Maine Covered Bridges
While most of Maine’s covered bridges have long since collapsed or fallen victim to nature, nine historic covered bridges still remain. The oldest original covered bridge still standing in Maine is Hemlock Bridge built in 1857. The newest original bridge is Watson Bridge built in 1911. Two of the nine bridges, Babb and Low’s Bridge, was destroyed but exact replicas were built to replace them. Each bridge has a story, some of which can be discovered by their construction. The five main truss types included paddleford, queen, long, howe and arch. Learn more about Maine’s 9 covered bridges in my book: Insider’s Guide to Maine’s Historic Covered Bridges.
Enjoy scenic road trips? Check out the Maine covered bridge road trip challenge!
Do you enjoy a great scenic road trip? How about visiting six covered bridges in one day? Your adventure begins in Gorham at Babb Bridge and ends in Wilson’s Mills at Bennett Bridge (although Google claims it’s in Errol). The entire road trip takes just under 4 hours. Click here for driving directions for the Maine Covered Bridge Road Trip Challenge!
Return Road Trip Bonuses:
On the way back be sure to head towards Rangeley for some incredible scenery. If you follow Route 4 back, be sure to stop in at Smalls Falls. It is a short, easy hike to the falls with a great rest area including picnic tables and facilities. If you take Route 17 back, stop at Height of Land for a breathtaking panoramic view of the area surrounding Mooselookmeuntic Lake. Just a 15-minute drive south from there will bring you to the popular roadside stop Coos Canyon.
Looking for More Information about Maine Covered Bridges?
Did you know one of Maine’s covered bridges is located in a campground? Find out which bridge is a hidden gem with a boat launch, has beautiful rest area among the pines and is located on a remote back road. Discover the interesting histories of the 9 remaining bridges, get tips and more. Download the Insider’s Guide to Maine’s Historic Covered Bridges today!
Did you accept the Covered Bridge challenge?
Did you find any other great roadside stops along the way? Share your adventure with us! Post in the comments below and be sure to add a link to any photos you want to share!
Angela enjoys exploring the many beautiful and unique natural places in Maine and sharing her outdoor experiences with others.When not out exploring Maine woods, trails, mountains and waterways Angela can be found plotting and planning her next adventure or buying another backpack.(Because you can never have too many).