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Harrisburg Bridge- the Last Remaining Covered Bridge in Sevier County

Tonya Prater, Owner
The Last Remaining Covered Bridge in Sevier County- Harrisburg Bridge

My husband and I didn’t set out in search of covered bridges in Sevierville, but when we were trying to decide on a place to eat and passed by a brown sign pointing the way to a covered bridge, we were compelled to check it out.

It turns out that the Harrisburg Bridge is a pretty big deal. It’s the only covered bridge in Sevier County and one of four in the entire state.

The sign points the way to Harrisburg Covered Bridge in Sevier County

We turned off US 411 and drove a short distance on Old State Highway 35 when we spotted a large wooden sign pointing the way towards the bridge.

Harrisburg Covered Bridge

The Harrisburg Bridge was built to span the East Fork of the Little Pigeon River in 1875 after the original, McNutt Bridge washed away. Elbert Stephenson Early, a resident of Harrisburg, was hired to rebuild the bridge. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1975, this covered timber truss bridge is 83 feet long and 14 feet wide on the outside with nearly 11 1/2 feet of clearance inside.

Harrisburg Covered Bridge in Sevier County in Tennessee

The bridge was restored in 1972 and according to the sign on the pillar of stone near the bridge, underwent extensive renovations that were completed in 2005 after the county received a grant from the federal government.  Measures were taken to ensure the structure was restored as close to the original as possible.

The back view of the Harrisburg Covered Bridge

The bridge is a working bridge so of course we had to drive through it.

Inside the Harrisburg Covered Bridge in Sevierville, Tennessee

I was disappointed to find vandals have taken the opportunity to spray paint the “F” word on the inside of the bridge.

The view off the covered bridge

The bridge does have a window opening overlooking the river below.

While the bridge doesn’t appear to be located on a heavily trafficked road, we weren’t the only vehicle in the area. If you want to take pictures, you should probably park alongside the road and hop out of your vehicle for a better look.

Have you seen the Harrisburg Covered Bridge in Sevier County?

Cindy. Bowden

Monday 9th of November 2020

We went there just last yr 2019. We loved it ! It was like going back in time the sound of going across it was amazing. We are going back. Wonderful place to visit

Kanicka Nicley

Wednesday 15th of August 2018

Can you get married here?

Tonya Prater

Friday 14th of September 2018

Hi Kanicka, I'm not sure. The bridge is still in use so I would guess no. Protection Status
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