This Day Trip Takes You To 9 Of West Virginia’s Covered Bridges And It’s Perfect For A Scenic Drive

The landscape throughout The Mountain State is dotted with sites of historical significance, among the most scenic are the many surviving covered bridges; many of them built by local craftsmen in the 1800s. To date, more than 15 of them have survived the test of time. Our covered bridge day trip in West Virginia is perhaps the most scenic adventure we’ve ever put together. This amazing journey visits nine of the state’s most historic, charming, and beautiful covered bridges. Gas up the car, charge your camera, pack some snacks, and get ready to embark upon an amazing covered bridge tour de force in West Virginia! Let’s go…

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Our covered bridge day trip in West Virginia will give you a deeper appreciation for the historic and scenic richness of the Mountain State. Have you visited any of these beautiful covered bridges in West Virginia before? Share your favorite bridges with us in the comments below!

Do you enjoy exploring the Mountain State on scenic country roads? Keep reading here to discover eight of the most scenic byways and backcountry roads in West Virginia. Now go have an adventure!

Address: Walkersville Covered Bridge, Covered Bridge Rd, Walkersville, WV 26447, USA
Address: Philippi Covered Bridge, 26416 US-250, Philippi, WV 26416, USA
Address: Simpson Creek Covered Bridge, Bridgeport-Meadowbrook Rd, Bridgeport, WV 26330, USA
Address: Fletcher Covered Bridge, Clarksburg, WV, USA
Address: Center Point Covered Bridge, Center Point, WV 26339, USA
Address: Barrackville Covered Bridge, Barrackville, WV 26559, USA
Address: Dents Run Covered Bridge, West Virginia 26501, USA
Address: Staats Mill Covered Bridge, Cedar Lakes Dr, Ripley, WV 25271, USA
Address: Sarvis Fork Covered Bridge, 100 Sarvis Fork Rd, Sandyville, WV 25275, USA
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covered bridge day trip in West Virginia

October 02, 2021

What’s the oldest covered bridge in West Virginia?

The oldest covered bridge in West Virginia tells a tale that dates all the way back to before the American Civil War. Just one of two remaining covered bridges in Barbour County, Philippi Covered Bridge is the oldest covered bridge in West Virginia; it dates all the way back to 1852. The double-barreled covered bridge, which allows for two lanes of traffic, spans nearly 283 feet, sits 26 feet across, and crosses over the Tygart Valley River. Most intriguing, however, is this bridge’s role in a key battle of the American Civil War! Click here to read all about it.

What are some historic places to visit in West Virginia?

West Virginia has a rich and storied history, and there’s lots for history buffs to explore here. For a primer in all things West Virginia history, check out these 11 important sites and attractions, all of which are designated National Historic Landmarks, in fact!

What are some fun day trips in West Virginia?

We’re going to stick with the “historic” theme here, and direct you Thomas, West Virginia. Thomas is convenient to some of the best hiking in the state (Blackwater Falls, Douglas Falls, Albert Falls, Dolly Sods), it has its own prestigious live music venue, and there are multiple excellent restaurants and shops full of beauty and local character. It’s also one of the most historically significant places in the state, something you can explore via a self-guided walking tour that passes a staggering 41 National Historic Landmarks in less than a mile!

Address: Walkersville Covered Bridge, Covered Bridge Rd, Walkersville, WV 26447, USA
Address: Philippi Covered Bridge, 26416 US-250, Philippi, WV 26416, USA
Address: Simpson Creek Covered Bridge, Bridgeport-Meadowbrook Rd, Bridgeport, WV 26330, USA
Address: Fletcher Covered Bridge, Clarksburg, WV, USA
Address: Center Point Covered Bridge, Center Point, WV 26339, USA
Address: Barrackville Covered Bridge, Barrackville, WV 26559, USA
Address: Dents Run Covered Bridge, West Virginia 26501, USA
Address: Staats Mill Covered Bridge, Cedar Lakes Dr, Ripley, WV 25271, USA
Address: Sarvis Fork Covered Bridge, 100 Sarvis Fork Rd, Sandyville, WV 25275, USA