North Pole Covered Bridge
From Ripley go north on U.S. 68 1 mile then turn right on North Pole Road (C.R. 15) for 3 miles
Stream: Eagle Creek
George Miller Covered Bridge
From Russellville travel south on U.S. 62 for 1/2 mile then turn left on George Miller Road (C.R.77) for 2 miles. Stream: Eagle Creek
More than 12,000 covered bridges have dotted America's landscape since the first was built in Philadelphia in 1805. At least 3,500 of these bridges were built in Ohio.
America offered a plentiful supply of wood for bridge building by local carpenters who used one of several patented designs for the truss or supporting structure.
Why were the bridges covered? Many believe that their resemblance to a barn lessened the fear of horses at a river crossing. While they certainly provided shelter from a sudden shower or a place for Saturday night sparking, the true reason was the protection afforded the truss from constant exposure to the weather. While an uncovered wooden bridge would last about 20 years, a covered truss would last about 100. All of Brown County's remaining covered bridges have now passed the century mark.
Today, five bridges remain as a part of Brown County's local heritage and history. Three of these are open to vehicular traffic, two are by-passed and open to foot traffic.
FOR A LIST OF OHIO COVERED BRIDGES BY COUNTY CLICK HERE
OTHER ATTRACTIONS LESS THAN 30 MINUTES FROM RIPLEY
Augusta, Kentucky A leisurely ride across the Ohio River on the Augusta Ferry is a great way to view the city and the surrounding hillsides. The former Miss America, Heather Renee French, grew up here, as did George Clooney. His parents, Nick & Nina, continue to reside in Augusta. Once you've spent a day in Augusta, you'll discover for yourself why Augusta is so special. For many, it's the history - the wealth of fine homes and buildings which date back to the eighteenth century. For others it's the allure of the river and the sweeping hillsides - a natural panorama that has inspired countless artists.
Old Washington, Kentucky Travel in the footsteps of Daniel Boone and Simon Kenton along the old Buffalo Trace. The visitor center and post office are charming original log structures, as is Simon Kenton's store. This town was founded in 1775!