Covered Bridge Trail Review

Check out Covered Bridge Trail if you’re looking for a hike in Cuyahoga Valley National Park moderately challenging hike with a beautiful covered bridge!

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Surface Type: Trail

Elevation Change: 738 (second highest elevated trail of the challenge!)

Length: Supposedly 5.9, but my watch clocked 6.1

Route Type: Double loops

Parking Lot: Super crowded, get there early! No street parking for this one.

Covered Bridge Trail Review

This trail is not for the couch to trail hiker! With over 700 feet of elevation change that was slick with mud, at least four river crossings, and many downed trees, Covered Bridge felt like an obstacle course at times. It was a great trail with a ton of variation. I would recommend waiting a few days after any rain and a week at least after snowmelt. This is because the steep sections were tough with how muddy and slick they were. Maybe I was just struggling because of being attached to an overenthusiastic dog.

The covered bridge is also beautiful in winter! Photo by Jamye Jamison

I had a great time on this trail but I am definitely glad I didn’t tackle it early in the challenge. The first loop was pretty deserted but the second loop had many hikers for an early cool day. This is probably a better hike during the week due to how small the parking lot is. (However, if you plan on this trail and there’s no parking, continue on Everett Road road to Bolanz road to park at the Hunt Farm trailhead. From here, you can do the first part of Furnace Run to get you to the trailhead for this hike).

Covered Bridge Trail Variations

If you wanted to add some length, park at the Everett parking lot, do the two loops for Covered Bridge, and then add in Furnace Run for some elevation. If you don’t feel like doing the whole six miles, the first loop was the more enjoyable one (unless river crossings are your thing). 

For a complete list of trails, check out my full challenge post!

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Updated December 4, 2023

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