Historic Covered Bridges Driving Tour
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 different truss systems (which is what keeps a bridge standing). Click here for details about each bridge.
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.
From Frederick City, the tour is approximately 33 miles long, roundtrip. Start the tour north of Frederick at the junction of US15 (Catoctin Mountain Highway) and Old Frederick Road. Turn right (east side of US15) 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 3.9 miles to a stop sign. (Just before the stop sign you will see a sign indicating that you are now in Creagerstown.) At the stop sign make a left onto MD550. Drive 0.4 miles and make a right onto Old Frederick Road. Travel 2 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 and go through the bridge. Drive 0.3 miles to a stop sign. Make a left onto Rocky Ridge Road (MD77). Drive 2.7 miles on Rocky Ridge Road and turn right onto Graceham Road and drive for 1 mile. Then, turn left to continue on Graceham Road. In 0.6 miles continue straight onto Apples Church Road and then continue straight onto Eyler Road. Travel 0.6 miles and turn right onto Emmitsburg Road. Emmitsburg Road turns right and becomes Albert Staub Road. After 0.5 miles, turn right onto Roddy Creek Road and after 0.4 miles turn right onto Roddy Road. There is a parking lot on the right side of the road. (NOTE: The above directions from Loy's Station Park to Roddy Road Covered Bridge include a detour due to the closure of the road over Roddy Road Covered Bridge as of May 18, 2016. Repairs are underway.)
Getting Home: From the parking lot of the Roddy Road Covered Bridge make a right onto Roddy Creek Road. Drive 0.4 miles to a stop sign at the junction of US15. The ride back to the starting point is approximately 15 miles.
If you are interested in other historic bridges of Frederick County, click here.
Roddy Road Covered Bridge Repairs
On May 18, 2016, Roddy Road Covered Bridge was damaged by a box truck. Repairs are currently under way and the bridge will reopen as soon as possible. Visitors may still view the bridge, but the road crossing the bridge is currently closed. Click below for our Historic Covered Bridges Driving Tour, including a detour to view Roddy Road Covered Bridge.Learn More Today