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Covered Bridges of Lancaster County, PA

One of the popular symbols of Lancaster County is the covered bridge. One of the first covered bridges in America was built here. While covered bridges have all but disappeared from the American landscape, you will still find 28 intact covered bridges in Lancaster County, PA.

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Pennsylvania is often recognized as the birthplace of covered bridge building. From the 1820s to 1900 there were about 1500 covered bridges built in Pennsylvania. Because many state residents realize the importance of these historic bridges, Pennsylvania has the largest number of covered bridges in the nation. Today, 219 bridges remain in 40 counties (Pennsylvania has a total of 67 counties). Lancaster County has more than any other county.

While covered bridges are sometimes called kissing bridges, the real reason for the covering is to protect the bridge’s truss design from the weather.

The longest covered bridge in the world was built in Lancaster County in 1814. It crossed the Susquehanna River between Columbia and Wrightsville, a distance of over a mile (5,960 feet). Ice and high water destroyed it in 1832.

Covered Bridge Tours in Lancaster County, PA

Strasburg Scooters

246 N. Decatur Street,   Strasburg, PA 17579,   717-344-2488

Enjoy our guided covered bridge tour of Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Hop onto a 50cc scooter and discover 19th century covered bridges with an experienced guide. This tour offers exceptional views of the countryside, including Amish farms and schoolhouses, and an insightful look at some of Lancaster County’s oldest covered bridges.  Visit website