A drive through Columbia and Montour Counties in eastern Pennsylvania will inevitably lead you to a covered bridge or two. At over 25 covered bridges within these two counties, they easily outrank almost any other region in the nation. So when you stay at the Inn at Turkey Hill, you’ll want to make sure to take the time to see some of these rustic, timeless structures and the history they represent.
You may wonder why these bridges were designed the way they were. There are lots of theories that could explain the reasons that engineers created covers for bridges and several of them are detailed by the Columbia-Montour Visitor’s Bureau:
- They can help ease anxiety for animals crossing over the bridge.
- They protect the structure of the bridge during winter weather.
- They provide a safe haven for travelers during storms
- They look pretty!
Check Out These Bridges
Unless you’re on a mission to see all the bridges in Columbia and Montour Counties, you’ll want to narrow your choices down to a few good ones to seek out. Here are our recommended bridges close to the Inn at Turkey Hill:
- Wanich Covered Bridge—This bridge is located on a peaceful spot along Fishing Creek and includes a swimming hole that you can enjoy during the warmer months. It was built in 1844 and features a Burr Arch design.
- Sam Wagner Covered Bridge—Also known as the Gottlieb Brown Covered Bridge, this bridge spans over 86 feet, features a Burr Arch design, and crosses over the Chilisquaque Creek.
- Rupert Covered Bridge—This restored bridge is still fairly trafficked, as it has a new, weight-bearing structure underneath. It was built in 1847, making it the oldest bridge in Columbia County, PA.
- Esther Furnace Covered Bridge—Named after the Esther Iron Smelting Furnace of 1817, this bridge passes over Roaring Creek, features the Queen Post Truss design, and has a roof made of tarred metal.
- Hollingshead Covered Bridge—Built in 1851, this bridge is named for the owner of a nearby mill, features the Burr Arch design, and was restored in 1999.
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Sight-seeing in Bloomsburg and eastern Pennsylvania is an easy, socially-distant way to enjoy a relaxing getaway. Start your journey off with a gourmet breakfast at the Inn at Turkey Hill and see where the road takes you!