Kings County, N.B.

covered bridge bicycle tour


Explore the Covered Bridge Capital of Atlantic Canada!


Visit 8 of Kings County’s 16 covered bridges along an 80 km route


(As mentioned in Canadian Living magazine, August 2005)


From Exit 195 off Route 1 at Sussex, follow Route 890 one km to the Salmon covered bridge park. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the bridge, while getting a closer look at the Howe Truss design. Immediately after this bridge, turn right on to Plumweseep Cross Road and follow 3 km to Plumweseep Road. Turn right at stop sign, and follow Plumweseep Road one km to Plumweseep covered bridge. Turn around and follow Plumweseep Road 5 km to Knightville Road. Turn right onto Knightville Road, and go approx. 11 km to Oldfields Road on your left. Turn onto the two-km, gravel Oldfields Road, passing through Oldfields covered bridge on your way to Route 890. The Oldfields covered bridge represents NB in the 1992 special series of quarters issued to mark Canada’s 125th birthday. Turn left at stop sign onto Route 890, heading towards Sussex. Go 11 km before turning onto Roachville Road. Follow Roachville Road for 5 km, through the Tranton covered bridge, to Route 121. The Tranton bridge was the last in the area to be built. Turn left onto Route 121, under the highway overpass.



The Oldfields covered bridge represents NB in the 1992 special series of quarters issued to mark Canada’s 125th birthday.




Covered bridges were built  for practical reasons. They last longer than open bridges – 80 to 100 years vs. the 15 years of an uncovered span.


Follow Route 121 along Kennebecasis River through rolling rural countryside for approx. 33 km, passing through the Village of Norton along the way. West of Norton, shortly past the junction with Route 855, Bloomfield Station Road is to your left, leading to Hwy 1. Travel 3 km along Bloomfield Station Road to the Bloomfield Creek covered bridge. Return to Route 121 and continue west, through the Town of Hampton (Kings County’s Shiretown or County Seat). John Peters Humphrey, co-writer of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, was born and is buried here. The community is also famous for its marshes.

Route 121 becomes Route 100 as you leave Hampton. Follow Route 100 until turnoff to Darlings Island on your right. Follow Darlings Island Road to Darlings Island covered bridge, on your left. A stone bridge, which replaced it, is immediately next to it.



Retrace your path to Route 100, heading back towards Hampton. Nearing the western border of Hampton, turn right from Route 100 onto Route 860. Follow Route 860 to the community of French Village, watching for the blue covered bridge signs. The road becomes Lakeside Road after passing under Hwy 1. The first covered bridge road signs will direct you to the French Village covered bridge, on Route 860 to your right. This is one of the longest remaining covered bridges in the area, measuring 57 metres. After visiting the bridge, return to the main section of Route 860. Turn right, and continue approx. 2 km to Damascus Road on your right. There you will find the Smithtown covered bridge, your final bridge of the day. Afterwards, return to Route 860 and travel back to Hampton to unwind and conclude your cycling tour of Kings County’s wonderful covered bridges.


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Most Kings County covered bridges are of the Howe truss design, a construction technique first seen in 1840 that allowed for longer bridges and lead the way to iron bridges.







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