Drive Through A Covered Bridge, Then Hike To The Weeks Estate For A Real New Hampshire Adventure

Covered bridges in New Hampshire are not as plentiful as they once were, making each of the five dozen or so that remain in place that much more of a discovery. The Mechanic Street Covered Bridge is one such gem in the northern New Hampshire town of Lancaster. The 94-foot bridge was built in 1862 and is a classic, quaint feature. Lancaster is a gateway to Weeks State Park, less than 5 miles away. The park’s highlight is the 446-acre Weeks Estate, atop Mount Prospect. The early 20th-century property is accessible via driving and/or hiking, depending on the time of the year.

The Mechanic Street Covered Bridge reopened to passenger vehicles after being temporarily closed during the summer of 2022, due to damage caused by a box truck. So please heed the size limits! The Auto Road in Weeks State Park is closed to vehicles from Columbus Day in October to Memorial Day in May but hikers can use the road year-round. The trail also is accessible from Reed Road. And while you’re in New Hampshire, here’s a day trip that will take you to nine other covered bridges.

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