Covered Bridges in Lancaster, PA
Explore over 25 covered bridges in Lancaster County.
Just the sight of covered bridges 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 story.
We've developed some driving tours of covered bridges in Lancaster County. Each set of directions includes several historic covered bridges, ideas for things to do along the way, and unique Lancaster County towns and villages lined with restaurants, shops, galleries, and attractions. To download a PDF of our driving tours with suggested stops along the way, click here.
COVERED BRIDGES DRIVING TOURS
If you're interested in following our tours on Google Maps, select from the choices below for region-specific directions to the covered bridges:
- Historic Rivertowns and Western Villages
- Lititz and its Countryside
- Northern Amish Countryside
- Scenic Parks & Preserves
- Southern Amish Countryside
Promoting the interest and preservation and restoration of historic covered bridges in Pennsylvania, the Theodore Burr Covered Bridge Society offers even more information about our beautiful bridges.
Read on for a detailed , in-depth description of one of our favorite covered bridge driving tours.
You’ll travel from bridge to bridge, and enjoy classic Lancaster stops along the way. This tour incorporates just some of the bridges in the area. For more bridges, maps, and areas of interest, click here for the full tour.
Rise and shine! It's time for a drive around Lancaster County to see the many covered bridges the area is known for. Before you begin your adventure, stop by Shady Maple Smorgasbord or Yoder's Restaurant & Buffet for a selection of traditional breakfast items that will keep you satisfied until lunch time.Let the drive begin! The bridges listed below are a short drive from each other and will lead you towards the town of Leola for lunch.
1. Hunsecker's Mill Covered Bridge
Hunsecker's Mill Covered Bridge spans the Conestoga Creek on Hunsicker Road, and was built in 1848. It's the longest single-span covered bridge in the county, and was rebuilt in 1973 after rising waters from Hurricane Agnes.
2. Weaver's Mill Covered Bridge
This bridge spans the Conestoga Creek on Weaverland Road, and was built in 1878. It's frequently used by Amish horse and buggies, and was once called the White Hill Mill Bridge.
3. Pool Forge Covered Bridge
Pool Forge Covered Bridge spans the Conestoga Creek on the Historic Pool Forge property. It was supposedly the bridge where President James Buchanan met his fiance, who unfortunately passed away before they could marry. This bridge was once known as the Yohn's Mill Bridge and was built in 1859.
4. Bitzer's Mill Bridge
Bitzer's Mill spans the Conestoga Creek on Cats Back Road, and was once known as the Martin's Mill Bridge, Eberly's Cider Mill Bridge, and Fiantz's Mill Bridge. Built in 1846, this is the oldest in-use covered bridge in the county. In fact, because this bridge is so old, and because it rests over a shallow creek, steel "I" beams were installed under the floor to help support the foundation.
It's time for a drive around Lancaster County to see the many covered bridges the area is known for.
Once you've ventured to the first four bridges, you may be getting hungry. Nearby are two great lunch options to take a break from driving the backroads: Gracie's on West Main (serving American diner and comfort food classics from breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and Freeze and Frizz (hamburgers, BBQ, hot dogs, subs, hand-dipped and soft serve ice cream, and milkshakes).
Once you're back behind the wheel, explore these covered bridges in the afternoon.
5. Herr's Mill Covered Bridge
This bridge spans the Pequea Creek on Ronks Road, and was once known as the Soudersburg Bridge. It was built in 1844, and can no longer be driven. At 178 feet in length, this bridge is one of the few double-span, double arch covered bridges left in the United States.
6. Eshelman's Mill Covered Bridge
Eshelman's Mill Covered Bridge spans the Pequea Creek on Belmont Road. This bridge, sometimes referred to as the Paradise Bridge, was built in 1845, then rebuilt in 1893.
Nearby are two great lunch options to take a break from driving the backroads: Gracie's on West Main and Freeze and Frizz.
Before you head to the final bridges of the day, stop by one of these Strasburg restaurant options for dinner: Hershey Farm Restaurant & Inn (PA Dutch classics served buffet-style) or Fireside Tavern (cozy bar and restaurant with American-style entree, burgers and sandwiches, and more).
As the sun gets lower in the sky, head west towards the final bridges of the day as you head towards the final destination - a cozy bed & breakfast.
7. Lime Valley Covered Bridge
Lime Valley Covered Bridge spans the Pequea Creek on Brenneman Road, and was built in 1871. Originally it was known as Huntzinger's Mill Bridge, and was a twin bridge as it mirror an older bridge located near the current bridge.
8. Baumgardener's Covered Bridge
This bridge spans the Pequea Creek on Byerland Church Road, and is in a somewhat hidden location. It was rebuilt in 1987 after being damaged by floods.
A short drive away from the last bridge of the day, are two wonderful bed & breakfast options for an overnight stay.
A short drive away from the last bridge of the day, are two wonderful bed & breakfast options for an overnight stay. Pheasant Run Bed & Breakfast offers seclusion, country elegance, and a peaceful place to relax. This estate dates back to 1842, but is beautifully restored for today's guests. After a restful night, enjoy breakfast in their dining room before heading out to explore more.
French Country Manor Bed and Breakfast is unique, historic and meticulously restored from the 1800s. The amenities offered will add comfort and luxury to your visit. Take in the beautiful surroundings as you enjoy breakfast on the deck.
Lancaster County's seemingly endless rolling Amish countryside back roads and scenic trails provide a backdrop for breathtaking touring.
Experiencing Lancaster can be easy on the wallet, especially with fun and free experiences offered around the county.