Covered bridges in Vermont connect the Green Mountain State's history to its scenery, creating one of New England's most iconic images. Vermont is home to more authentic covered bridges than anywhere else in the United States, and many of them are designated historical monuments. Explore these fascinating structures by visiting them firsthand during your next trip to southern Vermont.
High Mowing Farm Bridge, Wilmington
The closest covered bridge to Wilmington is also one of the newest “authentic” covered bridges in southern Vermont. Even though it was only built in 1949 – more than 60 years after most of the rest on our list – the High Mowing Farm Bridge still uses traditional construction methods, most importantly the signature trusses that make a covered bridge authentic. This bridge crosses the small Stowe Creek and measures just 21 feet long. Note that the bridge lies on private land, meaning you can’t drive across it. That said, it is easily viewed from the road and there is plenty of parking on the shoulder, making this a great place to begin your Vermont covered bridge tour.
Green River Bridge, Guilford
This bridge outside of Guilford provides a 104-foot span across the Green River in southern Vermont. Open to the public and vehicular traffic, the Green River Bridge is an excellent example of historic town lattice truss construction. The bridge was originally built in 1870 by Marcus Worden, and today the bridge is owned and preserved by the town of Guilford. Interestingly, the bridge also houses a number of the town’s mailboxes, which you can see held between the trusses inside the bridge.
Creamery Bridge, Brattleboro
Though it isn’t open to vehicles, the Creamery Bridge in Brattleboro is one of the most beautiful examples of a covered bridge in Vermont. The Creamery Bridge is approximately 80 feet long and 16 feet wide, and it was built in 1879 by the town of Brattleboro. Today it is the town’s only remaining covered bridge, giving it a special significance to the town and to visitors alike. You may enjoy following the footpath across the Creamery Bridge and down to Living Memorial park, Brattleboro’s largest park and home to several bike trails and a public swimming pool.
Dummerston Bridge, Dummerston
If you’re only going to see one covered bridge in Vermont, this isn’t a bad choice. The longest drivable covered bridge in the state at 280 feet in length, the Dummerson Bridge is a remarkable achievement in engineering and preservation. The bridge was originally built in 1872, and it has not been significantly altered in the 140 years since. This Vermont covered bridge is definitely a must-see for any enthusiast.
Henry, Silk, and Paper Mill Bridges, Bennington
Our final covered bridge is actually three – the Henry Bridge, Silk Bridge, and Paper Mill Bridge in Bennington, Vermont. All three of these Vermont covered bridges are sterling examples, in part because the town recently rebuilt all three. Each bridge, though, is interesting in its own right. The Henry Bridge, for instance, was widely known to be the strongest covered bridge in Vermont due to its double-truss construction, while the Silk Bridge is one of the oldest in the state with its original construction in 1840. If you want to see a variety of bridges in a short time, the three Bennington bridges are a perfect way to do just that.
Another benefit of these covered bridges in southern Vermont is they are just a short drive away from the comfortable and spacious Vermont rental houses at Chimney Hill. Located just outside Wilmington, you’ll find it easy to get to all the bridges and have plenty of time for pictures and sightseeing too!