Campbell's Covered Bridge, Landrum, South Carolina

October 29, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I've always loved covered bridges.  It's from a time period long ago, but they are a favorite to photograph - so I'll seek them out when I get a chance.  This one was painted 'classic red' - always a great way to add color to the photograph (and bridge).  We took a side road a bit off our path to visit this covered bridge called "Campbell's Covered Bridge" located in Landrum, South Carolina (the official address is  171 Campbell Covered Bridge Rd, Landrum, SC 29356).  Campbell's Covered Bridge is a wooden covered bridge in northeastern Greenville County, South Carolina, near the small town of Gowensville, and crosses Beaverdam Creek off Pleasant Hill Road.

This was our first glimpse of the bridge as we got out of the car and walked a very short distance.

A quick google search indicates the bridge was first opened in 1909 and is 38 feet in length (much shorter than the bridge in last week's blog). The bridge is open to foot traffic only now and runs over a river.  It is mid-October, but not much in terms of fall color has started in the trees here near the mountains in South Carolina.  As we walked up the walkway towards the bridge, they have a well and an open field available for walking and enjoying the view.  I suppose you could also have picnics, play games (although it's a hill) and do other things - we sat down on the closest bench and enjoyed the view.

Campbell's Covered Bridge is named for Alexander Lafayette Campbell (1836-1920), owner of a nearby grist mill who allowed his property to be used for the bridge's construction.  The bridge was built by Charles Irwin Willis (1878-1966).  There is a historical marker on the other side of the bridge. In case you're curious about the construction of the bridge on the inside, here's a photo showing how the interior is built.

The bridge looks like it is leaning a bit, but was definitely safe for pedestrians to walk across.

I walked down the little slope on the far side of the bridge to see what the view was and how the bottom portion of the bridge looks.  Not much of the bridge itself is visible with all the trees, but it does show the stones holding up the end of the bridge.

The leaves in the creek flowing under the bridge show small hints that autumn is coming as the leaves are different colors (not all brown and green), but still several weeks away.

If you're a covered bridge seeker, this is a nice place to stop and photograph.


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