Pittsburgh April 17, 2019
This Day Trip Takes You To 6 Of Pittsburgh’s Covered Bridges And It’s Perfect For A Scenic Drive
What are two of the sweetest words in the English language? Well, day trip comes in a really close send to road trip, wouldn’t you agree? Pittsburgh’s a
great launching pad for day trips, especially with all the natural and man-made attractions within a few hours from downtown. Today, let’s hit the road for a day trip to six of the most beautiful covered bridges near Pittsburgh.
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Let's hit the road on an enchanting day trip to six of the best covered bridges near Pittsburgh. The day trip covers over 200 miles in a little over four hours. (Don't forget to add the time you'll spend at each covered bridge and stops for snacks and meals.) Off we go!
1. Bailey Covered Bridge – Amity
Turn back the pages of time at our first stop, Bailey Covered Bridge, which was built in 1899 on the property of the Bailey Brothers. Sadly, the original covered bridge was destroyed in a fire in 1994. However, it was rebuilt and still draws visitors as Washington County's last "burr arch" covered bridge.
2. Trusal Bridge – Creekside
Our next stop takes us to Trusal Covered Bridge in Indiana. The 41-foot-long covered bridge dates back to 1870. And, it's known for a few things: The covered bridge is the
oldest and the shortest covered bridge in Indiana County.
3. Harmon Covered Bridge – Creekside
Next, we'll travel just a half of a mile to Harmon Covered Bridge, also set among farmland. Whereas Trusal Bridge is Indiana County's oldest covered bridge, Harmon Covered Bridge is its youngest, built in 1910. Its construction cost just $525, and the bridge crosses over Plum Creek.
4. Thomas Covered Bridge – Indiana
And, let's go to Thomas Covered Bridge, built in 1879, next. The charming covered bridge cost a mere $545 to build. Then, in 1998, the bridge was reconstruction at a cost of a million dollars. Today, vehicles can travel over the bridge that has a weight limit of 20 tons.
5. Kintersburg Covered Bridge – Marion Center
Up next: Kintersburg Covered Bridge in Marion Center. The covered bridge, which crosses over Crooked Creek, was built in 1877 for only $893. It has earned distinction as Indiana County's sole remaining Howe truss bridge.
6. Leatherman Covered Bridge – Eighty-Four
And, our final stop on this delightful day trip takes us to Leatherman Covered Bridge. Crossing over Pigeon Creek, the bridge looks similar to a barn and spans a mere 36 feet. No one knows exactly when the covered bridge was originally built, although some speculate it was after the 1860s.
What are your favorite covered bridges near Pittsburgh? Join the conversation in the comments! Then,
click here to read about 10 charming covered bridges near Pittsburgh that remind us of a simpler time.