Exploring the Hassenplug Covered Bridge in Union County

Downstream View of the Hassenplug Covered Bridge in Union County Pennsylvania.
Downstream view of the Hassenplug Covered Bridge in Union County.

The Hassenplug Covered Bridge in Mifflinburg is the oldest existing covered bridge in Pennsylvania, and believed to be the second-oldest covered bridge in the United States!

Hassenplug Covered Bridge FAQs

When was the Hassenplug Covered Bridge built?

1825.Front of the Hassenplug Covered Bridge.

Where is the Hassenplug Covered Bridge located?

It spans Buffalo Creek on North Fourth Street in Mifflinburg.
Use GPS coordinates 40.92366, -77.04976 to navigate to the bridge.
How to find the Hassenplug Covered Bridge in Union County.

What are the dimensions of the Hassenplug Covered Bridge?

The Hassenplug Covered Bridge is 80 feet long and 16 feet wide.
Side view of the Hassenplug Covered Bridge in Union County Pennsylvania.

What type of trusses were used to construct the Hassenplug Covered Bridge?

Burr arch trusses.
Interior view of the Hassenplug Covered Bridge in Union County PA

Has the Hassenplug Covered Bridge ever been rehabilitated?

In 1959 the bridge was strengthened with a central pier, steel underpinning, and the wooden floor was replaced with an iron grill.
Plaque inside the Hassenplug Covered Bridge.

What are the inventory numbers for the Hassenplug Covered Bridge?

WGCB 38-60-03 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
NRHP 80003641 (National Register of Historic Places reference number)
Sign above the Hassenplug Covered Bridge.

Is the Hassenplug Covered Bridge still open to vehicular traffic?

Yes.
Approaching the Hassenplug Covered Bridge in Mifflinburg, Union County.

Is there parking available near the Hassenplug Covered Bridge?

Yes – the Koons Trail parking lot is adjacent to the south end of the bridge.
The Koons Trail parking area next to the Hassenplug Covered Bridge in Mifflinburg.


Nearby Attractions

The Millmont Covered Bridge is the longest covered bridge in Union County.

Millmont Red Covered Bridge over Penns Creek in Union County PA
The Millmont Covered Bridge near Mifflinburg in Union County, Pennsylvania.

Hayes Covered Bridge spans Buffalo Creek less than 3 miles west of the Hassenplug Covered Bridge.

Winter at Hayes Covered Bridge near Mifflinburg PA
Winter at Hayes Covered Bridge near Mifflinburg, PA.

Factory Covered Bridge is located along Gray Hill Road in Union County, just 2 miles west of the Interstate 80 / Route 15 interchange.

Factory Covered Bridge over White Deer Creek.
Factory Covered Bridge in Union County, Pennsylvania.

The Abandoned Alvira Munitions Bunkers are a fascinating place to explore the remnants of a WWII military installation, now part of State Game Lands 252 in Union County.

Inside one of the abandoned Alvira bunkers.
Inside one of the concrete igloo-like Alvira bunkers on State Game Lands 252 in Union County.

The 8 Best Scenic Overlooks in the Bald Eagle State Forest will introduce you to some of the most amazing vistas in this nearly 195,000 acre expanse spanning 5 counties, including Union County.

New Lancaster Valley in the Bald Eagle State Forest.
New Lancaster Valley in the Bald Eagle State Forest.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. I am John Charles Hassenplug. I do not know if I am related to the bridge people. I attended Bucknell University and graduated in !962. Does anyone know the history of the bridge people?

  2. I am a Hassenplug descendant and my Hassenplugs lived very near by. Does anyone knew who built the Hassenplug Bridge. Or does anyone know the law that established this bridge or who to find out answers to these questions?

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