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Lancaster County Covered Bridges

Visit historic PA covered bridges in Lancaster County.

There are over 25 covered bridges in PA Dutch Country, and we’ve put together driving tours for you to experience them.

Just the sight of the historic covered bridges of PA brings to mind thoughts of old charm and romance. And in Lancaster County - the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country - we have plenty of both! Sometimes referred to as “kissing bridges” because of the many couples who have strolled across them over the years, our area offers more than two dozen of these architectural beauties – each with its own inviting story.

We've developed five driving tours of PA covered bridges in Lancaster to lead you through various areas of the County. Each set of directions includes several historic PA covered bridges; ideas for things to do along the way; and unique Lancaster County towns and villages lined with restaurants, shops, galleries and historic attractions. A great way to stretch your legs during the journey, break for lunch, or create a Pennsylvania Dutch Country itinerary to fill your entire day!


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Eshleman

Eshleman's Mill Covered Bridge

See Map, Gordonville, PA

(717) 299-8901

This bridge is sometimes referred to as the Paradise Bridge, but is incorrectly referred to as Leaman’s Place Bridge.

Schenck

Schenck's Mill Covered Bridge

See Map, Manheim, PA

(717) 299-8901

 It is the 3rd oldest bridge in the county still open to traffic.

Pool Forge Covered Bridge

Pool Forge Covered Bridge

See Map, Narvon, PA

(717) 299-8901

Built by Levi Fink and Elias McMellen for $1219 in 1859. It was also known as Yohn’s Mill Bridge.

Lime Valley Covered Bridge

Lime Valley Covered Bridge

See Map, Willow Street, PA

(717) 299-8901

  It is referred to as the twin bridge to an earlier one built by Silas Wolverton in 1857 just 200 ft. west of the existing bridge.

Keller

Keller's Mill Covered Bridge

See Map, Ephrata, PA

(717) 299-8901

Bridge is known variously as Rettew’s Mill Bridge and Guy Bard’s Mill Bridge.  It is the county’s only white covered bridge.

Forry

Forry's Mill Covered Bridge

See Map, Columbia, PA

(717) 299-8901

Built by Elias McMellen in 1869 for $2969, the year the first transcontinental railroad was completed. 

Landis Mill Covered Bridge

Landis Mill Covered Bridge

See Map, Lancaster, PA

(717) 299-8901

 The kingpost truss was used rather than the Burr arch truss because of its short length of 53 ft., the shortest authentic covered bridge still in use.

Pinetown Covered Bridge

Pinetown Covered Bridge

See Map, Bird-in-Hand, PA

(717) 299-8901

Enjoy taking a covered bridges tour of Lancaster County!

Zook

Zook's Mill Covered Bridge

See Map, Warwick, PA

(717) 299-8901

Flood waters from Hurricane Agnus rose 6 1/2 ft. above the bridge floor, but did not destroy the bridge. Since the floor is 11 ft. above the creek, one can imagine the amount of water that inundated the surrounding countryside. 

Bucher

Bucher's Mill Covered Bridge

See Map, Stevens, PA

(717) 299-8901

At 68 ft., it is the second shortest covered bridge in the county. 

Jackson

Jackson's Sawmill Covered Bridge

See Map, Quarryville, PA

(717) 299-8901

Originally built in 1878 for $2410, it is one of only two covered bridges known to be built by Samuel Stauffer.

Siegrist

Siegrist's Mill Covered Bridge

See Map, Mount Joy, PA

(717) 299-8901

Built by James C. Carpenter in 1885 for $1872 and known as Michael Moore’s Mill Bridge.

Erb

Erb's Mill Covered Bridge

See Map, Lititz, PA

(717) 299-8901

In 1849 this bridge was being built while tens of thousands of people were rushing to find gold in the California hills

Mercer

Mercer's Mill Covered Bridge

See Map, Atglen, PA

(717) 299-8901

 It is one of only two remaining bridges shared with Chester County.  This bridge photographs particularly well  in the Spring.

Baumgardener

Baumgardener's Covered Bridge

See Map, Pequea, PA

(717) 299-8901

Its remote location makes it a little hard to find, but its picturesque setting is well worth the effort.

Bitzer

Bitzer's Mill Covered Bridge

See Map, Ephrata, PA

(717) 299-8901

 It is also known as Martin’s Mill Bridge, Eberly’s Cider Mill Bridge and Fiantz’s Mill Bridge, all earlier mill owners.

Pine Grove Covered Bridge

Pine Grove Covered Bridge

See Map, Oxford, PA

(717) 299-8901

At 204 ft. in length it is the only double-span, double-arch bridge remaining in the county still in use.

Shearer

Shearer's Mill Covered Bridge

504 East Adele Avenue, Manheim, PA

(717) 299-8901

This bridge was originally built in 1847 for $600 (builder unknown), then rebuilt nine years later by Jacob Clare following extensive flood damage.

Red Run Covered Bridge

Red Run Covered Bridge

See Map, Denver, PA

(717) 299-8901

Colemanville Covered Bridge

Colemanville Covered Bridge

See Map, Pequea, PA

(717) 299-8901

At 170 ft. it is the county’s second longest single-span covered bridge still in use.

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