For a picture postcard perfect RV vacation this Autumn, why not enjoy both the Fall foliage and the covered bridges of New England? A journey to the historic bridges of one (or all) of the New England States gets a big boost of color in Autumn. Pack your bags as we journey East on an RV vacation to visit the covered bridges of New England.
Where Exactly is “New England?”
Unless you’re from the region, you may be confusing which Eastern states make up “New England.” This wonderfully scenic region consists of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. It also encompasses some of the most scenic backroads in America, and that’s where you’ll find the fabled covered bridges of New England.
Where Will I Find New England’s Covered Bridges?
Connecticut’s Covered Bridges: This state has a nice collection of covered bridges waiting to be viewed, photographed and remembered by RV travelers. Here are some of the most popular you’ll want to be sure to visit:
- Bulls Bridge over the Housatonic River near Kent
- Comstock Bridge near Colchester, over the Salmon River
- Huckleberry Hill Bridge in Avon, CT
- Kent Falls Covered Bridge in Kent Falls State Park (especially good place for leaf peeping!)
- West Cornwall Covered Bridge, also over the Housatonic River
Maine’s Covered Bridges: Get ready to burn up those camera batteries! Maine has an amazing variety of historic covered bridges—here are some favorites of RV travelers:
- Artist’s Bridge near New Bethel
- Hemlock Bridge near Fryeburg, ME
- Lowes Bridge south of Guilford Village
- Robyville Bridge, Robyville Village, Corinth
- Watson Settlement Bridge over Meduxnekeag Stream near Littleton, ME
For more information on Maine’s picturesque covered wooden bridges, go to Maine’s DOT website.
Massachusetts Covered Bridges: You’ll definitely want to take a journey to Massachusetts when the leaves are turning, because they’ll form the most splendid backdrop imaginable for your covered bridge photos. The view is spectacular at Bissell Bridge near Charlemont, MA, Pumping Station Bridge over the Green River in Franklin County and the Upper Sheffield Bridge over the Housatonic in Berkshire County. You’ll also want to schedule time on your RV trip to see the Old Slab Bridge in Bristol County and the Sylacin Trust Bridge in Danvers. These are just a few of the picturesque spans in Massachusetts. For a complete listing by county, see DaleJ.Travis.com.
New Hampshire Covered Bridges: Because New Hampshire has so many covered bridges, it’s easiest to tell you where to find information for the areas you’d like to visit! NHLiving.com offers comprehensive information about New Hampshire covered bridges by region. Just a taste—the White Mountains Region is home to more than a dozen historic bridges, like the Swiftwater Bridge over the Wild Ammonoosuc River and the Haverhill-Bath Covered Bridge in Woodsville. In the state’s Great North Woods Region, you’ll find beautifully restored bridges such as the Happy Corners Bridge near Pittsburg Village. No matter which areas you choose to visit in New Hampshire, you’re sure to find charming covered bridges to explore.
Rhode Island Covered Bridges: There’s a fascinating story behind Rhode Island’s only covered bridge! The Swamp Meadow Covered Bridge in Foster, RI was built (twice!) by volunteers in homage to the state’s dismantled covered bridges. Be sure to stop by this bridge and learn about the dedication and generosity of Rhode Island residents hoping to build a monument to history.
Vermont’s Covered Bridges: Did you know there’s a single county in Vermont that’s home to five historic covered bridges? From the Silk Bridge, built around 1840, to West Arlington Bridge, found near a popular Inn, Bennington County, VT is a must-see on your RV vacation to visit New England’s covered bridges. FoliageVermont.com has a full listing of covered bridges and leaf-peeping tours in the Green Mountain State.
RV Camping Along the Way
So, we’ve made it through our tour of New England, armed with some new information about where to find the area’s covered bridges. Now, how to find the best RV camping? Here’s are some links to New England campground directories.
- Connecticut RV Campgrounds
- Maine RV Campgrounds
- Massachusetts RV Campgrounds
- New Hampshire RV Campgrounds
- Rhode Island RV Campgrounds
- Vermont RV Campgrounds
Some Other Helpful Resources
Plan your route and hit the back roads of New England this Autumn for some unforgettable leaf peeping and the chance to visit many memorable covered bridges on one trip.