There aren’t a lot of covered bridges left. One problem is that the building material, wood, doesn’t hold up well to weather. The other problem is that they were originally built for wagons and horses, not today’s cars and trucks that weigh thousands of pounds. For these reasons there are only a couple covered bridges in North Carolina. This beauty was moved from its original location and now sits a few miles from the Alston House, also known as the House on the Horseshoe.
A second bridge, the Bunker Hill bridge, sits a few miles off I-40 in western North Carolina. It’s a bit hard to find, being tucked in a small wooded park off a secondary road. It’s a really peaceful place to enjoy a walk in the woods
and the craftsmanship of the wonderful old bridge.
By the way, there’s a reason these bridges are covered. Uncovered wooden bridges have a life span of only 10 to 15 years. The roofs protect the bridge from the elements and extend the life of the structure. Luckily for us, there are still some of these bridges to see.