Trip idea to see Amish Covered Bridges

Explore the back roads of southeastern Lancaster County and its rolling farmland, plus the town of Christiana. See the only double-span, double-arch bridge in use in Lancaster County, Pine Grove Covered Bridge.

Morning

Start your day with breakfast at the 1899 Olde Mill Restaurant in Intercourse for a home cooked breakfast. While you’re there, be sure to chat with the locals. They’re always happy to tell you about their favorite places in town.

Once your belly is full, head to the Mercer's Mill Covered Bridge. This bridge was built in 1880 and located just south of Christiania, is one of the only two remaining bridges shared with Chester County. Interestingly, this bridge is photographed best in the spring. The next bridge on your tour is the Pine Grove Covered Bridge, the only double-span, double-arch bridge in use in Lancaster County, at 204 feet. Originally built in 1816, it was later rebuilt in 1846 and 1884 because it was destroyed by flood water. The bridge is jointly owned by Lancaster and Chester Counties.

Afternoon

A morning of sightseeing can be exhausting. Hometown Kitchen is close by, their food is great and it’s made by Amish cooks. Stop in, you’ll be glad you did!

After your enjoyable lunch, your adventure continues. The next bridge you’ll see is the White Rock Forge Covered Bridge. It is the second oldest covered bridge in Lancaster County still open to traffic, was originally built in 1847 and rebuilt in 1884. In its long history, this Lancaster covered bridge has been washed away and rebuilt twice. It’s not far before you’ll find the Jackson's Sawmill Covered Bridge. This bridge was built in 1878, but was destroyed by a flood in 1988. The county rebuilt the bridge and raised it an additional three feet to keep safe from future floods.

Evening

As your days wraps up, if you are looking for a quick bite to eat, stop at Isaac’s Famous Grilled Sandwiches – or, for fine food and spirits, try the Iron Horse Inn, both in nearby Strasburg.

You won’t have far to go to find a comfortable overnight stay. The Strasburg Village Inn or Limestone Inn Bed & Breakfast are perfect.

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565 Greenfield Road, Greenfield exit off Route 30, Lancaster, PA 17601

(717) 393-6067

Awesome grilled sandwiches, hearty soups, fresh green salads, desserts and Kid's Menu. Located near the Visitor's Center off Rt. 30.

Amish & PA Dutch Countryside region of Lancaster County Pennsylvania

Amish & PA Dutch Countryside explore the region

1 West Main Street, Centre Square, Strasburg, PA 17579

(717) 687-0900

Located on Centre Square in Strasburg, this historic inn offers ten well-appointed rooms with private baths and a vacation home unit. Enjoy ice cream from the adjacent Creamery while rocking your cares away on the front porch.

Amish & PA Dutch Countryside region of Lancaster County Pennsylvania

Amish & PA Dutch Countryside explore the region

9 Queen Road, Intercourse, PA 17534

(717) 768-3636 (800) 717-6202

Home cooking served for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Amish & PA Dutch Countryside region of Lancaster County Pennsylvania

Amish & PA Dutch Countryside explore the region

33 East Main Street, Strasburg, PA 17579

(717) 687-8392 (800) 278-8392

A bed and breakfast in a 200 year old house in the heart of historic Strasburg.

Amish & PA Dutch Countryside region of Lancaster County Pennsylvania

Amish & PA Dutch Countryside explore the region

135 East Main Street, Strasburg, PA 17579

(717) 687-6362

Dine in the original Hotel Strasburg.

Amish & PA Dutch Countryside region of Lancaster County Pennsylvania

Amish & PA Dutch Countryside explore the region

See Map, Kirkwood, PA 17536

(717) 299-8901

It is the county’s second oldest covered bridge still open to traffic.

River Hills region of Lancaster County Pennsylvania

River Hills explore the region

See Map, Atglen, PA 17602

(717) 299-8901

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

Next-door Neighbors region of Lancaster County Pennsylvania

Next-door Neighbors explore the region

See Map, Oxford, PA 19363

(717) 299-8901

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

River Hills region of Lancaster County Pennsylvania

River Hills explore the region

See Map, Quarryville, PA 17566

(717) 299-8901

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

Amish & PA Dutch Countryside region of Lancaster County Pennsylvania

Amish & PA Dutch Countryside explore the region

18 Furnace Road, Quarryville, PA 17566

(717) 806-5188

The drive to this restaurant is beautiful! Our Pennsylvania Dutch dishes made by Amish cooks are delicious.

Amish & PA Dutch Countryside region of Lancaster County Pennsylvania

Amish & PA Dutch Countryside explore the region