Located in Pennsylvania’s southwestern corner, Greene County is one of the least-visited corners of the state. However, for those that love covered bridges, this is a great destination as there are seven well-maintained and historic covered bridges in the county.
These seven bridges are some of the most rural covered bridges you’ll find in the state, especially those on the western side of I-79. In fact, some of the roads that you’ll traverse to see these four bridges can be quite narrow, with relatively high speed limits, and steep drop offs.
These roads are definitely some of the craziest public roads I’ve traveled in all of Pennsylvania. Because of this, I would not recommend this trip if there is any chance of ice or snow on the roads.
However, for those that do make the trip, these four covered bridges are some of the most scenic in the state, and a visit is well worth it for those that love to visit covered bridges in Pennsylvania.
The bridges below are listed in a logical clockwise loop from Waynesburg, the county seat of Greene County. Should you want to only visit a handful of covered bridges, utilizing I-79 allows you to cut your trip down to only a few stops.
Lippincott Covered Bridge
Lippincott Covered Bridge (also known as Cox Farm Covered Bridge) is located fairly close to the county seat of Waynesburg, but is still in a very rural part of the state.
The bridge was built in 1943, making it one of the newest historical covered bridges in the state. It was built out of wood instead of steel due to a lack of steel during World War 2. The bridge appears to have been completely rebuilt in 2013, giving it a very polished look.
The bridge crosses over Ruff Creek and is only 27 feet long, making it the shortest covered bridge I’ve come across in Pennsylvania. However, despite its length, this is a beautiful bridge.
The area around it is quite scenic, despite being located just off a fairly busy road. In fact, when I visited, a handful of cars pulled up to get photos of high schoolers on their way to prom.
Getting There: Getting to Lippincott Covered Bridge is quite simple and is a short easy drive from downtown Waynesburg. The bridge is located at the following coordinates: 39.943250, -80.125882.
There is ample room for cars to pull off alongside the road on the far side of the bridge facing towards Lippencott Road.
Carmichaels Covered Bridge
Carmichaels Covered Bridge is located next to the small downtown area of Carmichaels, Pennsylvania. In fact, unlike many covered bridges in the state, this bridge is surrounded by modern homes as opposed to rural farmland.
This certainly gives it a unique feel, and I found myself a bit jealous of the people who own homes next to the bridge.
Carmichaels Covered Bridge was built in 1889 and stretches 64 feet over Muddy Creek. The bridge has a very beautiful white picket fencing running up to it, as opposed to the concrete walls you usually see.
Visiting Carmichaels Covered Bridge is a bit tricky because it’s surrounded by homes. While I didn’t see any private property signs, it is obvious that the land surrounding the bridge is owned by those homeowners. If you visit, keep this in mind when checking out the bridge.
If you find yourself hungry while visiting Carmichaels Covered Bridge, I quite enjoyed my meal at The Hartley Inn located less then a mile away in the middle of Carmichaels.
Getting There: The bridge itself is easy enough to find, tucked away just outside the heart of Carmichaels, Pennsylvania. It is located at the following coordinates: 39.898579, -79.977233.
However, there is nowhere to park next to the bridge as it is surrounded by homes. The best place to park seems to be along North Market Street. There is plenty of street parking closer to the town. Park here and walk the hundred yards or so to the bridge.
White Covered Bridge
Of the seven covered bridges I visited in Greene County, my favorite was White Covered Bridge. Why this was, I’m not entirely sure, but I did find both the bridge and the rural setting to be quite beautiful.
The bridge is 70 feet long, making it the longest covered bridge in Greene County. This bridge is unique for its uncommon height. While most covered bridges have a height restriction of fewer than 10 feet, White Covered Bridge is capable of handling vehicles up to 17 feet tall! This unique height gives the bridge a very expansive feel while walking through it.
The bridge crosses Whitely Creek, which may be the source of the name or it could be named after the bridge’s color. Either way, it would be a bit weird to me if the bridge wasn’t painted white.
