Spend The Day Exploring These Three Covered Bridges In Delaware
Northern Delaware is known as the state’s chateau country – it’s full of former DuPont Estates, rolling hills, farmland, and historic buildings everywhere you look. If you want to take a glimpse back in time, embark on this short drive that takes you on a delightful journey to see the three covered bridges in Delaware that are still standing.
If you were to drive straight through, it would only take you about 20 minutes. However, we recommend taking your time and enjoying the journey.
Stop for a visit to Winterthur, dine at Buckley's Tavern, or take in the sights at the Mt. Cuba Center, all while stopping to see covered bridges along the way.
The first one on our itinerary is the Smith's Bridge Covered Bridge. It crosses the Brandywine and is an iconic figure for drivers and paddlers alike.
You might even get lucky and catch a vintage car crossing the bridge!
Next, travel down to the Ashland Covered Bridge. This crosses the Red Clay Creek.
It was originally built in 1850, and then rehabiliated multiple times in the 70s and 80s. Today, it stands as a tribute to those who tend to the Ashland Nature Center.
The Ashland Covered Bridge is perhaps the most photographed man-made wonder in Delaware.
Finally, be sure to stop at the Wooddale Covered Bridge. This tiny historic bridge crosses the Red Clay Creek, too.
It's a shorter bridge with a lattice window and a bright red color. It's truly a relic of the past!
The Wooddale Covered Bridge was built around the same time as the others - the 1850s - but it has a more storied past. It was destroyed by a flood in 2003 and rehabilitated as part of a community effort in the following years.
These three covered bridges in Delaware are so charming! They’re a must-see on any drive through the Brandywine Valley.
If you love the area and want to stay for a bit, consider visiting
The Historic Inn At Montchanin Village, which is a wonderful spot to get away.
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Address: Ashland Covered Bridge, 3540 Barley Mill Rd, Hockessin, DE 19707, USA Address: Wooddale Covered Bridge, 7 Delaware 4, Wilmington, DE 19804, USA Address: Smith's Bridge Covered Bridge, Smith Bridge Rd, Wilmington, DE 19803, USA