Skip to main content

Albany Covered Bridge - New Hampshire

 


Located roughly six miles west of Conway along Swift River in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and near the very scenic Kancamagus Highway (NH 112), the Albany Covered Bridge is a popular stop for travelers taking the scenic route. The Albany Covered Bridge is a 120 foot long Paddleford truss covered bridge that was initially built in 1858, but was destroyed by a storm a year later which flooded the Swift River and swept away the new bridge. At that time, builders Almzi Russell and Leandre Morton entered into an agreement with the town of Albany to build a new covered bridge for $1,300, minus the amount previously paid for the original bridge. As a result of the agreement, the covered bridge was quickly rebuilt and has stood the test of time, along with a renovation in 1970. The artfully crafted covered bridge features wide shallow arches and sharply raked facades. In 1981 and 1982, the U.S. Forest Service replaced the wooden floor timbers with a steel floor for added support. Near the covered bridge is a mud sill, which was taken from the bed of the river to support the falsework and scaffolding during the construction of the bridge span.

Today, you can visit the Albany Covered Bridge off of Passaconaway Road if you are heading along NH 112. Some people may see the bridge on the way to the Covered Bridge Campground, other people may be traveling to the bridge to go fishing or get some neat photos of the Swift River and the covered bridge, while others (like myself the day I visited) may be stopping to see the bridge on the way to a further away destination. I visited during the early summer, but I'm told that the Albany Covered Bridge is picturesque in all seasons. If you are visiting the bridge, please be aware that there is a 7' 9" height restriction for vehicles using the bridge and that the bridge is closed to vehicles in the winter (but foot traffic is OK). There are some interpretive storyboards that can be seen around the bridge as well that will help tell the story of the bridge's construction. I was compelled to stop by and see the Albany Covered Bridge during a trip to New Hampshire and Maine in June 2013, and it was worth the stop.

View of the Swift River as seen from the Albany Covered Bridge.

And here's a couple views of the Albany Covered Bridge from the Swift River.


Side angle views of the Albany Covered Bridge.


The Swift River. This view must be an absolute gem during fall foliage season.

Approaching the Albany Covered Bridge.

The Swift River is a New Hampshire Protected River. The New Hampshire Protected Rivers are a part of the New Hampshire Rivers Management and Protection Program, which is designed to protect significant river resources through a combination of state and local resource management and protection.

A timber barrier has been set up to discourage drivers of oversized vehicles from driving across the Albany Covered Bridge




How to Get There:




Sources and Links:
NHTourGuide.com - Albany Covered Bridge (Kancamagus Highway Region)
USDA / White Mountain National Forest - Albany Covered Bridge
New Hampshire Covered Bridges - Albany Bridge
Bridgehunter.com - Albany Covered Bridge 29-02-06
Scenic USA - Albany Covered Bridge
KancamagusHighway.com - White Mountain National Forest Bridge (Aka Albany Covered Bridge)

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Deer Isle Bridge in Maine

As graceful a bridge that I ever set my eyes upon, the Deer Isle Bridge (officially known as the Deer Isle-Sedgwick Bridge) surprisingly caught my eye as I was driving around coastal Maine one Saturday afternoon. About 35 miles south of Bangor, Maine , the Deer Isle Bridge connects the Blue Hill Peninsula of Downeast Maine with Little Deer Isle over the Eggemoggin Reach on ME 15 between the towns of Sedgwick and Deer Isle . It should be noted that Little Deer Isle is connected to Deer Isle by way of a boulder lined causeway, and there is a storied regatta that takes place on the Eggemoggin Reach each summer. But the Deer Isle Bridge holds many stories, not just for the vacationers who spend part of their summer on Deer Isle or in nearby Stonington , but for the residents throughout the years and the folks who have had a hand bringing this vital link to life.   The Deer Isle Bridge was designed by David Steinman and built by the Phoenix Bridge Company of Phoenixville,

Former US Route 99 through Athlone and the last Wheeler Ridge-Sacramento corridor expressway

Athlone was a siding of the Southern Pacific Railroad located in Merced County on the alignment of what was US Route 99 between the cities of Chowchilla and Merced.  The Athlone corridor of US Route 99 was one of the first in San Joaquin Valley to fully upgraded to four lane expressway standards.  The Athlone expressway corridor was inherited by California State Route 99 when US Route 99 was truncated to Ashland, Oregon during June 1965.  The four-lane expressway through Athlone was the last segment of what had been US Route 99 in the Wheeler Ridge-Sacramento corridor to be bypassed by a freeway.  The Athlone expressway corridor was bypassed by the modern California State Route 99 freeway in 2016.  Despite being put on a road diet and narrowed what was the Athlone expressway corridor still displays evidence of being part of US Route 99.   Above the blog cover photo displays the Athlone expressway corridor of US Route 99 south of Merced as depicted in the July 1939 California Highways &

California State Route 38

California State Route 38 is a fifty-nine-mile State Highway located entirety in San Bernardino County and a component of the Rim of the World Highway.  California State Route 38 begins at California State Route 18 at Bear Valley Dam of the San Bernardino Mountains and follows an easterly course on the north shore of Big Bear Lake.  California State Route 38 briefly multiplexes California State Route 18 near Baldwin Lake and branches east towards the 8,443-foot-high Onyx Summit.  From Onyx Summit the routing of California State Route 38 reverses course following a largely westward path through the San Bernardino Mountains towards a terminus at Interstate 10 in Redlands.   Pictured as the blog cover is California State Route 38 at Onyx Summit the day it opened to traffic on August 12th, 1961.   Part 1; the history of California State Route 38 California State Route 38 (CA 38) is generally considered to be the back way through the San Bernardino Mountains to Big Bear Lake of Bear Valley