White Covered Bridge, along with Carmichaels Covered Bridge, takes part in the yearly Covered Bridge Festival that takes place in Washington and Greene Counties. Held the third weekend of September each year, this festival has been going on for more than 40 years and is held at many locations in both counties.
Getting There: Getting to White Covered Bridge isn’t hard if you know where it is, just a few miles from I-79, in southeastern Greene County. This is a great bridge to visit as you are traveling through the area, even if you don’t have the time to stop at the rest of the covered bridges in the county.
The bridge is located at the following coordinates: 39.806496, -80.060864.
Parking for the bridge is quite easy as there is ample room for several cars to pull off along both sides of the bridge. There are a few private property signs in the area to be aware of when visiting.
From here, it’s a short ride back to I-79 to head back towards Waynesburg, or you can continue on to King Covered Bridge on the western side of the highway.
King Covered Bridge
King Covered Bridge is the southernmost bridge in Greene County, just a couple of miles north of the West Virginia border. It was built in 1890 and crosses 46 feet over Hoover Run.
This bridge was restored about 10 years ago and is in great shape. Unfortunately, due to its wooded setting and “No Trespassing” signs, it’s a difficult bridge to get much of a view of. That being said, it’s in a very beautiful setting and well-worth visiting.
Getting There: King Covered Bridge is located 8.6 miles south of Neddie Woods Covered Bridge on Kings Sister Hill Road, just off State Route 3013, at the following coordinates: 39.757038, -80.272615.
The distance should be noted by anyone using their phone as a GPS, as I wasn’t able to get cell phone reception at either this bridge or Neddie Woods. While King Covered Bridge sits just off the main road, the natural wood color of the bridge and its wooded setting mean it would be easy to drive right past the bridge.
Parking is a bit of a challenge at this bridge because of private property. However, there is a bit of room to pull off the road on the far side of the bridge.
Shriver Covered Bridge
Shriver Covered Bridge is located in one of the most beautiful settings I’ve come across in Pennsylvania. The bridge is in a scenic valley and surrounded by several beautiful farms, making this a fantastic one to visit.
The bridge was built in 1900 and crosses 40 feet over Hargus Creek. The surrounding farms make some viewing angles difficult, but the area around the bridge is treeless and there is a sloping hill just after the bridge that gives a nice view overlooking the bridge.
Getting There: Shriver Covered Bridge is located along Turkey Hollow Road, just off State Route 3011 and a short distance from Highway 18. It is located at the following coordinates: 39.852778, -80.278990.
Shriver Covered Bridge isn’t located very far from Neddie Woods Covered Bridge. So, while I wouldn’t recommend it, those short on time could consider skipping Scott Covered Bridge and coming straight to Shriver Covered Bridge instead.
Scott Covered Bridge
Scott Covered Bridge is the westernmost covered bridge in Greene County. It was built in 1885 and crosses 41 feet over Ten Mile Creek.
This bridge is set along the edge of a wood line and is surrounded by dense underbrush. While it makes the bridge hard to photograph, it does provide a setting that’s a bit different from the other covered bridges in Greene County.
Getting There: Scott Covered Bridge is located just off Highway 21 at the following coordinates: 39.887640, -80.325583. Parking here is a bit tricky as there is nowhere to park next to the bridge.
The best place seems to be a small gravel area around where Highway 21 intersects with Covered Bridge Road. From here, it’s about 150 yards to the bridge.
Neddie Woods Covered Bridge
Neddie Woods Covered Bridge sits only a few miles outside of downtown Waynesburg, but its setting amidst the farms of Greene County make it feel a world away.
It was built in 1882, making it the oldest covered bridge remaining in Greene County. Neddie Woods Covered Bridge was named for Civil War veteran Ned A. Wood, who owned the land on which the bridge was built.
The bridge is still open to traffic, but the road it’s on likely sees very little traffic. Neddie Woods Covered Bridge is 40 feet long and crosses Pursley Creek. It was recently refurbished and is in excellent condition.
Getting There: Neddie Woods Covered Bridge is located just off State Route 3013. It is located at the following coordinates: 39.863022, -80.234321.
There is a small area next to the main road that’s big enough for a couple of cars to pull off and look at the bridge.
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