Massachusetts April 16, 2019
This Day Trip Takes You To 5 Of Massachusetts’ Covered Bridges And It’s Perfect For A Scenic Drive
Massachusetts is dotted with beautiful covered bridges that harken back to a simpler time. There are fewer and fewer of these lovely structures as the years go by, so hop on this road trip and check them out before they disappear.
You can complete this trip in one day, or break it up over the course of a weekend for two-days of fun.
Take a look at the map and directions here.
Ware-Hardwick Covered Bridge, Hardwick
The first stop on this covered bridge day trip is the Ware-Hardwick bridge. Built in 1886, this bridge boasts a spectacular location in the village of Gilbertville in southern Hardwick. It has stunning wooden gabled walls that allow light to peek in just enough. Even though it's over 150 years old, the bridge is still open to cars, so use caution when exploring.
Tannery Bridge, Sandisfield
The Tannery Bridge is a fun covered bridge that spans West Branch of the Farmington River in Sandisfield. Vehicles are still permitted to go through the bridge, so keep to the edge if you're exploring on foot and enjoy your drive through.
Sheffield Covered Bridge, Sheffield
Also known as Old Covered Bridge, this bridge is one of the prettiest in the state. It's actually a replica of an 1837 lattice truss bridge that was destroyed by a blaze in 1994, but you'd never know by looking at it. It's the perfect spot to take a break and enjoy a picnic by the water, especially since this is a pedestrian-only bridge. There's plenty of grass to spread out on, so don't be shy about relaxing and maybe snapping a few photos.
Burkeville Covered Bridge, Conway
This bridge may not be the most spectacular on this itinerary, but it does have one awesome thing going for it: the Burkeville Covered Bridge is the oldest in the state! It's a rare example of a multiple kingrod bridge with iron tensioning verticals and is easy to explore on foot. Make this a quick stop on your way to the next bridge.
Arthur Smith Covered Bridge, Colrain
We might have saved the best for last. The Arthur Smith Covered Bridge in Colrain is a classic, red covered bridge that looks like something from a postcard. It was built in 1869 and is only Burr truss bridge left standing in the state. It spans the North River and is closed to vehicle traffic, so you can hop out of your car and walk across the bridge without worrying about cars. As this is the last stop, you may want to snap a few more photos before heading into nearby Colrain for dinner.
These structures are the perfect spots to explore. For more of the coolest historical attractions in Massachusetts, take a look at some of our personal favorites