Vermont is known for many things – maple syrup, Ben & Jerry’s, Grandma Moses and perhaps most enchanting of all – dozens of artfully constructed historic covered bridges. In fact, Bennington County has five covered bridges, three of which are located just a mile or two from the Inn! Book your getaway at The Four Chimneys Inn and see the bridges of Bennington County with our guide to the best covered bridges of Vermont!
The Covered Bridges of Vermont
Covered Bridge Museum
We recommend starting your journey at Bennington’s Covered Bridge Museum, just one mile from the Four Chimneys Inn. Bennington’s Covered Bridge Museum is the world’s first museum dedicated to the preservation of these structures. Learn everything you could possibly know about these historic and picturesque local attractions.
Silk Covered Bridge
A short distance from the Covered Bridge Museum is the Silk Covered Bridge. This quintessential Vermont Covered Bridge is a covered town lattice truss bridge that transports the Silk Road across the Walloomsac River. Built in 1840 this bridge is located halfway between downtown Bennington and the village of North Bennington. Surrounded by beautiful scenery and crafted with meticulous detail, this bridge is a must-see.
Paper Mill Village Bridge
Two left-turns from the Silk Covered Bridge, you’ll find another lattice truss bridge over the portion of Murphy Road that crosses the Walloomsac River in Bennington. The Paper Mill Village Bridge (also known as the Murphey Bridge) was built in 1889.
Burt Henry Covered Bridge
A hop-skip-and-a-jump from the Paper Mill Bridge is Burt Henry Covered Bridge, known locally as the Henry Bridge. The Burt Henry Coved Bridge is Bennington’s oldest of its kind. Built in the late 1830s, it carries River Road across the Walloomsac River. Picnic tables await along the river bank of this picturesque covered bridge.
From the Henry Bridge, continue into the village of North Bennington and pick up the scenic byway 7A toward Arlington/Sunderland. The Chiselville Bridge, located in Sunderland, was constructed in 1870. It crosses the Roaring Branch Brook and was featured in the film “Baby Boom.” While this bridge offers gorgeous photos from the road, it is well worth the trip on foot to go to the bottom of the ravine and view the bridge from below. The Chiselville Bridge is located about 25 minutes from Four Chimneys Inn.
West Arlington Bridge
Also, known as the Arlington Green Covered Bridge, the West Arlington Bridge is one of Vermont’s most photographed and painted bridges! Built in 1852, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This bridge carries an unnamed road across the historic Batten Kill River. This beautiful bridge is about 20 minutes from the Inn.
Autumn in Vermont is a magical time of year and an especially popular time to come see all the covered bridges of Bennington. There’s something about bridges and fall foliage… Book your favorite room today and don’t forget to pack your camera! We’ll have a map of the Bridges of Bennington County waiting for you. Check out The Yellow Note’s 24 Hours In Bennington for more great ideas for exploring Bennington.Book Now