While researching things to do in Allentown this past week, I came across a great document on a Covered Bridge Tour in the Lehigh Valley.
There are over 200 covered bridges remaining in Pennsylvania, and seven of them are in the Lehigh Valley. All were within 10 miles of where I started my journey, but I made it to just three this day. Five of the seven of these bridges are still open to vehicular traffic. Two of the three I visited I was able to drive across!
The first I came to was Bogart’s Bridge. This bridge was built in 1841, and after a truck damaged it in 1956 it was closed to traffic. The park area around the bridge is a beautiful place to spend a day. The Little Lehigh which the bridge crosses is one of the areas best places for trout fishing.
Next I traveled down Cedar Crest Blvd and found the Manasses Guth Bridge. This one is still open to traffic The sounds of the car tires driving across the planks is quite a distinctive sound! The original bridge was built in 1858, and partially rebuilt after a fire in 1882. The bridge crosses the Jordan River and is near one of the entrances to Covered Bridge Park.
The last bridge I decided to visit is just a short distance from the Manasses Guth Bridge, on the other side of the Covered Bridge Park. This is the Wehr’s Covered Bridge. This bridge was also built in 1841, and is open to vehicular traffic.
That concludes my little tour of the bridges. This tour is well marked on the surrounding roads with red covered bridge tour signs. I will head back up there in the near future and find the other four bridges. I have to think they all might be quite beautiful in the fall as well!