We spent an afternoon during the Easter weekend making a tour of the five covered bridges in Berks County. Four of the bridges are still used by traffic and one is located in the Berks County Heritage Center park. The Greater Reading Convention & Visitors’ Bureau has a map and guide to the bridges which you can print by clicking here.
Wertz Bridge is located in the Berks County Heritage Center. It is believed to be the longest single span covered bridge in Pennsylvania and the third longest in the United States. It was built in 1867 and spans the Tulpehocken Creek. Unlike the other bridges, it is no longer used for vehicular traffice but gets many walkers and bikers daily enjoying the Union Canal Trail.
This bridge is built in the Kutztown and Virginville area and is 93 feet long. The bridge spans the Saucony Creek and was built in 1854.
This bridge was build in 1869 and is 168 feet long. It spans the Maiden Creek.
This bridge is located in Pleasantville and spans the Manatawny Creek. It was orginally an open bridge but made a covered bridge in 1850.
Griesemer’s Mill Bridge was built in 1868 and is thought to be the oldest covered bridge in Berks County. It spans the Manatawny Creek and is 124 feet long.
A Couple of Other Photos of the Bridges