With some travel time dedicated to leaf peeping this fall, we learned of a destination quite by accident from someone at a Virginia rest stop: Humpback Bridge near Covington. This 100-foot long single-span structure, Virginia’s oldest covered bridge, is four feet higher in the middle than on the ends — and thus the name, Humpback Bridge. Built in 1857, the structure has stood empty, almost abandoned, except for a time a farmer stored hay in it. Thanks to numerous civic organizations, however, it has been restored and preserved in a park-like setting.
Below the bridge flows (ever so slowly) Dunlap Creek, making this area even more picturesque.
And underneath the bridge, old wooden cross-beam construction belies the detail and age of the structure.
We couldn’t help but ask a couple of passersby if they’d take a picture of us below the “hump” where, again, construction seems pretty fascinating.
At least we think so.
For more information on Humpback Bridge, click here.