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New Hope Covered Bridge 35-08-05


Photo taken by Bill Eichelberger


BH Photo #126218

Street View 


Covered bridge over Whiteoak Creek on Bethel New Hope Road
Brown County, Ohio
Open to pedestrians only
Built 1878 by Josiah Bryant
- Josiah Bryant
Covered Howe through truss
Total length: 172.0 ft.
Also called
Bethel Road Covered Bridge
Approximate latitude, longitude
+38.95950, -83.91567   (decimal degrees)
38°57'34" N, 83°54'56" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
17/247360/4316326 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory numbers
ODOT 830283 (Ohio Dept. of Transportation structure file number)
WGCB 35-08-05 (World Guide to Covered Bridges number)
BH 27328 (Bridgehunter.com ID)


19th Century (8,374)
Brown County, Ohio (44)
Built 1878 (105)
Built during 1870s (1,266)
Covered (1,953)
Have street view (28,895)
Howe through truss (514)
Howe truss (642)
Josiah Bryant (1)
Ohio (4,187)
Open to pedestrians (4,581)
Through truss (16,775)
Total length 125-175 feet (6,185)
Truss (35,451)

Update Log 

  • May 21, 2022: New photos from Paul Plassman
  • February 6, 2022: New Street View added by James Back
  • February 21, 2019: New photo from James Back
  • December 7, 2015: New photos from Jack Schmidt
  • June 26, 2014: New photos from james back
  • March 18, 2014: Updated by Dave King: Added street view & imported photo
  • May 27, 2010: New photos from Bill Eichelberger
  • September 16, 2009: New photos from Brian McKee
  • October 16, 2008: New photo from Bill Eichelberger


  • Dale Travis Covered Bridge List
  • Bill Eichelberger
  • Brian McKee - bjmckee51 [at] yahoo [dot] com
  • Dave King - DKinghawkfan [at] hotmail [dot] com
  • james back
  • Jack Schmidt - jjturtle [at] earthlink [dot] net
  • James Back
  • Paul Plassman


New Hope Covered Bridge 35-08-05
Posted December 21, 2021, by RICK SHELTON (shltn [dot] rck66 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

Wonder what has happened here? I can only suggest the people living here remain vigilant.

New Hope Covered Bridge 35-08-05
Posted March 21, 2021, by Tony Dillon (spansaver [at] hotmail [dot] com)

I had to go back "several" years in the comments to piece this together.

Thank you Jillian for being vigilant over the bridge! I would much rather be questioned than have someone that didn't care... and I always enjoy chatting about the bridge with the locals. I wish we had concerned "caretakers" at every historic bridge!

New Hope Covered Bridge 35-08-05
Posted March 21, 2021, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

Here's a reminder that our remarks on the site are visible to all. It's not good to say things that might raise the ire of nearby property owners. Almost always they are protective of things nearby but are willing to talk about "their" bridge with respectful, interested people. Be nice.

New Hope Covered Bridge 35-08-05
Posted March 20, 2021, by Jillian Moore (jillianm748 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Hey we're the old poops in the white house! We have no problem with people coming and visiting the bridge, however what has been happening is a lot of drug activity and things that should not be going on so yes we protect our property and the bridge from those with I'll intent and we will call the sheriff each and every time we feel like something is going on there that should not be so to all those you really want to look at it you're more than welcome!

New Hope Covered Bridge 35-08-05
Posted July 5, 2018, by Bill Bowser (webowser [at] me [dot] com)

If you go south of New Hope about 1/4 mile on OH-68 and then east on Bethel New Hope Rd. a couple hundred yards there is easy access to the bridge on your right and no one to interfere with you.

New Hope Covered Bridge 35-08-05
Posted December 30, 2016, by Dana and Kay Klein

Hey mike, way cool bridge. Be kind to us old poops at least he is "Protecting" bridge from those with less honorable intent! Curious if any flint chips or debitage in area and if they were Flint Ridge origin or Hornstone. Happen to see any? Dana

New Hope Covered Bridge 35-08-05
Posted December 30, 2016, by Mike

Visited it on 12/29/16. I just happened to spot it back in the weeds while traveling. I drove past it and accidentally found the actual access road while trying to turn around on Rt 68. The old poop in the white house came out and glared at me, but was sensible enough to keep his mouth shut. The roadway and bridge are VERY clearly public domain so dont take any crap from the old jerk. If he engages you - tell him youre gonna call the sheriff.

Its worth getting out and looking at the foundation of the bridge on the east side. The stone work is impressive and interesting. It appears that the arches may have been replaced and re-set. See photo below. There is an empty key on the foundation - and the current arches look unweathered as does the hardware. The buttress at the base of the arches also looks new. However the arch inside the bridge is full of nails - as if posters and flyers had been hung over the years. This suggests that the arch may be the original.

The location of the bridge was thoughtfully selected. As a geologist I noticed that it was both on a straight segment of the river so as to avoid under cutting and it was on bedrock. I suspect the bedrock is limestone of the Ordovician aged "Whitewater Formation" - if this is true, it should be loaded with fossils - making a look under the bridge even more fun with kids. The sandy beach under the makes for a nice picnic spot.

New Hope Covered Bridge
Posted July 10, 2012, by Sherman Cahal (shermancahal [at] gmail [dot] com)

FYI - It's still a county owned roadway and bridge, and is not on private property as long as you park along the roadway or within the right-of-way (typically, 5 feet from edge line).

New Hope Covered Bridge
Posted June 27, 2010, by Anonumos (lcindy35 [at] yahoo [dot] com)

beautiful bridge still intact i took the family to see the bridge and the kids really thought it was cool although a fellow that lives in a white house up the street tried to stop us claiming it as private property almost ruined our trip after a descussion about it being listed as a historical bridge he let us pass