I was totally excited when I learned there are covered bridges in Perry County, PA. As a matter of fact, there are fourteen of them [sort of :-(] all originally built before 1919 and most of them built in the middle to late 1880's. My bridge source is Pennsylvania Covered Bridges / Perry County.
Posted here is our trip to the fourteen bridges with directions on how to make the 105 mile round in a single day trip. We started in Loysville because that is where we currently live, but one could start at any point along the way and complete the circuit. We found a spot to pull off the road at each of the bridges so as not to block through traffic. I think the best time to visit the bridges would be during the height of fall color in October as most of the trip is through Appalachian Mountains.
Our first stop was Rice Bridge south of Landisburg.
Take highway 850 south from Loysville to Landisburg Square (intersection of 850 and 233). Continue south on Bridgeport Road for 460 feet and turn right (west) on Kennedy Valley Road.
Arrive at Rice Bridge in about half a mile.
Rice Bridge, a drive through, is 132 feet long, 18 feet wide, and was built in 1869.
The second stop was Dellville Bridge.
If all you want to do is see the bridges, turn around and drive back to Landisburg Square. Turn right (east) and follow 850 all the way to 34 just north of Sherman's
If you want to extend your drive through some beautiful Pennsylvania mountain side, continue southwest on Kennedy Valley Road. You can turn left (south) on Barkley Road in 1.9 miles or continue on to McCabe Raod in 2.8 miles.
Turn left (east) on McCabe road and contine east back to Bridgeport Road. It's 2 miles from the Barkley Road junction and 2.9 miles from the Kennedy Vally Road junction.
Turn left (north) on Bridgeport Road back to Landisburg Square and follow 805 right (east) to 34 just north of Sherman's Dale. It's 6.5 miles from Landisburg Square to the 34 junction.
Turn left (northeast) on highway 34.
Drive 3.8 miles to the 34/274/2002 junction.
Turn righ (really continue straight) onto East 274 and immediately right agian (south) on 2002 - Dellville Road.
Follow Dellville Road south 2.2 miles to Pine Hill Road.
You can drive up to the bridge by driving a half mile more to Dugans Mill Road and Covered Bridge Lane. Or you can cross Sherman's Creek on Pine Hill Road.
You will see the tragic remains of Dellville Bridge which was destroyed by arson in 2014.
Dellville Bridge was built in 1889 and is 174 feet long and 20 feet wide. There are Perry County plans to rebuild this bridge.
We started our tour at around 11:00 AM with the plan to have a picnic lunch at Little Buffalo State Park and the home of Clay's Bridge.
Drive north on Dellville Road merging with East 34 and proceeding to New Bloomfield.
At the Monument in downtown New Bloomfield turn right (east) and continue on 34 to State Park Road (1 and 3/4 miles).
Turn left (north) on State Park Road to Little Buffalo State Park. Turn left (west) into the park and park at the picnic grounds below the dam.
Follow directions to the Clay's Bridge. Shoaff's Grist Mill is also at this location.
Clay bridge was origianlly built in 1890 a mile west of its current location and is 82 feet long and 15 feet wide.
A beautiful drive along Middle Ridge Road took us to Newport through which we arrived at Fliesher's Bridge.
Turn left (north) on State Park Road when leaving the park. Continue straight north through the intesection with Highway 1040 to Middle Ridge Road (about 1 mile from park entrance).
Turn right (east) on Middle Ridge Road all the way to Newport.
In downtown Newport, turn left (north) on route 849. 849 will turn west on the north edge of town. Do not turn.
Continue north on North 4th Street for about a half mile to Fairground Road.
Turn left (west) on Fairground Road.
Follow Fairground Road to the bridge. Note: at 6/10 of the mile the road turns south and becomes Trout Avenue. Do not turn south. Continue straight down what looks like a country lane for 4/10 of a mile to the bridge.
Fleisher's Bridge is 125 feet long and 17 feet wide. It was built in 1887.
Another beautiful drive east took us to the next bridge, Red Bridge just west of Liverpool.
Return to Newport via Fairground Road and North 4th Street.
Turn left (east) on route 34 and cross the Juniata River.
Coninue on East 34 for about 2.9 miles. The road curves north at which point you will exit on Mountain Road before 34 turns east again.
Follow Mountain Road for 9/10 of a mile to Old Hollow Road. There is no road sign, but turn right (east) at the stop sign.
Stay on Old Hollow Road / Rt 1040 to the intersection with Perry Valley Road.
Turn right (east) on Perry Valley Road.
Follow Perry Valley Road 2.2 miles to Red Bridge Road / Rt 1005.
You will see the bridge 2/10 of a mile north on Red Bridge Road.
The area around the north side of the bridge is mowed for walking access. Entrace into the bridge is barricated. Red bridge was built in 1886 and is 55 feet long and 15 feet wide.
Our longest drive was to Saville Bridge, but the drive is quintisential Pennsylvania mountain farm country and well worth the trip.
