Perry County has fourteen covered bridges that are still standing. Eight of them span Sherman's Creek, which flows in an easterly direction in a valley between two ridges of the Allegheny Mountain range-the Tuscarora Mountain and the Blue Mountain. As of this date four have gone under major restoration (Adairs,Bistline, Books and Saville). All of the county's structures are of the typical covered bridge style, try-angular gable ends on the portals, lengthwise narrow openings under the eaves, and painted barn red.
Adairs / Cisna Mill Covered Bridge
(GPS N 40 21.03 W77 25.45)
Adairs Bridge was built in 1864 using the Burr truss, it is 150 ft. long and 14 ft. 3 in. long, the builder is unknown. It crosses Sherman creek ,and is located on state route 3008 just south of Cisna Run in southwest Madison twp. The bridge has been completely restored since my last visit in 2003. This is a sure beauty and tourist attraction for Perry County. The structure is opened to vehicle traffic . The bridge is nestled between two ridges of the Allegheny Mountain range-the Tuscarora Mountain and the Blue Mountain. This is a beautiful structure to photograph…
Bistline / Flickinger's Mill Covered Bridge
(GPS 40 20.038 W77 28.228)
This structure was built in 1871 with the Burr truss design, it is 13 feet 6 in. long and the builder is unknown. The bridge crosses Sherman creek and like Adair's this bridge also has been completely restored. This structure is also opened to vehicle traffic. It is located in a pretty country setting on route 3005, approximately 0.8 mile north of Couchtown and 1.5 miles south of Andersonburg, in southwest Madison Twp.
Books / Kaufman Covered Bridge
(GPS N40 19.48 W77 31.48)
The bridge was built in 1884 and the builder is unknown, the length of the bridge is 70 ft. the width is 17 feet and uses a single span. The bridge design is the Burr truss. The location of the bridge is On state Route 3003, approximately 0.2 miles south of State Route 274, about 1 mile southwest of Blain, in Jackson Township. Another Perry County bridge that was rescued from decay and destruction. When I first photographed this bridge in 2003 the whole structure was sitting in Sherman Creek and was an eye sore, to see what they have done to this bridge is unbelievable. The bridge is open to vehicle traffic.
Clay / Wahneta Covered Bridge
(GPS N40 27.35 W77 10.18)
Clay (Wahneta ) covered bridge was built in 1890 by George Harting it is located in Little Buffalo State park and crosses the Little Buffalo creek. The length of the bridge is 82 feet with a width of 15 feet and is open to foot traffic only. The bridge is beautifully maintained and I would think the reason being is that it is located in Little Buffalo State Park where it was moved to its present location. The park in itself is beautiful with plenty of parking and nice lake for family outings.
Dellville Covered Bridge
(GPS N40 21.82 W77 06.98)
( Note: This bridge has been destroyed by arson. I have no news at this time as to when it will be refurbished. I have a video of the bridge which includes the arson photos, Click here: Dellville Video
Dellville bridge was built in 1889 by Andrew Clouser and crosses the Sherman creek, it is owned by the county. The bridge uses the Burr arch design, it is 174 feet long and 20 feet wide. The bridge is opened to traffic and is used quite extensively. This is the longest and widest bridge in Perry county, and I will say it is in the most beautiful of settings and well maintained. This would have to go on my favorites list of covered bridges that are a must see in Pennsylvania...The bridge is located on Twp. Rt. 456, Pine Hill Road, just south of Dellville in Wheatfield Twp.
Enslow / Turkey Tail Covered Bridge
(GPS N40 19.74 W77 29.49)
The Enslow (Turkey Tail) Covered Bridge built in 1904 using the Burr truss design, the length is 110 feet and 16 feet wide, the builder is unknown. The bridge is owned and maintained by Perry County,Pennsylvania the structure crosses Sherman's creek. When I photographed this bridge it looked like it just went under major renovation, all the abutments looked like new with mountain stone facing. New asphalt had been put down at the entrance of each side of the bridge..The bridge is opened to daily traffic.. As you can see by the photos the bridge sits in a beautiful countryside...The bridges location is on Township Route 312, Adams Grove Road, Pennsylvania just east of State Route 3006, approximately 1 mile southeast of Blain, Pa. in Jackson Twp.
Fleisher's Covered Bridge
(GPS N40 29.38 W77 09.48)
Fleisher bridge was built in 1887 using the Burr truss design, the length is 125 feet and 17 feet wide, it crosses Big Buffalo creek. The builder of the bridge was Yohn and Ritter, Perry county owns and maintains the bridge. As of 2003 the bridge was open to traffic and in good condition. The location of the bridge is on Township Route 477, Fairground road, approximately 1 mile northwest of Newport, in Oliver Township.
