Covered Bridges of the White Mountains

The Covered Bridges of the White Mountains are an integral part of the landscape and a place to wait out a summer shower or steal a kiss or watch raging river waters swollen by the melting winter snows. Covered Bridges were often called "courting bridges." Their distinctive shapes form a signature for New Hampshire. Why the first covered bridges were built has been obscured by time. Some say that horses were more comfortable crossing an enclosed span than an open trestle. Others point to the fact that a bridge lasts longer if its heavy timbers are protected.

Certainly monetary considerations came into play: the first covered bridges were toll bridges. One bridge in Lebanon (now gone) was so profitable for its owner, that it provided a 70% annual return on the investment in the 1870's! Covered bridges consist of a roadway supported on each side by a wooden truss and a roof. The frame, made of heavy timbers called chords, is made of two high walls that span the stream with cross timbers top and bottom for the ceiling, floor and foundation. The chords were connected with trusses. Tree nails, called trunnels, made of hardwood hold the bridge together. Truss designs varied. Many bridges in the White Mountains utilize paddleford trusses, which were originated by Peter Paddleford of Littleton, New Hampshire. Each covered bridge is unique and holds many special and scenic features.

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Albany Covered Bridge

Length: 120 feet Built: 1858
North of Kancamagus Highway, 6 miles West of Conway on Dugway Road
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Bartlett Covered Bridge

Length: 167 feet Built: 1851
West of Route 302, 4.5 miles East of Bartlett
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Bath Covered Bridge

Length: 4 span, 375 feet Built: 1832
West of Route 302 on Pettyboro Road.
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Bath-Haverhill Covered Bridge

Length: 2 span, 256 feet Built: 1829
Route 135, .25 mile North of Route 302 at Woodsville.
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Blair Covered Bridge

Length: 293 feet Built: 1869
East of Route 3, 2 miles North of Livermore Falls on Blair Road.
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Bump Covered Bridge

Length: 68 feet Built: 1972
1 mile East of Route 175 on Bump Road at Campton Hollow.
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Clark's Trading Post Covered Bridge

Length: 116 feet Built: 1904
Located at Clark's Trading Post, along Route 3.
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Columbia Covered Bridge

Length: 146 feet Built: 1912
West of Route 3, 4 miles south of Colebrook Village.
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Durgin Covered Bridge

Length: 96 feet Built: 1869
1.5 miles North of Route 113, 2 miles East of N. Sandwich on Durgin Road
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Flume Covered Bridge

Length: 50 feet Built: 1871
East of Route 3 at the Flume Gorge.
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Groveton Covered Bridge

Length: 126 feet Built: 1852
East of Route 3 in the village of Groveton.
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Happy Corner Covered Bridge

Length: 61 feet Built: mid 1800's
200 yards East of Route 3, 6 miles north of Pittsburg Village on Hill Road
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Honeymoon Covered Bridge

Length: 121 feet Built: 1876
At the intersection of Route 16 and 16A on Village Street.
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Jack O' Lantern Covered Bridge

Length: 76 feet Built: 1986
Route 3, .25 mile South of Exit 30 off I-93.
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Littleton Covered Bridge

Length: 300 feet Built: 2004
Off Main Street, next to the Littleton Grist Mill & Miller's Café.

Lost River Allen Hollis Covered Bridge

Length: 41 feet Built: 1981
Off Route 112W, located at Lost River Gorge.
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Mechanic Street Covered Bridge

Length: 94 feet Built: 1862
East of Route 2 and 3 on Mechanic Street.
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Mount Orne Covered Bridge

Length: 2 span, 266 feet Built: 1911
West of Route 135 on South Lancaster Road west of Lancaster Village.
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Pittsburg-Clarksville Covered Bridge

Length: 89 feet Built: 1876
South of Route 3, on Bacon Road.
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River Road Covered Bridge

Length: 51 feet Built: 1858
7 miles North and 1 mile East of Route 3 on the road to Lake Francis State Park.
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Saco River Covered Bridge

Length: 2 span, 225 feet Built: 1890
.25 mile North of Route 16.
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Sentinel Pine Covered Bridge

Length: 61 feet Built: 1939
East of Route 3 in the Flume Gorge.
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Smith Millennium Covered Bridge

Length: 171 feet Built: 2001 (rebuilt)
.5 mile North of Route 3A, 2.5 miles west of Plymouth on Smith Bridge Road
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Squam River Covered Bridge

Length: 61 feet Built: 1990
Off Route 3 on River Street.
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Stark Covered Bridge

Length: 2 span, 134 feet Built: 1862
Northwest of Route 10 on North Road.
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Swift River Covered Bridge

Length: 129 feet Built: 1870
.5 mile north of Route 16.
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Swiftwater Covered Bridge

Length: 158 feet Built: 1849
North of Route 112 on Vaslley Road in Bath.
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Turkey Jim's Covered Bridge

Length: 60 feet Built: 1958 (rebuilt)
On Old Stephans Road. Just east of Route 3 and North of Route 49.
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Whittier Covered Bridge

Length: 132 feet Built: 1870
West of Route 16, on small road which is used to connect Route 16 & Route 25.
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