With fall winding down, this past Sunday was potentially the last nice day to do a day-trip of this nature. The plan was to tour the Covered Bridges of Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Below are some of the photos I captured. Why so few pictures of the actual bridges, you ask? Well…we go lost thanks to lousy directions, Bucks County’s willfully eccentric and confusing system of back-roads through the hills and countryside and non-GPS friendly points of interest. The roads frequently change names, and some stop dead only to appear miles down another road and running perpendicular to their original selves. Genius! If anyone can tell me how to get to Cafferty Road from Dark Hollow Road, a small reward might be paid. If you do this tour and absolutely must see every covered bridge, my only suggestion is to kidnap an actual native of Bucks County to be your guide.
To be honest, once you’ve seen one covered bridge, you’ve seen them all — go ahead, Covered Bridge Aficionados, send me your hate mail! — so my recommendation is when you reach the starting point of the tour at Washington’s Crossing just stay on River Road aka Route 32. It’s a wonderfully scenic drive along a winding two-lane highway that snakes along the Delaware River and Pennsylvania Canal. You’ll get great views of New Hope (the trendy town that always tries too hard), the Jehovah’s Witness Compound (with its literal Watchtower), the river islands, falling rock faces, quarries, cozy inns, biker taverns, beautiful homes, quaint villages and tiny wineries. When you finally reach Uhlerstown (your WTF fact for the day: Uhlerstown was originally named Mexico), hang left and check out the best covered bridge around that from afar looks like it takes you right into the face of the hillside. So feel free to toss the directions out the window, turn off your GPS, stop wherever you wish — we did at the historic Washington Crossing Inn for a bite to eat — and enjoy.
Written and Photographed by David H. Schleicher
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The Yardley Inn (which we previously visited) also makes for a great meal just off River Road.