Announcing a new event for The Montgomery County Photography Meetup Group!
What: Bridge Tour Road Trip
When: Sunday, October 28, 9:00 AM
Where: Click the link below to find out!
Event Description: The following description is taken from the Tourism Council of Frederick County website. We can add other bridges in the area if anyone has other suggestions.
Northern Frederick County is home to three historic covered bridges. All three bridges are listed on the National Park Service?s National Register of Historic Places. The Utica Mills, Loy?s Station, and Roddy Road covered bridges all cross streams in northern Frederick County, within twelve miles of one another. Besides their beauty, the bridges are also structurally interesting, as all three have a different truss systems (which is what keeps a bridge standing).
Driving Tour Directions
These three bridges have a weight restriction of 30,000 lbs. Roddy Road covered bridge is posted for 8 foot 6 inch height restriction and Utica Mills is posted for 9 foot 6 inches height restriction. Loy's Station is not posted for height. Use caution when viewing these bridges, these are narrow roadways and motorists may have difficultly seeing you.
This tour is approximately 33 miles long, roundtrip. Start the tour north of Frederick at the junction of Route 15 North and Route 26. From this point, drive 4.3 miles north and turn right onto Old Frederick Road. Drive 1.5 miles and make a left onto Utica Road, to Utica Mills Covered bridge.
Return to Old Frederick Road and make a left onto Old Frederick Road. Drive 4.1 miles to a stop sign. (Right before the stop sign you will see a sign indicating that you are now in Creagerstown.) At the stop sign make a left onto Route 550. Drive .4 miles and make a right onto Old Frederick Road. Travel 2.1 miles and make a left into the parking lot of Loy?s Station Park.
From the parking lot of Loy?s Station Park, make a left, through the bridge. Drive .3 miles to a stop sign. Make a left onto Rocky Ridge Road. Drive 2.9 miles on Rocky Ridge Road and make a right on Apples Church Road in Thurmont. Go straight on this road for 1.6 miles to the bridge (the road will become Roddy Road at the Graceham intersection). Drive through the Roddy Road Covered Bridge to a parking lot on the left.
Getting Home: From the parking lot of the Roddy Road Covered Bridge make a right onto Roddy Creek Road. Drive .4 miles to a stop sign at the junction of Route 15. Cross the highway and make a left onto Route 15 South. The ride back to the starting point is approximately 15 miles.
Learn more here:http://photo.meetup.com/203/calendar/6536349/