When you have a day to waste and you are within driving distance of Lancaster County you might want to take a country drive and discover the many covered bridges the county has to offer. Sometimes referred to as “kissing bridges” because of the many couples who have strolled across them over the years, Lancaster County offers more than two dozen of these architectural beauties – each with its own inviting story.
A good place to begin your daily trip is to do a little homework. Maybe sit down with a map of Lancaster County or better yet, a computer with internet access and maybe even Delorme Maps. Assuming you have internet access since you are here reading this, than you might want to check out this site offering different tours to find the bridges.
My trip began in Royalton heading south on SR441. About 5 miles or so on the left I found my first bridge. Now this one sits on private property and is no longer open to traffic. It is however a very photogenic bridge. See left.
Zigzagging across the county I ended with photographing maybe 22 bridges. Because you are in the heart of PA Dutch country it is very easy to get sidetracked and begin chasing other sites. Try to stay focused and you should be able to see at least 20 bridges. This includes time out for eating and relaxing.
And speaking of eating and relaxing you may want to plan your route around the Shady Maple Restaurant. Talk about a buffet. You will not leave hungry.
Lancaster county and the PA Dutch Country has so much more to offer and requires many one day adventures or a good week or two vacation. I am fortunate enough to live close enough to visit whenever I have the desire.
If you live within an hour’s drive than I strongly urge you to do your homework and visit Lancaster County. Not once, not twice, but as often as it takes to fully enjoy all there is to offer.
Following are some links to a three part series regarding Lancaster County and her covered bridges. These short videos were mady by Barbara Kauffman, founder of Kauffman Creative Services of Palmyra, PA. Check the links out in order. You will have to use your back arrow in your browser to come back to this page each time. Part 1: http://tinyurl.com/7x9txf6 Part 2: http://tinyurl.com/84z2jrk Part 3: http://tinyurl.com/7dffht2 … And of course you can check Barbara’s services out at http://www.kauffmancreative.com/ …
Published by Rick Backstrom