New York September 17, 2019
This Day Trip Takes You To 5 Of New York’s Covered Bridges And It’s Wonderful For A Scenic Drive
At one point in time here in the Empire State, you could find over 300 covered bridges spanning across our rivers and creeks. Today though if you find yourself seeking out these charming and historic structures, you’ll only be able to uncover several handfuls of them left standing in New York. Showcasing some of our favorite pieces of the past, discover what it’s like to go for a scenic drive as you take a day trip to some of the only covered bridges in our state that are still standing.
Leading you from the small town of Salem, and all the way out to near Cooperstown, all it takes is a 3-hour scenic drive to uncover 5 of New York's most charming covered bridges.
Going from east to west, your first stop will be the Rexleigh Covered Bridge.
Out in the small town of Salem, the Rexleigh Covered Bridge spans across the Batten Kill. First built back in 1874, the Rexleigh Covered Bridge photogenically sits above the water and makes for a wonderful place to pull over and take a picture.
Next stop, you'll head over to the Buskirk Covered Bridge.
Painted a charming red color, the Buskirk Bridge dates all the way back to 1850 and can be found right near the towns of Hudson and Buskirk. Still open for vehicle use, this darling Howe truss covered bridge sits right over the Hoosic River and will take you back to a simpler time.
This next stop not only includes the Copeland Covered Bridge, but also beautiful waterfalls too!
Right along the roadside, the Copeland Covered Bridge in Northville is more than worth pulling over for. Part of Saratoga County and built back in 1879, the covered bridge sits at the bottom of a small hill, where you can walk inside the covered bridge to enjoy a framed view of the waterfalls all around you that are cascading down Beecher Creek.
The breathtaking scenic drives and bridges continue with a stop at the Salisbury Center Covered Bridge.
If you hadn't already caught on to the pattern, during the 1870s here in New York, covered bridges were a popular structure to be built! In 1875 out in Herkimer County, the Salisbury Center Covered Bridge was constructed. Spanning across more than 40-feet, the covered bridge is just over Spruce Creek and makes for one scenic stop.
Last but not least, we present you with Hyde Hall Covered Bridge AKA the oldest covered bridge in New York State.
What some consider to be the oldest covered bridge in America, Hyde Hall Covered Bridge can be found tucked away inside of Coopertown's Glimmerglass State Park. An easy 1-mile long hiking trail is set up inside the state park, giving you the opportunity to go for a stroll over the oldest covered bridge in the Empire State - dating back to 1825.
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