Beautiful Covered Bridges of Bedford County

Kniseley Covered Bridge of Bedford County

Do you love taking photographs of covered bridges as much as me? If yes, visit Pennsylvania to see the Covered Bridges of Bedford County. They have a large number of covered bridges all within one easily accessible county. Bedford County is home to 14 covered bridges all in beautiful settings begging for you to photograph them. Kayla and I, on a recent road trip through Pennsylvania, opted to do the self-driving tour. This tour passes by and through 9 of the 14 covered bridges of Bedford County.

Kniseley Covered Bridge of Bedford County

We picked up a brochure with the driving instructions at the Bedford County Visitors Bureau. The visitor’s bureau was easy to find in their quaint downtown decorated for the Fourth of July. The gentlemen in the visitor’s center were very helpful, showing us maps of all the bridges to see and the easiest route to drive. Once we were all set with directions, we headed out to find our first covered bridge.

Claycomb Covered Bridge

Claycomb Covered Bridge in Bedford County

The Claycomb Covered Bridge is the first one on our driving tour, and you pass it on the right when you are driving into town. It is at the entrance of the Old Bedford Village, a little historic village that you can visit. This bridge moved to its current location in 1975.

Bowser Covered Bridge

Browser Covered Bridge in Bedford County

Bowser Bridge, built-in 1880 is still beautiful today, spanning Bob’s Creek. Although it is no longer used to drive over. A modern bridge is built right next to it now. There is a little parking area next to the road for you to get out and get photos.

Snooks Covered Bridge

Snooks Covered Bridge in Bedford County

Snooks Covered Bridge, built-in 1882 and refurbished in the 1990s, looks older than it should. Paint is peeling, and it has a feeling of neglect. This bridge needs some TLC from the county but still photographs well (from a distance).

Kniseley Covered Bridge

Kniseley Covered Bridge of Bedford County

Kniseley Covered Bridge is one of my favorites. It is built in the 1880s and spans Dunnings Creek. Even though the bridge is privately owned, it is in a very picturesque setting. The low walls give a great view of the creek below.

Ryot Covered Bridge

Ryot Covered Bridge of Bedford CountyRyot Covered Bridge was rebuilt in 2002 due to a previous fire. This bridge is a bit difficult to get a decent photo due to being at a high traffic intersection. Or at least the day we were there it was. But, the daring get the shot and Ryot Covered Bridge spanning over Dunnings Creek was worth it.

Cuppett Covered Bridge

Cuppett Covered Bridge of Bedford CountyCuppett Covered Bridge is one of the oldest looking bridges we saw on our tour. Built-in 1882, this is only a walk across the bridge. However, I would be careful while entering the area. Kayla saw a couple of snakes slither under the bridge when we walked up. With several trees around the bridge, this is one that should be amazing in the fall to photograph.

Colvin Covered Bridge

Colvin Covered Bridge of Bedford CountyThe Colvin Covered Bridge, built-in 1866 and refurbished in 1997, spans the Shawnee Creek. This is a narrow bridge and road leading up to it. There is a little pull off on the left side with a bit of path to walk down to get a better picture of the bridge.

Turner Covered Bridge

Turner Covered Bridge of Bedford CountyTurner Covered Bridge is another county-owned bridge that needs some TLC. This bridge is tucked back behind a farm on a gravel road so not very visible, which might explain the graffiti throughout the inside. Although at the center, you are treated to some lovely views of the creek.

Herline Covered Bridge

Herline Covered Bridge of Bedford County

Herline Covered Bridge is the longest covered bridge in Bedford County spanning 136ft. This bridge is a bit difficult to get a good shot of the whole bridge since it is right next to the houses. You will have to climb through some trees and rocks on the opposite side to capture the photo above.Inside view of Herline Covered Bridges of Bedford County The driving tour took us about an hour and a half. Like I mentioned earlier, we only saw 9 out of the 14, but these are the easiest ones to navigate. If you have more time to spend here, definitely hunt for the rest of the covered bridges of Bedford County. These covered bridges were a joy to find and shoot, and I would love to see these again in the fall to capture all the colors.

Have you photographed the Covered Bridges of Bedford County? Have you found any other covered bridges that are just as photo-worthy as these? I would love to hear where you found them.

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  • Emma Walmsley 20August2020 at 9:30 AM Reply

    I never knew there would be so many covered bridges in one location! They are beautiful, I see the appeal. Lovely, unique post!

    • Heather 22August2020 at 11:37 AM Reply

      Thank you, Emma. I’m sure there are more areas out there that have a high concentration of covered bridges. Half the fun is finding them!

  • Laureen 15August2020 at 11:47 AM Reply

    I love covered bridges! I’ve seen a few in our travels. This looks like a great destination. Adding to my list!

    • Heather 15August2020 at 12:01 PM Reply

      Laureen, Where is your favorite covered bridge?

  • Julie 14August2020 at 10:17 PM Reply

    Great post! I love the Cuppett Covered Bridge the post–minus the snakes.

    • Heather 15August2020 at 10:56 AM Reply

      Thank you, Julie! Yeah, I’m not a fan of snakes either. But, the bridge is beautiful regardless.

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