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Lancaster, PA Covered Bridges


Covered bridges are a piece of historic Americana that continues to fascinate people of all ages. Lancaster County features more covered bridges than any other Pennsylvania county.

When you visit, plan a few side trips to visit some of the most picturesque covered bridges in the region. You’ll be transported back in time and learn to appreciate the importance of these fascinating structures. Or, you can go on a full-fledged covered bridges tour offered by a private company. For instance, try the Strasburg Scooters covered bridge tour for a fun, memorable experience. 

A Brief Background on Covered Bridges

Today, most well-known bridges are uncovered. That is, they are exposed to the elements. That’s okay because modern bridges are made of strong materials that can withstand changing weather conditions.

Generations ago, though, bridges were mainly made of wood. To help protect them from seasonal weather changes, engineers designed them to have roofs. The roofs kept water, sleet, and snow from causing damage, which helped keep them in great shape for longer.

Eventually, covered bridges went out of favor. As roads became wider and were made of highly durable concrete, steel, and other items, they didn’t need coverage. Vehicles also became larger, so covered bridges weren't as practical. However, since these bridges have such historical value, many are protected today. Be sure to visit some of our favorites, including:

  • Forry’s Mill Covered Bridge: Built in the mid-19th century, this covered bridge spans Big Chiques Creek. It’s open for regular traffic, so you can drive over it.
  • Kauffman’s Distillery Covered Bridge: Named for the nearby distillery, Kauffman’s covered bridge is nearly 100 feet long and a terrific location to take pictures.
  • Shearer’s Covered Bridge: Known for its red interior and exterior, Shearer’s bridge has survived being rebuilt and moved since it was first constructed in the 1840s.
  • Pine Grove Covered Bridge: This lengthy covered bridge covers some distance and is more than 100 years old. It is the longest covered bridge in Lancaster County.
  • Mercer’s Mill Covered Bridge: Surrounded by lush trees that produce lots of foliage in the fall, Mercer’s Mill bridge presents a quaint appearance.

Go on a Family or Couples’ Tour of Lancaster Covered Bridges

Maybe you’re traveling with kids. Perhaps you’re a solo vacationer, or you might have chosen Central and South-Central Pennsylvania for a romantic getaway. No matter why you’ve come to the Lancaster County region, you’ll find tons of opportunities to see history up close by checking out at least a few covered bridges. Book your stay today at the Warehouse Hotel.

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