Philadelphia December 03, 2017
by Kim Magaraci 10 Beautiful Covered Bridges Around Philadelphia That Remind Us Of A Simpler Time
Pennsylvania was once full of covered bridges, with over 1,500 of these pretty creek crossings dotting the countryside. Now, there are just about 200, and Lancaster County has the most. You don’t have to go all the way out to the country to see them, though – these 10 are located close enough to Philadelphia that you cross most of them in an afternoon drive!
1. Thompson Mill Covered Bridge
The Thompson Mill Covered Bridge is part of Wissahickon Valley Park and it crosses the Wissahickon Creek. This is probably the one most Philadelphians have walked across.
2. Bartram's Covered Bridge
This bridge was constructed circa 1860 and it's 60 feet long. You can find it near the intersection of Goshen and Boot Roads in Newtown Square, PA 19073.
3. Cabin Run Covered Bridge
Cabin Run Covered Bridge is located on the aptly named Covered Bridge Road in Plumsteadville, PA 18950. It was built in 1871.
4. Erwinna Covered Bridge
The shortest bridge in Bucks County is a beautiful covered bridge named Erwinna. It was built in 1832. Find it at Geigel Hill Road in Tinicum, PA 18947.
5. Frankenfield Covered Bridge
Frankenfield Covered Bridge is one of the longest you'll ever cross, with 130 feet of road! It's located just two miles upstream from the mighty Delaware River. Find it at Hollow Horn Road and Cafferty Road in Tinicum, PA 18947.
6. Glen Hope Covered Bridge
The Glen Hope Covered Bridge was rebuilt after a fire, but it still brings back memories of the past when you cross it. Find it at Hickory Hill Road in South West Grove, PA 19390.
7. Halls Covered Bridge
The oldest covered bridge in Chester County is the Halls Covered Bridge. It's a beautiful, airy bridge that is frequently photographed. Find it at Sheeder Road and Birch Run Road in Chester Springs, PA 19425.
8. Hares Hill Road Bridge
Cross the French Creek on the Hares Hill Road Bridge, which was built in 1869. Find it at
Hare's Hill Road in Kimberton, PA 19442.
9. Harmony Hill Covered Bridge
One of the most unique covered bridges is the beautiful white Harmony Hill Covered Bridge in West Chester. Enjoy this historic bridge when you cross it near Harmony Hill Road and Route 322 in West Chester, PA 19382.
10. Hayes Covered Bridge
The Hayes Covered Bridge is one of the prettiest red bridges you'll find. Cross it in the middle of the countryside on Route 15068 in Modena, PA 15061.
The Thompson Mill Bridge is the closest one to Center City. While you’re there,
hike through Wissahickon Valley Park and see a whole world of wonders just north of the city.
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