Throughout Lehigh Valley, you’ll find historic architecture and scenic views everywhere you turn. The next time you stay at The Lafayette Inn, take a day to experience the Lehigh Valley Covered Bridge Tour. These historic covered bridges are popular with artists, photographers, tourists, and locals alike. This leisurely tour is a self-led driving tour that can be enjoyed at any time of the year.
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Discover the Lehigh Valley Covered Bridge Tour
Go back in time and experience the Lehigh Valley Covered Bridge Tour. It features seven gorgeous covered bridges, five of which are still open to traffic. The tour is approximately 50 miles long and features various spots to stop and take photos and enjoy a lovely picnic. The drive starts in the city of Allentown, which is only about 30 minutes from The Lafayette Inn.
Historic Covered Bridges You’ll Find on the Tour
1. Bogert’s Bridge
Bogert’s Bridge is one of the oldest covered bridges in the region and the nation. The original structure dated to the 1700s and was built entirely of wood and did not contain one nail to hold this impressive structure together. The bridge spanned over Little Lehigh Creek and was open to traffic, but after a truck damaged the bridge in 1956, local citizens saved the bridge from destruction, and the city closed it to vehicular traffic. Today, it is a popular spot for fishing and is a historical attraction in Allentown’s Lehigh Parkway.
2. Manasses Guth Bridge
The original Manasses Guth Bridge was built in 1858 and was tragically destroyed by a fire. Thankfully, it was rebuilt in 1882. The bridge rests on stone and mortar abutments and crosses over the Jordan Creek. Although it’s unknown who the original builder of the bridge was, when it was rebuilt, it was named for Manassas Guth, who lived in a nearby farmhouse and was a descendent of Lorentz Guth, the first settler in the area in 1745.
3. Wehr’s Covered Bridge
Wehr’s Covered Bridge was built in 1841 and was once the site of a stone gristmill and a concrete dam. Today, families enjoy picnicking at the nearby park and fishing for trout in the Jordan Creek under the bridge. The bridge is surrounded by breathtaking scenery and is a popular location for romantic dates and wedding photos.
4. Rex’s Covered Bridge
Rex’s Covered Bridge’s history is lesser known than some of the other bridges, but it’s believed that the structure was named after the Rex family, who were well-known local landowners at the time. Since then, the original stone walls have been covered with cement and painted white to give you the picturesque bridge you see today.
5. Geiger’s Covered Bridge
This large structure is located on the eastern side of the Trexler-Lehigh County Game Preserve, and its high fencing is visible from the road. The unusual stepped portal design was built in 1860 and distinguishes it from other bridges in the area. Long ago, a pipe ran across the bridge, which fed water to nearby orchards and farms from Jordan Creek. Remnants of the pumping apparatus remain on the side of Geiger’s Bridge.
6. Schlicher’s Covered Bridge
The Schlicher Covered Bridge was built in 1882 and is surrounded by Trexler-Lehigh County Game Preserve, giving it the nickname of the “deer pen bridge.” The preserve was constructed to protect and raise bison, elk, and deer. Today, deer can often be seen grazing along the road and near the bridge.
7. Kreidersville Covered Bridge
As you’re traveling through Lehigh Valley to explore the covered bridges, you’ll want to be sure to see the oldest covered bridge in Lehigh Valley and one of the oldest in the state—Kreidersville Covered Bridge. It was built in 1839 and is the only remaining covered bridge in Northampton County. This bridge crosses over the Hokendauqua Creek and is the Covered Bridge Festival site, which is held every two years in early June.
End Your Day at The Lafayette Inn
After your adventure-filled day, retreat to The Lafayette Inn in Easton, PA, for a restful night of sleep. Our luxurious bed and breakfast offers plush beds, gorgeous antique furnishings, excellent amenities, and delicious homemade breakfast. Plus, our convenient location keeps you close to all the best things to do in the area.
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