Kochenderfer Covered Bridge
(GPS N40 25.45 W77 23.19)
Kochenderfer bridge was built in 1919 by Adair Brothers and crosses Big Buffalo creek. The bridge is closed to traffic and is privately owned. The bridge length is 71 feet and the width is 18 feet, the truss is a Queenpost design with a kingpost. The bridge seems to be in fair condition. and can use some renovation....The is located alongside of Route 332, approximately 1 mile south of Saville and the Saville bridge, in Saville Twp.
Mount Pleasant Covered Bridge
(GPS N40 18.91 W77 32.72)
Mount Pleasant bridge was built in 1918 by L.M. Wentzel and is owned by Perry county. It crosses the Sherman creek and is used by daily traffic. The length is 60 feet and the width is 17 feet 9 inches.. The location of the bridge is on Twp. Route 304, Mt. Pleasant Road, just south of the State Route 274 in Mt. Pleasant, Jackson Twp. When we were there the bridge had gone under some renovation, it looked like new concrete sides at both ends of the bridge, new boards were obvious on both sides of the bridge...The structure looked to be in very good condition. The surrounding country side really sets this bridge off, if you are a photographer it is a great place to capture a Amish wagon going across the bridge to add a little nostalgia to your photo.
New Germantown Covered Bridge
(GPS N40 18.40 W77 34.09)
New Germantown bridge was built in 1891 by John W. Fry utilizing a truss of Queenpost with a kingpost. The bridge crosses Sherman's creek and is used by daily traffic. The length is 74 feet and the with is 12 ft.. The county owns and maintains the structure.. Again the bridge sits in a very attractive setting and is in great condition... The location of the bridge is on Twp Rt. 302, just southeast of New Germantown in Toboyne Twp.
Red Covered Bridge
(GPS N40 34.07 W77 00.90)
Red bridge was built in 1886 and the builder is unknown. The bridge crosses Wildcat creek In Liverpool twp. The structure utilizes the multiple kingpost truss, the length is 55 feet and the width is 15 feet. It is only open to foot traffic. This bridge has been bypassed by state route 1005 and sits on private property. Again this is another bridge that is in need of major repair. We had visited the structure in the winter and by the looks of the surrounding area I doubt if you can get a good look at it once the undergrowth starts... The bridge is located along side of State Route 1005, standing on the east side of the road, 0.2 miles north of State Route 1010, southeast of Liverpool in Liverpool Twp.
Rice / Landisburg Covered Bridge
(GPS N40 20.15 W77 18.57)
Rice/Landisburg bridge was built in 1869 utilizing the Burr truss with two queen posts and crosses Sherman's creek. The length of the bridge is 132 feet and 18 feet wide. Perry county owns this and maintains this structure. The bridge is open to daily traffic, the bridge is in good condition. Rice has a beautiful surroundings and seems to have had some refurbishing when I was there in 2003. This is another one of Pennsylvania's proud historical heritage. The bridge is located on Township Route 333, approximately 0.4 mile south of Landisburg in Tyrone twp.
Saville Covered Bridge
(GPS N40 26.26 W77 23.77)
Saville bridge was built in 1903 using the Burr truss the bridge spans Big Buffalo creek. The length of the bridge is 60 ft and the width is 17 ft. The builder was L.M. Wentzel. The owner of the bridge is the state of Pennsylvania. The bridge is open to daily traffic. This bridge also has gone under extreme renovation from my last visit in 2003, all photos in the photos album are up to date. time. The bridge is located on State Route 4001, just south of Saville in Saville Twp and is open to vehicle traffic.
Waggoner Covered Bridge
(GPS N40 21.57 W77 22.37)
Waggoner bridge was built in 1889 utilizing the Burr truss, the structure crosses Bixler's Run. The length of the bridge is 84 ft. and the width is 17 ft. The builder was Joseph D. Lightner. The owner is private. The condition of the bridge is very poor, and this usually happens to our covered bridges that are privately owned. The setting of this bridge could be beautiful if maintained. The bridge is located along side and old stone gristmill with the dam and portions of the mill race still present, what a grand tourist attraction this would make. The structure was suppose to open to foot traffic, but I found a 6 ft. fencing screen blocking the entrance. The location of the bridge is on Twp Rt. 579, just north of State Rt. 850 or State Rt. 274 (these state routes run concurrently at this point) 1.5 miles west of Loysville, between Tyrone and Northeast of Madison Twps.