The Flume Covered Bridge is a picturesque covered bridge located at The Flume within Franconia Notch State Park in New Hampshire.
The bridge spans the Pemigewasset River and is New Hampshire’s oldest covered bridge. It was built in 1886 and has undergone various restorations. Because of the darkness and isolation they provided, such bridges were dubbed “kissing bridges.” This bridge spans the beautiful Pemigewasset River. In Abenaki Indian language, Pemigewasset means “quick or rapid current.”
The Flume Covered Bridge is open to park maintenance vehicles, scenic tour buses, and foot traffic within The Flume park. There’s a footbridge connecting to the side of the covered bridge for walkers. The Flume Bridge is eligible for National Register of Historic Places inclusion, but no application has been filed yet. It is classified as World Guide of Covered Bridges (WGCB) number 29-05-05 and New Hampshire covered bridge #39 in the World Guide of Covered Bridges (WGCB).
There is a small fee to enter The Flume and access the covered bridge.
Avalanche Falls, The Basin, Kinsman Falls, and Mount Liberty are all located less than 2 miles from the bridge. Looking for more great spots to explore in New Hampshire? Check out the GoXplr New Hampshire Map at goxplr.com/map/new-hampshire!
Covered Bridge Specs
- Constructed: 1871
- Design/Style: Paddleford truss
- Total length: 50 feet
- Total width: 21 feet
- Carries: Flume Gorge Trail
- Crosses: Pemigewasset River
- Maintained by: New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development
- Usage: Open to maintenance vehicles and pedestrians
- World Guide Number: 29-05-05
- Address: Flume Gorge Trail
- Town: Lincoln
- State: New Hampshire
- GPS: Lat 44.0993 Lng -71.67700
- Parking notes: There are several large parking lots at the Flume Gorge Visitor Center which give visitors access to the covered bridge. Parking is free, but there is a fee to enter Flume Gorge and see the bridge.
- Parking directions: HERE
- Location directions: HERE