Get Out and About On a Vermont Covered Bridges Driving Tour!

April 14th, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Enjoy a Vermont Covered Bridges Driving TourVermont is known for its covered bridges, boasting more than 100 of them, big and small. The Woodstock area is no exception. Consequently, it’s very easy to plan out and enjoy a covered bridges driving tour with our Woodstock B&B as your home base!

The covered bridges of Vermont are picturesque and often historic masterpieces of Yankee ingenuity. Their beauty naturally draws the eye – and the curious! Getting out on a covered bridges driving tour in Vermont is a wonderful way to spend the day and, in many parts of the state, incredibly easy, too.

Woodstock, VT is not only surrounded by covered bridges, we even have a couple right here in town! As a result, we’ve created a list of covered bridges within an hour of our Vermont B&B. A list that includes the longest two-span covered bridge in the world: the Windsor-Cornish Bridge!

Woodstock Vermont Covered Bridges Driving Tour

Lincoln Covered Bridge
2709 W Woodstock Rd, Woodstock, VT 05091
The Lincoln Bridge is two minutes up US-4/Woodstock Road from Deer Brook Inn! The bridge is 136 feet long, was built in 1877, and spans the Ottaquechee River.

Woodstock's own Middle Bridge Covered Bridge - Vermont Covered Bridges Tour

Woodstock’s own Middle Bridge

Middle Covered Bridge
Woodstock, VT 05091
Middle Bridge is also in Woodstock and just further along US-4 (NE). This 139 foot-long bridge was totally rebuilt in 1969 and also spans the Ottaquechee River.

Taftsville Covered Bridge
Taftsville, VT 05091
The Taftsville Bridge is another 10 minutes or so up US-4 from Middle Bridge. This bridge is 189 foot long with a stone pier near midspan. This bridge was built in 1836, making it one of the oldest covered bridges in Vermont. It, too, spans the Ottaquechee River.

Quechee Covered Bridge
4 Waterman Hill Rd, White River Junction, VT 05001
Continue along US-4 for around 3.5 miles (5.6 km) until you come to Waterman Hill Road. Take a left on Waterman Hill Road towards the Ottaquechee and you’ll soon see the 70 foot long steel span of Quechee Bridge. This bridge was built in 1970.

Don’t miss Simon Pearce while you’re here! Their flagship store/restaurant is right here in a restored 19th-century mill, overlooking a waterfall on the Ottaquechee. Don’t miss visiting them while you’re in the area.

Martins Mill Covered Bridge
Hartland, VT 05048
Head back from the Quechee Bridge across US4 and onto Quechee Hartland Road/SR-4. Stay on SR4 for around 8 miles (12.5 km) then take a left on VT-12 S. Follow this onto US-5 N, then keep your eyes peeled for Martinsville Road, coming up very shortly on your right. Follow the Martinsville Road to the Martins Mill or Martinsville Covered Bridge. This is a 135 foot long bridge was built in 1881 and spans Lull’s Brook.

Willard Twin Covered Bridges
North Hartland, VT 05052
Head back up Martinsville Road to US-5 N. Stay on US-5 N for a little over 4 miles (6.5 km) until you see Mill Street on your right. Follow Mill Street until you come to the first of the Willards Twin Covered Bridges. This is the newer bridge, built in 2001 and about 80 foot long. You should be able to clearly see the original Willard Covered Bridge, which was built in 1870 and is 128 feet long.

The Windsor-Cornish Covered Bridge - Vermont Covered Bridges Tour

The Windsor-Cornish Covered Bridge

Windsor-Cornish Covered Bridge
Cornish, NH 03745
Navigate back to US-5 and head south. Stay on US-5 for about 9.5 miles (15 km), until you come to Bridge Street. Take a left and follow this for a short while, until you come to the Connecticut River and The Windsor-Cornish Bridge: the longest covered bridges in the United States! The Windsor-Cornish Bridge is a two span, 460 foot long covered bridge that was built in 1866. The bridge crosses over the Connecticut River into New Hampshire.

Take US-5 N to VT-12 N, then onto US-4 W to make your way back to your Woodstock, VT home away from home, Deer Brook Inn.

Covered Bridges Driving Tour

There was endless temptation to keep adding bridges onto this list. From each bridge profiled, it seems, there is another covered bridge just 5 to 20 minutes away.

When you stay at Deer Brook Inn for your Vermont vacation, we’ll do the best we can to help you make the most of it!