Covered bridges are a rare find in north Delaware, and they can both be found in the Brandywine Valley. Brackenville Bridge is on Brackenville Road near RT 82 and the Ashland Nature Center. Be sure to drive carefully as there can be children playing around the bridge as they are visiting Ashland.
The second is Smith's Bridge, which is on Smithbridge Rd. It may be in PA, but it's really darn close to DE if it's not. This bridge was recovered a year ago after a year-long reconstruction. The bridge was covered at its beginning and then became an uncovered wooden bridge. Time weathered it and the boards warped. Though it was sturdy enough, the look of the bridge was enough to frighten some people from attempting to cross it. The restoration project changed everything.
This bridge is now a state of the art covered bridge. It is still one lane. It is a gorgeous bridge stretching over the Brandywine River and the boards run lengthwise now rather than across. This provides a very smooth ride across that is not at all remiscent of the rickety sounding Smith's Bridge of old.