3 Covered Bridges to See When You’re in Stowe
August 16, 2023
by GO STOWE
Covered bridges are a classic staple in New England and Vermont is home to over 100 of them. Travelers visit from all over to admire and photograph the unique architecture and designs of these historic structures. There are three remarkable covered bridges in the Stowe area and many others within a short driving distance. Be sure to check all three off your list during your visit.
Gold Brook Covered Bridge
Also known as Emily’s Bridge, this bridge was built in 1844 and is the oldest Howe Truss bridge in Vermont. The bridge is famously said to be haunted by Emily’s ghost with reported sightings of ghostly apparitions under the moonlit sky. Located at the intersection of Gold Brook Road and Stowe Hollow Road, Emily’s Bridge can be accessed from Route 100 via Gold Brook Road.
Located at one end of the Stowe Recreation Path, the Brookdale Bridge was built in 1964 and spans the West Branch Little River. This particular bridge is a “stringer” covered bridge, meaning it was made with stringers instead of traditional style trusses. Visitor’s can access the bridge via Brook Road off of Route 108. There is a small parking area for the recreation path on the left right before the covered bridge.
Red Covered Bridge
Built in 1896, the Red Covered Bridge is located in Morristown and is only a 10 minute drive from the Stowe village. The bridge carries Cole Hill Road across Sterling Brook and features an odd king post truss with a superimposed queen post system. Follow Route 100 out of Stowe heading towards Morrisville and take Stagecoach Road. Turn left on Sterling Valley Road and the bridge is located less than two miles on the right.