Mt Zion Covered Bridge Springfield, KY

This weekend we went looking for something new to see in Kentucky. We decided to track down another one of the remaining covered bridges near us. The Mt. Zion Covered Bridge wasn’t too far away and easy to find. Built in 1871, we were excited to see how this covered bridge looked after over 140 years.

Mt Zion Covered Bridge

Built 1871, 246 ft. in length, 11 ft. wide. Burr arch truss design. The longest multi-span covered bridge in Kentucky. National Register of Historic Places.

From a distance, this bridge looked like it has stood the passage of time in remarkable condition. But as we got closer, we saw that local graffiti artists have made this historic bridge their canvas. I was very glad that my youngest son can’t read really well yet. We just told the kids to look around at the bridge and ignore the words. It is disgusting to me that people will ruin something over 140 years old with filth.

Mt Zion Covered bridge

Looking at the pictures makes me realize how ready I am for Spring! This will be a picturesque view when the trees are green.

Mt Zion Covered Bridge

Covered bridges are such a reminder of our past, when horses and buggies were the norm and people lived a slower pace life. They are a nostalgic look back that should be preserved.

family on covered bridge

Mt Zion Covered Bridge

Last summer we visited the Covered Bridge Capital of Kentucky in Fleming County. There are some beautiful bridges there!


Located on Ky 458
Springfield, KY 40069

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What’s your favorite covered bridge in your area of the country? I’d love to hear.

About Sharon Williams

Sharon Williams is a mom of 3 who loves to read, travel, take pictures, work in the flowers and spend time with family. When she's not blogging, she's probably out enjoying life so she'll have something fun to blog about tomorrow!


  1. says

    Wow theu sure did cover that bridge with graffiti…. I don’t think i’ve ever seen a covered bridge like this though. Ive been trying to venture out and see new things as well, its fun to see things as they age or for the first time.

  2. says

    I love bridges. This is even more fun because it’s closed to traffic – though it looks like it would fall down if a car tried to pass over it :)

  3. says

    It’s so great that historical things like this still exist in our busy crazy world-they have a way of instantly transporting you back to when life was slow and simple. I grew up in Iowa only 30 minutes from the covered Bridges that inspired the movie “Bridges of Madison County” and can you believe I never went to see them? Ridiculous. Maybe I’ll make it a priority on our next visit back there!

  4. Ritchie says

    Really enjoyed this post. Even the graffiti makes its own social statement, doesn’t it! I was distressed to see this beautiful piece of history so defaced. On another thought…this reminded me of my journey across Ashtabula County Covered Bridges in Ohio. There are 16 on the tour map and I visited almost all of them. There’s a huge festival each October, so I will gather my photos ASAP and send them to you to share with readers who may be journeying north. I think I enjoy covered bridges almost as much as lighthouses.

  5. says

    Oh, I love covered bridges! That is so sad that it now has grafiti all over it! :-( It is so fun to go back in time….. Maybe that is why I love to read :-)

  6. says

    There used to be a lot of covered bridges. So sad that they are all marked up. To bad they couldn’t catch some the defacers and make them clean off their mess. Thanks for sharing!

  7. says

    The graffiti took away the bridge’s true skin. The bridge got tattoos that it didn’t want. Looks like the bridge is safe enough to stand and walk on? How wonderful that you could still enjoy it as such.

  8. says

    Wouldn’t it be lovely to go back to the old days when things mattered more, everything was more basic and people had pride in what they did. I do hope the bridge is protected by some historic society etc, it would be such a shame to loose such important history.

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