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Valley Pike Covered Bridge 17-81-02


Photo taken by Bill Eichelberger


BH Photo #125991



Kingpost through truss bridge over Lee's Creek in Fernleaf
Fernleaf, Mason County, Kentucky
Replaced by a new bridge
The Valley Pike bridge is the only privately owned historic covered bridge in the state of Kentucky. In 1972 it was rebuilt by Stock Bower.
Kingpost through truss
Span length: 24.0 ft.
Total length: 24.0 ft.
Also called
Bouldin Bridge
Daugherty Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.67450, -83.87200   (decimal degrees)
38°40'28" N, 83°52'19" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/250149/4284571 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Maysville West
Inventory number
BH 37623 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • August 16, 2017: New photos from Melissa Jurgensen
  • September 24, 2016: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • August 18, 2016: New photos from Janis Ford
  • February 17, 2010: Updated by Bill Eichelberger: Added GPS coordinates.
  • October 24, 2008: New photo from Bill Eichelberger
  • October 15, 2008: Added by Bill Eichelberger


  • Bill Eichelberger
  • Wikipedia
  • Janis Ford
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • Melissa Jurgensen


Valley Pike Covered Bridge 17-81-02
Posted May 9, 2018, by Melissa Jurgensen

I have since spoken with the owner. The bridge was removed on Friday, April 27, 2018. After the severe damage it received in the flooding at the end of July 2017 he considered the bridge a safety hazard. He spent his own money trying to save the bridge but in the end, he felt that removal was the best thing to do. He did salvage some of the bridge but does not believe the timbers date back to 1864.

Valley Pike Covered Bridge 17-81-02
Posted May 6, 2018, by Melissa Jurgensen (mjurgensen [at] hotmail [dot] com)

The bridge has been replaced at an unknown date after I last phptpgraphed it in August 2017

Valley Pike Covered Bridge 17-81-02
Posted August 18, 2017, by Royce and Bobette Haley (roycehaley111 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

It seems to me this bridge is actually functioning as a beam rather than a Kingpost.

Valley Pike Covered Bridge 17-81-02
Posted August 17, 2017, by Melissa Jurgensen

I have added pictures from my August 12, 2017 visit showing the damage. The property owner granted permission for me to see the bridge.

Valley Pike Covered Bridge 17-81-02
Posted August 13, 2017, by Melissa Jurgensen

The bridge was severely damaged in flash flooding on July 22, 2017 and is barely hanging on. The landowner gave me permission to photograph it up close on August 12, 2017. Pictures will be added.