Road trip! Two of the sweetest words in the English language, right? Well, when you just don’t have time for a proper road trip of a few days or more, you can’t go wrong with a leisurely day trip. You’ll get to pack in plenty of fun, enjoy a relaxing day away, and still get to sleep in your own bed at night. This leisurely one-day trip will take you to six beautiful and totally charming West Virginia covered bridges.

Check out the Google Map for this day trip to covered bridges in West Virginia, which you can easily customize.

Which of the above covered bridges in West Virginia have you visited? Share your experience in the comments!

And how do you feel about pairing wine with waterfalls? Embark on this day trip to the best wine and waterfalls in the state. For even more unexpected adventures, we recommend taking a look at Airbnb Experiences, where locals put one-of-a-kind opportunities up for offer.

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Covered bridges in West Virginia

What are the oldest covered bridges in West Virginia?

Among West Virginia’s 17 remaining covered bridges, three stand out above the rest as especially historically significant. They are the:

  • Philippi Covered Bridge
  • Carrollton Covered Bridge
  • Barrackville Covered Bridge

What makes all three so special? Well, trio represents both the three oldest and the three longest covered bridges in West Virginia. In fact, each of these bridges pre-dates the Civil War, and their stories will fascinate you.

What are some historic places to visit in West Virginia?

Speaking of history, the Mountain State is full of all sorts of must-visit sites for history buffs! From monuments to mountains, from resorts to places of historical significance, there are endless must-see places in West Virginia, especially with regard to history:

  • If you're feeling brave, the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in Weston is as historic as it is creepy: this asylum operated from 1864 until 1994 and now is considered an extremely haunted place. With numerous accounts of paranormal activity, ghost tours are offered at the facility year-round.
  • If you're into U.S. history, Blair Mountain in Logan County is the site of one of the largest civil uprisings in the country, and the largest rebellion since the Civil War. During an attempt to unionize the coalfields of southern West Virginia, roughly 10,000 armed coal miners confronted 3,000 police officers and strikebreakers. Between 50 and 100 striking coal miners died and 10-30 lawmen died. The battle ended when the U.S. Army intervened by presidential order. 


Are there many fun day trips in West Virginia?

  • Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is another must-visit spot; it's most notably the site of John Brown’s abolitionist uprising. The park is a fascinating place of historical significance and one of the best day trips in West Virginia

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