frederick County, this covered bridge was built in 1880 and still contains some of its original timber. It crosses Owen's Creek which is a popular spot for fishing and picnicking.
3. Utica Mills Covered Bridge
This is another Frederick County covered bridge, circa 1850. It originally crossed the Monocacy River until 1889 when it was washed away by a storm. It was reconstructed and moved to its current location across Fishing Creek.
4. Gilpin's Falls Covered Bridge
This Cecil County bridge was built in 1860 across North East Creek. Its final decade of service was in the 1920's but you can still check it out today. It was recently restored in 2010 with newer beams and a fresh coat of red paint.
5. Jericho Covered Bridge
Located between Baltimore and Harford County, the Jericho Bridge was built in 1865 across the Little Gunpowder Falls. It's listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is rumored to be haunted by the ghosts of slaves and Civil War soldiers.
6. Foxcatcher Farms Covered Bridge
Another Cecil County Bridge, this one was built in 1860. It's located in the Fairview Hill Natural Resource
7. Betty Ruth Covered Bridge
Although this bridge appears to be just as old as the rest, it was actually built in 1993. It's located in Allegany County on private property so, sadly, a photo like this is the closest you can get.
Full of historic charm, these covered bridges are a must-see at least once. Perhaps you could create your own road trip to check them out while there’s still time.