Vermont is known for its picture-perfect covered bridges and Woodstock, in particular, has a number of them.
There are four covered bridges in Woodstock VT – each with their own unique personality and history. While three are within the town of Woodstock, one is just a few minutes drive away.
Starting in the east, not far from Route 4, Quechee Covered Bridge is in the neighboring town of Quechee and serves as an entrance to the town with a gorgeous view of the town’s waterfall on the left.
Next, going west along Route 4, is the Taftsville Covered Bridge, perhaps one of the best-known covered bridges in Vermont with its vibrant red color that spans the Ottauquechee River.
Within the center of Woodstock, also along Route 4, is Middle Covered Bridge. While having been built in 1969 is the youngest, Middle Bridge still exudes traditional charm.
And finally, the Lincoln Covered Bridge is the westernmost bridge, forming a connection between Route 4 and Bridges Road and Fletcher Hill Road.
Visiting at least a few of the covered bridges in Woodstock VT is worth it during a visit! The following provides additional history and insights into these bridges.
Taftsville Covered Bridge
Just an eight-minute drive from downtown Woodstock, the Taftsville Covered Bridge stands as one of the oldest in the nation, built in 1836.
Spanning the Ottauquechee River, this wooden landmark, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is both vehicle and pedestrian-friendly. It stretches 189 feet and reflects a craftsman tradition influenced by Swiss designs.
Originally constructed after a series of floods washed away its predecessors, the bridge faced further challenges during Hurricane Irene in 2011. Fortunately, Taftsville Bridge was skillfully restored and reopened in September 2013.
During the fall foliage season, the red exterior of Taftsville Covered Bridge creates a picturesque scene, making it a must-visit for tourists and photographers alike.
Middle Covered Bridge
Nestled steps away from Woodstock’s Village Green is Middle Covered Bridge, spanning the Ottaquechee River.
Constructed in 1969 by Milton S. Graton and his sons, this bridge replaced an 1877 iron structure, becoming the second newest wooden covered bridge in the state.
Despite its youth, Middle Covered Bridge exudes traditional character, employing the Town lattice truss style and traditional construction methods, including wooden pegs instead of nails.
Visitors can explore both the inside and outside, appreciating the bridge’s timeless appeal and its unique history of being pulled across the river by oxen after construction.
Quechee Covered Bridge
In the charming village of Quechee, the Quechee Covered Bridge stands as a picturesque gem, adding to the area’s allure.
Spanning the Ottauquechee River, this historic bridge is an entrance to the town allowing both vehicles and pedestrians to cross.
Built in 1970 to replace a structure damaged by Tropical Storm Irene, it seamlessly blends modern resilience with traditional charm.
Tourists often enjoy a leisurely stroll across the bridge. Looking out from the pedestrian walk, one can take in the scenic beauty of the waterfall and river below. Also in the distance is the Simon Pearce flagship, a renowned glass-blowing and pottery store.
Lincoln Covered Bridge
The Lincoln Covered Bridge was built in 1877, by R.W. Pinney and B.H. Pinney as a way to cross the Ottauquechee River from Route 4 to Bridges Road and Fletcher Hill Road.
This one-lane structure is 136 feet long and the only surviving wooden example of the Pratt truss design. This design was later commonly used for steel bridges.
An update, in 1989, strengthened the structure and included the addition of skylights to the metal roof. Made of translucent corrugated polyvinyl material, these skylights allow natural light into the otherwise dark interior.
About Kerry Flatley
Kerry Flatley has lived in New England for the past 26 years. She has roots in Maine & Massachusetts, family in New Hampshire, and grew up close to the Connecticut border. She loves all that this region has to offer – the ocean, mountains, islands, history, villages, and cities. When she’s not writing about New England, she’s relaxing at home in the Boston suburbs with her two teenage daughters and husband.