6 Beautiful Covered Bridges in New Hampshire | Swanzey, NH

If you are wondering how many covered bridges there are in New Hampshire, there are a lot; 54 bridges to be exact! If you’re seeking a location where you can see a number of bridges on a day trip, look no further than the southwest corner of New Hampshire.  The area of Swanzey, NH has six bridges you can visit in as little as one to two hours.

Ashuelot Covered Bridge

Ashuelot Covered Bridge | Winchester, NH | New Hampshire Covered Bridges

Located in Winchester, NH, The Ashuelot Covered Bridge is the longest of the bridges at 169 feet in length.  When you loop around Route 119 going west, the scene of a white lattice bridge with a red roof and the complementary green trees hugging the bridge downriver is breathtaking.  Built in 1864, the wooden bridge has walkways on both sides, and there is an area for parking, allowing you to explore the bridge and river.  This bridge is such a spectacular landmark that there is an annual dinner held on it to benefit The Sheridan House Museum.  The area is absolutely beautiful, and you will want some time to enjoy this one.

 

Coombs Bridge

Coombs Covered Bridge | Winchester, NH | New Hampshire Covered Bridges

Located off Route 10 in Winchester, NH, Coombs Bridge is an 1837 Town Lattice Truss bridge that was named after the builder, Anthony Coombs.  The natural wood bridge sits over the Ashuelot River and spans 107 feet.  The cracked and broken wood on the exterior façade shows the age of the bridge, which is also apparent on the floorboards in the interior.  The bridge is not in a high traffic area, but there are no walkways along the bridge, so you will need to be mindful of oncoming vehicles if you choose to walk through.  It is very dark inside the bridge, but while you’re inside, take a peek out of the lattice to view the river.

 

Slate Bridge

The Slate Bridge, located in Swanzey, NH was built in 1862 as a 123-foot long Town Lattice Truss bridge.   All historical structures have a story, and that of the Slate Bridge is a sad one. The Slate Bridge actually had to be rebuilt in 2001 due to fire in the early 90’s.  The new red bridge is what now resides over the Ashuelot River.  There is a $5 fine for riding or driving over the bridge any faster than a walk… at least that’s what the sign says 🙂

 

Carlton Bridge

Carlton Covered Bridge | Swanzey, NH | New Hampshire Covered Bridges

The Carlton Bridge, also in East Swanzey, NH, is an 1869 Queenspost Truss Bridge.  The original bridge was built in 1789, but there is little known about the original structure and what may have happened to it.  The sign hanging on the bridge calls it the Carlton Bridge, but it is also referred to as the Carleton Bridge (its location is on Carleton Road).

 

Sawyers Crossing Bridge

Sawyer's Crossing Covered Bridge | Swanzey, NH | New Hampshire Covered Bridges

The Sawyers Crossing Bridge, built in 1859, has similar characteristics of the Carlton and Slate bridges with red and white charm welcoming you to the other side of the river.  This Town Lattice Truss bridge is also known as the Cresson Bridge and lives above the Ashuelot River.  You can read more about this bridge’s rich history here. https://www.nh.gov/nhdhr/bridges/p13.html

 

The West Swanzey Bridge

The West Swanzey Bridge, also known as the Thompson Bridge, is a Town Lattice Truss bridge.  This bridge is not on a country road like the other bridges.  Located on Main Street, the 1832 bridge is 136-feet long and has a single walkway across with a parking lot nearby.  The 19th Century Homestead Woolen Mills Dam previously sat near the bridge but was removed in 2010, which helped with the stabilization of the bridge.  A sign currently sits on one side of the bridge giving an overview of the history of the Woolen Mills Dam.

West Swanzey Covered Bridge | Swanzey, NH | New Hampshire Covered Bridges

 

Feel free to check out my Google Map* of the bridges mentioned above.

If you’ve ever visited these bridges, feel free to comment on your experience below! Have you ever kayaked under any of these bridges?  I would love to hear what it was like!

 

Places To Visit:

Ashuelot Covered Bridge | 403 Back Ashuelot Rd., Ashuelot, NH

Coombs Covered Bridge | 29 Coombs Bridge Rd, Winchester, NH

Slate Covered Bridge | Westport Village Road, Swanzey, NH

Carlton Covered Bridge | 86 Carlton Rd, Swanzey, NH

Sawyer’s Crossing Bridge / Cresson Bridge | Causeway Rd, Swanzey, NH

West Swanzey Bridge | 96 Main St, Swanzey, NH

 

Map

Feel free to check out my Google Map* of the bridges mentioned above.

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