Trip Ideas & Itineraries

Covered Bridges

Yellow flowers are in the forefront with a wooden covered bridge over a river in the background.
A covered bridge in a downtown tucked behind trees just starting to turn fall colors.

100 Covered Bridges in Vermont

Covered bridges in Vermont date from 1820 (the original Pulp Mill Bridge across Otter Creek in Middlebury), with most constructed during the mid and late 19th century. Among them is the Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge that spans the Connecticut River between Windsor, Vermont and Cornish, New Hampshire. At 465 feet, it is the longest two-span covered bridge in the world and the longest wooden bridge in the United States. Woodstock’s classic red Taftsville Covered Bridge spans the rushing Ottauquechee River. Vermont’s covered bridges are the settings for history, weddings, scenic drives, beautiful photography, and memories that will last a lifetime.

Vermont’s covered bridges used to be known as “kissing bridges” due to the moments of privacy they afforded courting couples riding through in a horse-drawn carriage.

Vermont’s Covered Bridges

Seen from above, a long road winds through snow-dusted mountains.

Scenic Drives in Vermont

The best way to travel the state is by touring roads that meander through mountains and meet in valleys, including 10 federally designated scenic byways and a myriad of back roads, toll roads, and scenic routes. There are 100 covered bridges still in use today that add character to Vermont’s roads; photographing or driving through them is part of exploring the Green Mountain State. Covered bridges are easy to find; some are even visible from Interstate routes. Whether you use the map to plan a route with as many covered bridges as possible or enjoy the experience of driving through just one or two, no Vermont road trip is covered without a bridge.