Covered Bridges

At the height of the covered-bridge craze, there were more than 10,000 of these graceful, functional structures in the United States. Masterpieces of 19th-century engineering, covered bridges were romantic even when they were commonplace. Their design strategically concealed many a kiss in the days of horse-and-buggy courtships.

Now that covered bridges have grown scarce—only about 750 remain in the U.S.—their allure has only intensified. New Hampshire is fortunate to claim 54 of the survivors, a remarkable collection of covered bridges that has stood the test of time. Even Blow-Me-Down Bridge in Cornish is still standing. It's overshadowed, though, by the Cornish–Windsor Bridge, which stretches 449 feet and 5 inches across the Connecticut River, linking Cornish, New Hampshire, with Windsor, Vermont. It's the longest 19th-century covered bridge in America, a fixture since 1866.

Each of New Hampshire's covered bridges is distinct, and each has a story to tell. You can get to know all 54 and plan a scenic driving tour with this New Hampshire Covered Bridges guide. Because of their meticulous construction and connection to New Hampshire's past, covered bridges were the first type of historic structure specifically protected by state law in New Hampshire. Many of our bridges have now earned a spot on the National Register of Historic Places.