Front view of the entrance to Humpback Bridge.
The venerable Humpback Bridge lays claim to being the oldest of Virginia's remaining covered bridges. Located in Alleghany County, just west of Covington, it was built in 1857.
The first Humpback Bridge was built in the 1820s and was washed away by a flood on May 12, 1837. The second fell victim to the flood of July 13, 1842. A third brdige collapsed in 1856.
Today's Humpback Bridge is a 100-foot-long, single-span structure is four feet higher at its center than it is at either end, thus the name "Humpback". Automotive traffice across the bridge ended in 1929 when it was replaced with a steel truss bridge.
Directions: Interstate 64 exit 10 to Route 60 and traveling one-half mile east, or by taking Route 60 west from Covington.