Scenic USA - New Hampshire

Albany Covered Bridge

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Albany Covered Bridge - White Mountain National Forest, Albany, New Hampshire

Photos by Ben Prepelka
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     Only one-fifth the size of Pennsylvania, surprisingly New Hampshire is able to boast of fifty-four historic wooden covered bridges. Specifically protected by a 1963 state law, these historic structures are spread throughout the state, with each bridge location offering a unique setting. Very often, these bridges are accompanied with a clear running, photogenic New Hampshire stream or river.
      Located along the Swift River and New Hampshire's very scenic Kancamagus Highway, the Albany Covered Bridge is a popular stop for all byway travelers. Still carrying automobile traffic today, the Albany Covered BridgeU.S. Forest Service has taken steps to preserve the bridge and improve the strength of it truss system. Dating back to 1858 when Almzi Russell and Leandre Morton built the bridge, its Paddleford truss was sufficent. With heavier vehicles in use today, steel supports were added for strenth.
     Here among its beautiful surroundings in the White Mountains, the Albany Bridge has always been a photographer's favorite. Especially busy during the peak of the fall season, be sure to use the nearby Forest Service parking lot where access to the bridge is very easy. Either side of the Swift River lures in both photographers and anglers. During spring and summer, the free flowing Swift River attracts those that enjoy canoeing, kayaking, sightseeing, fishing and camping (Requires a WMNF Recreation Pass-see link below). Beginning on Mount Kancamagus, the Swift River flows east along the Kancamagus Highway for 26 miles. With its watershed located almost entirely in the White Mountain National Forest, the Swift River is one of the cleanest rivers in the state.

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