Fall In Frederick Is The Best Time Of Year For The Covered Bridges Tour

Fall is settling in nicely here in Frederick County and there is still plenty of outdoor activity left to be had. This weekend's weather is shaping up to be the perfect fall weekend, so why not take the opportunity to do the Frederick Covered bridge tour. I've been doing the tour every season since I moved here 3 years ago and I am of the opinion that fall is the best season to visit the bridges. That said I am sure there are other opinions out there, but honestly any time is a good time to visit the bridges. I recently discovered there is a small covered bridge in Baker Park so I usually start there. You can take the Rosemont Ave exit off of US Rt 15 and then take your immediate right on to 2nd street and park by Culler Lake. From there you can walk down the stairs and over to the path along Carroll Creek which takes you right to the spot. Sit there as long as you wish, watch and listen to the birds while the tranquil Carrol Creek strolls along past you.

Carroll Creek Covered Bridge Baker Park

From there the next stop is The Utica Mills Covered Bridge Circa 1850 in Thurmont. Head back to Rt. 15 and go north about 6 miles and veer right onto Old Frederick Rd. Drive north, cross over Devilbiss Bridge rd and continue until you come to Utica Rd and take a left. This one is tricky as it is mostly surrounded by private property but there are 2 small pull offs after you pass under the bridge you can park there and walk around. On a nice day you might see the cows out in the pasture or someone cruising by on a bicycle as it tends to be a busy road for bicyclists.

Utica Mills Covered Bridge

When finished at Utica Mills your next stop should be The Loys Station Covered Bridge (circa 1880) at Loys Station Park which is also off of Old Frederick Rd just a short 6.7 mile (11 minutes) trip north of Utica Mills. On this drive you will pass horse farms with rolling pastures, old barns and silos, and you will have stunning views of the Catoctin Mountains off in the distance. At Loys Station they've built a beautiful park where you can walk around and do some birding or other types of exploring along the edges of Owens Creek. They've also added in picnic benches and restrooms which are most welcome additions.