Georgia is well known for all of its history. Taking a day and visiting several of the 20 remaining covered bridges in Georgia can be a lot of fun and an adventure. There use to be over 200 covered bridges in Georgia and now there are less than 20 remaining. When you visit these covered bridges you can take photos and write up small descriptions from the historical marker. You can take the photo and all of the information that you gathered and assemble a scrap book. This is a great way to keep a piece of Georgia history alive for future generations.
The old covered bridges hold a lot of history. Unfortunately they are also at high risk of being vandalized. For the historical enthusiast this is very sad to see. There are times when the bridges are renovated and the material that can be reused from the older structure will be used. By doing this the bridge will look as authentic as possible.
Out of the 20 remaining covered bridges you will see a few listed below. The distance to the bridge from the Athens area is posted for your convenience.
The Watson Mill Covered Bridge is one of the longest remaining covered bridges in Georgia. It is located in Comer, Georgia and is approximately 18.5 miles from Athens.
The Elder Mill covered bridge is one of the 13 functioning bridges left in Georgia. It was built in 1897 and located in Watkinsville, Georgia. It is approximately 8 miles south of Athens.
The Howards covered bridge is located in a very isolated section of Oglethorp County. It was built in 1840 and is located in Lexington, Georgia. It is approximately 19 miles southeast from Athens.
The Lula covered bridge was built in 1915 and is located in Gainesville, Georgia. It is approximately 42 miles from Athens.
The Cromer's covered bridge was built in 1906 and is located in Carnesville, Georgia. It is approximately 34 miles from Athens.
The Stovall covered bridge was built in 1895 and is located in Helen, Georgia. It is approximately 65 miles from Athens.
The Hurricane Shoals covered bridge was originally built in 1869 but has recently been rebuilt. It is located between Maysville and Jefferson, Georgia. It is approximately 18 to 28 miles from Athens.
The Gainesville covered bridge is located in Gainesville, Georgia in the city park. This is a wonderful stop to have a picnic and enjoy walking the trails and the lake. It is approximately 39 miles from Athens.
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