America’s covered bridges are one of the nation’s most treasured architectural achievements, and Athens County is proud to claim three of the eighteen covered bridges in the Hocking Hills region.
Popular in the late 1800s, covered bridges served two purposes: their barn-like appearance made it easier to transport cattle across them; and builders discovered that protecting a bridge’s underpinnings with a roof meant the bridge could stand for seventy to eighty years, as opposed to an uncovered bridge’s lifespan of ten to fifteen years.
Blackwood Covered Bridge
Kidwell Covered Bridge
Palos Covered Bridge
South Park Covered Bridge (Not part of the official covered bridge list)