Travel theme: Below Humpback Bridge

Fall color at Humpback Bridge near Covington, Virginia.

Fall color at Humpback Bridge near Covington, Virginia.

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.

Looking below the bridge at the rock base and Dunlap Creek.

Looking below the bridge at the rock base and Dunlap Creek.

Below the bridge flows (ever so slowly) Dunlap Creek, making this area even more picturesque.

Reflections in Dunlap Creek, below Humpback Bridge.

Reflections in Dunlap Creek, below Humpback Bridge.

And underneath the bridge, old wooden cross-beam construction belies the detail and age of the structure.

Looking under the bridge at wood beams and what seems to be rope just waiting to be grabbed!

Looking under the bridge at wood beams and what seems to be ropes just waiting to be grabbed!

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.

Below the ceiling of Humpback Bridge, oldest covered bridge in Virginia.

Below the ceiling of Humpback Bridge, oldest covered bridge in Virginia.

At least we think so.

For more information on Humpback Bridge, click here.

For more examples of Travel theme: Below from Ailsa’s blog Where’s My Backpack?, click here.  

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Met at University of Tennessee, been married for 47 years, and still passionate about travel whether we're volunteering with Habitat Global Village, combining work at Discovery with pleasure, or just seeing the world. Hope you'll join us as we try to see it all while we can!
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22 Responses to Travel theme: Below Humpback Bridge

  1. I’ve been here in the spring. It is a beautiful bridge!

  2. What a special bridge! You must have been thrilled to discover it. 😃

  3. Fascinating, Rusha. We lived in Virginia – twice – and never discovered this bridge! 🙂 Must be time to head back for a visit. Beautiful photos – I love the last one. ~Terri

    • Thanks so much, Terri! This wasn’t on our original itinerary, but we’ve been known to (more than once, of course) veer off the planned path! When the guy at the Info Center told us we should see this, we adjusted our plans (sketchy as they were) to see it. And what fun! We found several byways and off-interstate prize paths on this trip. Always fun! Appreciate your stopping by!

  4. tappjeanne says:

    Great job showing ‘things below’ Rusha and Bert! Love the pics and comments about the bridge.

  5. Touring NH says:

    That is an awesome bridge. We have quite a few here in New Hampshire and I’m always happy to come across them. Is it still open to traffic?

  6. jenny says:

    That’s a wonderful find – what a construction! I love it.

  7. lulu says:

    I’m crazy about bridges and this is a good one.

  8. Dawn says:

    Beautiful bridge. Love the curve in it.

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