Henniker, New Hampshire

Nestled in the scenic beauty of Henniker, New Hampshire, the Henniker Covered Bridge stands as an iconic landmark and a testament to traditional craftsmans.

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Nestled in the scenic beauty of Henniker, New Hampshire, the Henniker Covered Bridge stands as an iconic landmark and a testament to both traditional craftsmanship and enduring community spirit.

This beloved bridge, measuring 137 feet, was meticulously crafted in 1972 by the skilled hands of Milton Graton and his son Arnold. Employing time-honored techniques and materials, they meticulously constructed the town lattice truss bridge, preserving a piece of architectural history. The bridge's historical significance is further accentuated by the fact that it was gently pulled into place by a team of sturdy oxen, adding a touch of rustic charm to its construction story. It is estimated that the bridge costed $80,000 to construct.

One unique aspect of the Henniker Covered Bridge is that, unlike many covered bridges designed to carry vehicular traffic, it is exclusively open to pedestrians, welcoming walkers, runners, and cyclists. This focus on providing a tranquil and safe passage makes it a treasured location for leisurely strolls and recreational activities.

Some affectionately refer to this bridge as the New England College Covered Bridge, given its proximity to New England College, which maintains this beloved landmark. As such, it holds a special place in the hearts of both local residents and the academic community.

With a Bridge World Guide Number of 29-07-12, the Henniker Covered Bridge is not only a local gem but also a recognized part of a broader international heritage of covered bridges.

The bridge's enduring charm makes it a delightful destination year-round, but it truly shines during the vibrant fall foliage season. Visitors are not only treated to the rustic beauty of the bridge but can also explore the Contoocook River's picturesque surroundings through the trails of Azalea Park, adjacent to the bridge. Benches thoughtfully placed in the park invite visitors to sit and soak in the natural beauty.

In essence, the Henniker Covered Bridge is not just a bridge; it's a living testament to the enduring craftsmanship of a bygone era and the timeless allure of New Hampshire's natural splendor. Whether for a peaceful walk, a jog, or simply to appreciate the rich history it represents, this bridge continues to be a cherished part of Henniker's cultural landscape.

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Western Avenue, Henniker, New Hampshire

GPS Coordinates:
43.177446, -71.824230
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Parking Notes:
The bridge can be accessed via a short walk from several parking spots in Downtown Henniker. One of the best parking lots can be found behind the Tucker Free Library. There are about 50 parking spots behind the library that are free to use.


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