Pittsburg-Clarksville Covered Bridge, also known as Bacon Bridge, is located South of U.S. Route 3 on Bacon Road in Pittsburgh, NH and Clarksville, NH. This bridge connects the two New Hampshire towns crossing over the Connecticut River.
Are you looking for the best covered bridges in New Hampshire? There were 7 covered bridges built in Pittsburg NH and the Pittsburg-Clarksville covered bridge is only 1 of 3 remaining! This bridge is listed in the World Guide of Covered Bridges as number 29-04-03. It is New Hampshire covered bridge number 34. This bridge is also eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places!
This bridge is a wooden Paddleford truss bridge with added arches. This bridge is 88 feet 6 inches in length and it is 19 feet 3 inches in width. This bridge is the northernmost covered bridge crossing the Connecticut River.
It is assumed that the bridge was built in 1876 by a reference in a town record that states money was raised to build a bridge at Fletcher’s Mill, which was a sawmill that existed near the bridge site.
Records show that there was an issue regarding the payment for the bridge’s construction. Pittsburg officials approached the town of Clarksville to see if they would contribute to the cost, since two thirds of the bridge was near Fletcher’s Mill. Clarksville voted not to pay for any of the cost of the bridge.
Pittsburg-Clarksville Bridge was rehabilitated in 1974 at the cost of $6,700. Clarksville did agree to contribute to this rehabilitation and the cost was shared by Pittsburg, Clarksville, and the state of NH.
This bridge was closed to vehicle traffic in 1981 but you can still walk across it as a pedestrian. This bridge should be on your NH covered bridge list to visit! It is a pretty area and there is a small waterfall known as Fletcher Falls that you can see from the bridge.
This bridge is approximately 12 miles from Beaver Brook Falls Wayside in Colebrook, NH. It makes for a great day trip to go visit the bridge and then the waterfalls! The area is beautiful and the road from Pittsburg to Colebrook is a great road for motorcycle riding, with lots of long, swooping hills and turns. It is one of my favorite roads to ride! And of course, the waterfall at Beaver Brook Falls is amazing!
Do you love covered bridges and waterfalls as much as we do? If so, be sure to add this to your bucket list of things to do while in New Hampshire!
Have you been to Bacon Bridge or Beaver Brook Falls? If so, leave us a comment below! We would love to hear about your adventures!