Packard Hill Covered Bridge

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Packard Hill Covered Bridge is a beautiful modern covered bridge located in Lebanon, New Hampshire. The bridge was built in 1991 to bring Riverside Drive over the Mascoma River.  The bridge spans 76 feet long and is about 25 feet wide. It is currently open to pedestrians and cars. There is a single lane for cars and a covered walkway for pedestrians.

The bridge features a wonderful covered Howe truss design. A Howe truss is a type of truss bridge that consists of chords, verticals, and diagonals with tensioned vertical members and compressed diagonal elements. William Howe created the Howe truss in 1840, and it saw widespread use as a bridge in the mid-to-late 1800s. This design type was used for the Packard Hill Covered Bridge because a Howe truss bridge was built in the same location in the 1850s.

Visiting and photographing Packard Hill Covered Bridge is a wonderful experience. This covered bridge is surrounded by lush forests and a scenic river, making it the perfect place to take photos. As you explore the covered bridge, be sure to take the time to admire its unique architecture and design. Not only will you be able to take amazing pictures, but you will also feel a sense of history as you explore this historic structure. Getting to the river bank is also pretty easy. Ultimately, checking out this covered bridge is an experience that you won’t soon forget!

Accessing the covered bridge is super easy thanks to the dedicated parking area located just a few feet from the bridge along. The parking lot can be found off Hardy Hill Road and can hold about a half-dozen cars. Parking is free.

Covered Bridge Specs

  • Constructed: 1991
  • Design/Style: Howe truss
  • Total Length: 76 feet
  • Total Width: 25 feet
  • Carries: Riverside Drive
  • Crosses: Mascoma River
  • Maintained By: City of Lebanon
  • Usage: Vehicles and pedestrians permitted
  • World Guide Number: 29-05-50

Packard Hill Covered Bridge Location

  • Address: Riverside Drive
  • Town: Lebanon
  • State: New Hampshire
  • GPS: 43.638676, -72.222432
  • Parking Notes: There is a dedicated parking area for the covered bridge located just a few steps east of the covered bridge. This parking lot is off Hardy Hill Road.
  • Parking Directions: HERE
  • Location Directions: HERE

4 reviews for Packard Hill Covered Bridge

  1. Peter

    Love the Packard Hill Covered Bridge!

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  2. Robin Sears

    Wonderful bridge

    Image #1 from Robin Sears
  3. Millie Morris

    One of the finest bridges in NH! Packard Hill Covered Bridge is always a fun place to stop at

    Image #1 from Millie Morris
  4. Juergen Hiller

    This bridge is a great place to photograph in Lebanon, New Hampshire! Love this covered bridge!

    Image #1 from Juergen Hiller
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