I haven’t made it up to Montgomery in early October to see what the best time for fall foliage is for these covered bridges. Most of my visits are during visits to family but a few are in Sept and you’ll see the beginnings of color.
I put the lat/long and if you want to see these on the Google map, here is the link.
To me this trip could be done in a day especially if you caught these bridges early in the day with nice morning light.
Hopkins Covered Bridge
We jumped on 118 toward Montgomery and as we rounded a curve we passed the Hopkins Bridge, on the right. You will need to go a little ways to turn around (if necessary, I know I did). It’s the first bridge of the day and this one like all the bridges in this area were built by the Jewett Bros. It was built in 1875 and lattice styled. If you are crossing through it, there is a sign reminding you walk your horse through the bridge by order of the selectmen.
From here we drove 1.4 miles to the Longley Bridge.
Longley Covered Bridge
The Longley Bridge is another of the lattice type bridge built by the Jewett Brothers in 1863. It crosses the Trout River and unfortunately I didn’t bring my fly fishing rod to find out if there were trout in that brook…
The Comstock Covered Bridge
The Comstock bridge is another one that as you come in from the west on 118 (or North Maine St). You will probably miss it unless you are traveling real slow. Not too worry, since the next road on your right (Bank Rd.) will bring you around to the bridge from the other side. This is another bridge by the Jewett Bros. built in 1883 that also crosses the trout river. In the shot of this bridge you can see the person on the bike waiting for the rain to subside so they can continue their bike ride.
Fuller Covered Bridge44.903251, -72.639681
A short 30’ bridge that still gets lots of town traffic is right across from the Montgomery Post office. It’s at the corner of Black hills rd and North hills rd. It allows you to cross Black Falls Brook and was built in 1890 and restored in 2000.
Creamery Bridge (search for the West Hill Bridge in Google)
If you try to find this one, don’t do what we did… The Creamery Bridge is right where the maps say it is but they don’t have any road signs for it. First the have two parallel roads off the main road, West Hill rd and Hill West rd. (although Google calls both west Hill rd) It doesn’t matter which road you take but if you take the western rd like we did and you miss the Creamery rd like we did be prepared to do some exploring.
The roads south of the bridge are mostly old logging roads and there are a few houses back in there. But if you see a small dotted line and you decide to explore that and you don’t have a 4X4 then be prepared to walk out of there. That is a snow mobile track… It’s not a road and we were basically bouldering through the back roads of Vermont.
It was quite a detour we took and on the way back north on West Hill rd we found an unmarked road and I made a left on it and at that point my GPS which will tell you what road you are on told us we were on Creamery rd and we quickly stopped because the road is blocked by two large boulders. We walked down to the bridge (about 75 yds.) and we walked through it and looked at the boulders on the other side… As you may have guessed it’s closed to all but foot traffic.
The Hutchins Covered Bridge
To find the Hutchens Bridge you will have to ignore the Delorme book (or Google). You want to leave 118 onto Hutchins Bridge rd. You will go about 50 yards and the road turns into a dirt road of good quality. You will pass a small pond on the left and the bridge will be down at the bottom of the hill (a Dead end and off to the right). This bridge was built in 1883 and it crosses the south branch of the Trout River.
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