What do Covered Bridges cover anyway?

Northfield Falls Travel Blog

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The Northfield Falls Bridge looking at the Lower Cox Bridge thru the tunnel.

It was about an hour drive from the Quechee Gorge to Northfield Falls. The route took us through several small Vermont towns, each of them with a small grocery store. One of the regrets I had with this trip was not stopping to at least walk through one of these country stores. I’m sure it would have been a great slice of Americana.

 

We arrived and drove past the turn off for the first bridge, the Slaughterhouse Bridge. I knew we drove past it, because I could see the bridge as we drove by. We just kept going because the turn off for the other one was really close and it had three bridges on it, one right after the other.

 

We turned onto Cox Brook Road and immediately saw the first of the three bridges, The Northfield Falls Covered Bridge, which was built in 1872.

The Lower Cox Bridge
This would be the longest of the four bridges we would be seeing today. It is 137 feet long and crosses the Cox Brook. This bridge has the distinction of being the only covered bridge where you can look through it and see the next covered bridge, the Lower Cox Covered Bridge.

 

We got our requisite photos and drove through the Northfield Falls Bridge. All of the covered bridges are one way, so you have to be careful of the traffic. Cox Brook Road is a busy street (well, busy is relative) so we had to be careful both driving and walking around or near them. We found a wide spot to park and took a few quick pictures of the Lower Cox Bridge. This wasn’t really the place to linger, so we got back in the Calibre and continued down Cox Brook Rd to the Upper Cox Covered Bridge.

The Upper Cox Bridge

 

The Upper Cox River Bridge was more friendly to picture taking, so we parked and spent a few minutes taking pictures. We both climbed down to the brook to enjoy the different view, listen to the brook, and generally enjoy the serenity. We had not traveled very far, but what passes for traffic in Northfield Falls was mostly left behind us at the Lower Cox Bridge, and was all left above us when we got to the stream.  It wasn’t hard to get comfortable and unwind a bit. But, as the whole day had gone we still had a couple of more sites to see today, and it was getting a bit late in the afternoon.

 

We back tracked just a bit to Slaughterhouse Rd, the one we had passed, and drove to the last of the four bridges we would be seeing today.

Me and the Slaughterhouse Bridge
I forgot to mention, the whole reason of having a covered bridge is to protect the wooden bridge from the elements. New England winters are known for their snow and cold. Snow becomes ice and water. Ice and water have a way of destroying wood.

 

Anyway we lingered for a few minutes here at the Slaughterhouse Covered Bridge because there was no traffic. We felt comfortable walking inside this one and taking a few pictures from this perspective. The other three bridges crossed various parts of the Cox Brook. The Slaughterhouse Bridge crossed the Dog River, which is fed by the Cox Brook. The Dog had a little bit more volume than the Cox Brook, but both were more streams than anything. We got a few scenic pics and then decided it was time to go. Our next stop was going to be Montpelier, the capital of Vermont.

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The Northfield Falls Bridge lookin…
The Northfield Falls Bridge looki…
The Lower Cox Bridge
The Lower Cox Bridge
The Upper Cox Bridge
The Upper Cox Bridge
Me and the Slaughterhouse Bridge
Me and the Slaughterhouse Bridge
The Dog River flowing under the Sl…
The Dog River flowing under the S…
The Dog River
The Dog River
The Dog River
The Dog River
Margo looking out of the Slaughter…
Margo looking out of the Slaughte…
The Slaughterhouse Bridge
The Slaughterhouse Bridge
Inside the Slaughterhouse Bridge. …
Inside the Slaughterhouse Bridge.…
The Notrthfield Falls Bridge
The Notrthfield Falls Bridge
The Cox Brook
The Cox Brook
Margo looking pretty
Margo looking pretty
The Cox Brook
The Cox Brook
Farmhouse
Farmhouse
The Cox Brook
The Cox Brook
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Four Covered Bridges really close together
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