Continue north on Red Bridge Road which becomes Rt 17 at Toad Hollow Road 1 and 1/3 miles north of the bridge.
Stay on Rt 17 through Millerstown and all the way to Ickesburg (20 1/2 miles).
Conitinue through Ickesburg on Rt 17 for about 3/10 of a mile.
As you leave Ickesburg, Rt 17 continues to the left at a "Y" with Liberty Valley Road.
Turn right on Liberty Valley Road for 2.4 miles to Seville.
Turn left (south) on Covered Bridge Road / Rt 4001 and proceed to Saville Bridge.
The drive-through Saville Bridge is 60 feet long and 17 feet wide and was built in 1903.
Kochenderfer's Bridge is a short 1.2 mile drive south of Saville Bridge.
Continue south on Covered Bridge Road / Rt 4001 to Rt 17.
Turn right (west) and then immediately left (south) on Fritz Road.
Kockenderfer's Bridge is off the road with a paved approach a mile south of Rt 17.
Kochenderfer's Bridge is 71 feet long and 18 feet wide. It was built in 1919.
The rest of the bridges on our tour are along Sherman Creek mostly south of Rt 274.
Return to Rt 17 and turn left (west). Continue on Rt 17 9.5 miles to Blain.
There is a considerable population of Amish in the Blain area, so be on the lookout for their horse pulled buggies on the highways.
Turn right (west) on Rt 274 and drive 2.7 miles to New Germantown.
Turn left (south) on Rt 302 / Lower Buck Ridge Road.
Arrive at New Germantown Bridge in less than 2/10 of a mile.
New Germantown Bridge was built in 1891 and is 72 feet long and 12 feet wide.
Return to Rt 274 in New Germantown and turn right (east) on Rt 274.
Drive 1.2 miles to Mt. Pleasant Road / Rt T304.
Turn right (south) on Mt. Pleasant Road and find Mt. Pleasant Bridge in less than a mile and a half.
Mt. Pleasant Bridge was built in 1918 and is 60 feet long and 17 feet wide.
Return to Rt 274 and turn right (east).
Drive 1.2 miles to 3 Spring Road and turn right (south).
You will find Book's Bridge in about one and a half miles.
You can drive through Book's Bridge which was built in 1884 and is 70 feet long and 17 feet wide.
To get to Enslow Bridge, you will return to Blain via Rt 274.
Drive back north to Rt 274 and turn right (east) to Blain.
Continue through Blain south and then east on Rt 274.
As you exit Blain, turn right (south) on Manassah Road.
Continue south on Manassah Road for about 8/10 of a mile to Elsie Circle.
Turn left onto Elsie Circle and follow for less than 2/10 of a mile to Adams Grove Road.
Turn left (east) on Adams Grove Road and drive about 2/10 of a mile to Enslow Bridge.
There is a concrete bypass through Sherman Creek for overweight traffic to the north of the bridge.
110 foot long and 16 foot wide Enslow Bridge was built in 1904.
To get to Bistline Bridge, drive through Enslow Bridge and continue left (north) on Adams Grove Road for a half mile.
Turn right (east) on Red Rock Road.
Follow Red Rock Road around the sharp right turn (south) and curve left (east) to Bistline Bridge Road (just over 1.5 miles).
Bistline Bridge is to the right (south) on Bistline Road.
You will drive through 96 foot long and 13.5 foot wide Bistline Bridge built in 1871 as we continue our tour to Adair's Bridge.Drive through Bistline Bridge and keep left at Moose Road on Bistline Bridge Road for 9/10 of a mile from the bridge to Couchtown Road.
Turn left (east) on Counchtown Road and drive northeast and north on Couchtown Road for just over three and a half miles to Adair's Bridge.
Watch for Amish horse drawn buggies in this area as there are a number of Amish families living along Couchtown Road.
Drive-through Adair's Bridge is 150 feet long and 14 feet wide and was built in 1864.
Only Waggoner's Bridge remains now on our tour of the 14 covered bridges of Perry County, PA.
Drive through Adair's Bridge.
There is a big yellow turn arrow pointing left (west) just north of Adair's Bridge on Couchtown Road. Turn right at the arrow on Lyons Road.
When you get to Rt 274, turn right (east) and continue east for just over 2 7/10 miles.
You can see Waggoner's Bridge from Rt 274. There is an access road to the bridge, however the bridge is privately owned and "No tresspass" signs are posted at the bridge.
Turn left (north) onto the access road to the bridge.
Waggoner's Bridge was built in 1889 and is 84 feet long and 17 feet wide.
A left turn onto Rt 274 will lead you a mile back into Loysville where our tour concludes.
Again, we started our day in Loysville becasue that is where we live. However, this tour can begin at any of the points along the way and continue in the prescribed round trip. We started our trip at 11 AM, had about a one hour stop for lunch, and were home by 4 PM.