Covered Bridges in New Hampshire

I had a surprise free day today and the weather was too nice to stay home, so I took a trip up towards Conway and visited some bridges.

I started at the Whittier Bridge, also called Bearcamp Crossing. This bridge has been in bad shape for quite a while. It was closed to all traffic the last time I was here (which was years ago). I was happy to see that it’s being worked on by 3G Construction of Holderness, NH. The company is apparently run by Stan Graton II, who I believe is the third generation is his family to work on covered bridges. There were two huge steel beams which I assume will be used in the refurbishment. The bridge isn’t very pretty, but hopefully that’ll change soon.

Whittier Bridge
Whittier Bridge

Bearcamp Crossing sign
Bearcamp Crossing

My second stop was the Durgin Bridge in Sandwich. This is an old favorite of mine. In fact it’s one of the first covered bridges I ever visited, with Cynthia on our honeymoon.

The bridge is in good shape and in a rural spot, so the pictures a little easier than many other bridges.

Durgin Bridge
Durgin Bridge

Durgin Bridge
Durgin Bridge

Next was the Saco River Bridge. I always think of this as a tourist bridge. It’s right in Conway and very well maintained. It’s better photographed in the morning I think, but I got a couple okay shots.

Saco River Bridge
Saco River Bridge

Saco River Bridge
Saco River Bridge

A very short drive from there is the Swift River Bridge. Also very well maintained, but a bit difficult to photograph.

Swift River Bridge
Swift River Bridge

Swift River Bridge
Swift River Bridge

On my way to the next bridge I passed Heritage New Hampshire which has an outdoor exhibit of a very small covered bridge. If I remember correctly this was built for some festival on the Mall in DC several years ago. It not in a picturesque spot, but I grabbed a couple shots.

Heritage NH Bridge close up
Heritage NH Bridge

Heritage NH Bridge
Heritage NH Bridge

Next was the Honeymoon Bridge in Jackson. Another heavily travelled and well maintained bridge. It might be perfect if it weren’t for the power lines.

Honeymoon Bridge and motorcycle
Honeymoon Bridge

Honeymoon Bridge
Honeymoon Bridge

The last stop was the Bartlett Bridge. This on is really surrounded by trees making the light difficult, especially later in the day. This one might be best in cloudy weather.

Bartlett Bridge
Bartlett Bridge

Inside the Bartlett Bridge
Bartlett Bridge