Exploring Saint Mary’s Covered Bridge in Huntingdon County

Saint Mary's Covered Bridge with Saint Mary's Catholic Church in the background.
Saint Mary's Covered Bridge with Saint Mary's Catholic Church in the background.

Saint Mary’s Covered Bridge is the only remaining covered bridge in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania.

Located between Shade Gap and Rock Hill along Route 522, it’s certainly one you have to check off the bucket list if you’re a fan of covered bridges.

Here are some useful facts, figures, and directions to help you find and enjoy this wonderful link to Huntingdon County’s past.


Saint Mary’s Covered Bridge FAQs

When was Saint Mary’s Covered Bridge constructed?

It was built in 1896, and refurbished in 1982. Saint Mary's Covered Bridge in Huntingdon County, PA

Can I navigate to Saint Mary’s Covered Bridge by GPS?

Yes – use coordinates 40.205921, -77.878127.
Or you can navigate to Saint Mary’s Catholic Church, located directly across the road, at the following address: 20896 Croghan Pike, Orbisonia, PA 17243
A map to Saint Mary's Covered Bridge in Huntingdon County

How long is Saint Mary’s Covered Bridge?

65 feet long.
A side view of Saint Marys Covered Bridge in Huntingdon County, PA.

How wide is Saint Mary’s Covered Bridge?

17.5 feet wide.
The interior of Saint Mary's Covered Bridge in Huntingdon County, PA

Can I drive through Saint Mary’s Covered Bridge?

Yes – it is owned and maintained by Huntingdon County and open to vehicle traffic.
Approaching Saint Mary's Covered Bridge from Route 522 in Huntingdon County.

What type of trusses were used to construct Saint Mary’s Covered Bridge?

Howe trusses.
Howe trusses on Saint Mary Covered Bridge in Huntingdon County

What are the inventory numbers for Saint Mary’s Covered Bridge?

The WGCB # is 38-31-01 (World Guide to Covered Bridges).
The NRHP # is 80003503 (National Register of Historic Places reference number).
Saint Marys Covered Bridge in Huntingdon County on a winter afternoon.

When was Saint Mary’s Covered Bridge placed on the National Register of Historic Places?

March 20, 1980.
Historical sign on Saint Marys Covered Bridge.

Is the bridge known by any other names?

It is also locally known as either the Shade Gap Bridge (the nearest town) or the Shade Creek Bridge (the creek it spans).
A winter view of Saint Marys Covered Bridge in Huntingdon County, PA


Nearby Attractions

Rainbow Falls at Trough Creek State Park is one of the highlights at this nearby Huntingdon County destination.

Fall foliage at Rainbow Falls in Pennsylvania
Rainbow Falls at Trough Creek State Park in Huntingdon County.

Also don’t miss a chance to visit Balanced Rock at Trough Creek as well!

It’s located along the same trail as Rainbow Falls.

Balanced Rock at Trough Creek State Park in Huntingdon County Pennsylvania
Balanced Rock at Trough Creek State Park in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania

Indian Lookout in Huntingdon County is one of the most outstanding scenic overlooks in the Rothrock State Forest.

Exploring Indian Lookout in the Rothrock State Forest.
The author at Indian Lookout in Huntingdon County.

Raystown Lake in Huntingdon County is home to 4 magnificent scenic overlooks, as well being the largest lake entirely situated with the state of Pennsylvania.

Observation area at Hawn's Overlook above Raystown Lake.
Hawn’s Overlook at Raystown Lake in Huntingdon County.

Looking For More PA Covered Bridges?

A guide to the best covered bridges in Pennsylvania.
A guide to the best covered bridges in Pennsylvania.

Then be sure to check out the PA Covered Bridges page on this website!


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