Hike to the Thomas Mill Covered Bridge

Hike to the Thomas Mill Covered Bridge

Rate this Adventure Wissahickon Creek Gorge: Orange Trailhead

Distance

1 Miles

Activities

Chillin, Photography, Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Year Round

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Mike Servedio

Forest
Picnic Area
Scenic
Waterfall

Take a short hike and photograph the only covered bridge in Philadelphia/ the only covered bridge in a major U.S. city.

Built in 1855, the Thomas Mill Covered Bridge is an 85 foot long Howe-truss bridge located about 1/2 mile from the nearest road in Wissahickon Valley Park.

Hiking to the bridge is easy and there are two routes to choose from. Start at either of the parking areas on Bells Mill Road. You can either hike south on Forbidden Drive, the flat and wide multi-use walking/bike path that follows the Wissahickon Creek for 8 miles or take the Orange Trail (which I used) and is a hiking path (but also used by mountain bikers) on the other side of the creek. 

Either route will get you to the bridge in roughly .6 miles from Bells Mill Road, about a 10 minute walk. There are lots of vantage points to photograph from on both sides of the bridge. Be sure to explore them all.

There are lots of options to extend your hike in the Wissahickon from the bridge as well. Hike further south to the Tedyuscung statue or the Rex Avenue Bridge or even on to Valley Green and Devil's Pool. Hike up into Houston Meadow, west of the bridge. Or do it all in one hike, one of my favorite hikes in the Wissahickon.  

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

Nearby Lodging

From $130/night

Arrowhead Farm Stables

Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania

From $130/night

Nockamixon Forest Camp

Ottsville, Pennsylvania

From $130/night

Pinelands Getaway

Southampton Township, New Jersey

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating:  Rate this Adventure

Have you done this adventure? Leave a review!

Distance

1 Miles

Activities

Chillin, Photography, Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Year Round

Type

Out-and-Back

Added by

Mike Servedio

Nearby Adventures

Adventure

Hike the Wissahickon Gorge: Valley Green and Two Meadows Loop

Adventure

Hike the Wissahickon Creek Gorge Orange and White Trail

Adventure

Run the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk

Adventure

Photograph the Benjamin Franklin Bridge

More Nearby Adventures

Related Stories

destinations

WATCH: A Way of Life Under Attack - 'Welcome to Gwichyaa Zhee'

All over this country, indigenous people are literally just fighting for their identity.

gear

Patagonia's First Ever Product Collaboration: Danner & Patagonia Wading Boots

Debuted at Summer Outdoor Retailer 2018, Patagonia's newest fly fishing products are now available.

activities

The World's Gnarliest Bike Race: 1000+ Miles on the Silk Road

"How tough it will be cannot be understated, but as Mike Hall once said, 'Nothing that’s worth an...

photography

How Landscape Photographers Can Improve at Leave No Trace

We often talk about “leaving no trace” in the outdoors. You don't take anything from the wilderne...

More Stories