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Bull's Bridge, Kent

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Bull's Bridge is a single-lane vehicular wooden covered bridge across the Housatonic River in the town of Kent, Connecticut, close to the state border with New York. The first instance of a bridge at this location was constructed by Jacob and Isaac Bull in 1760, which gave the bridge its name. Popular legend suggests that George Washington crossed the bridge with the Bull's assistance while still under construction. The current bridge was built in 1842 from timber, with additional supports added in the 19th and 20th centuries. Built with a Town lattice design, the bridge has reinforced trusswork visible on the interior. At the time of its nomination to the National Register of Historic Places the roof had wood shingles. It is historically significant as one of three surviving covered bridges in Connecticut, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.LocationThe bridge is 109ft long and crosses the Housatonic River in the northwest corner of the state, half a mile from the border with New York State. The main highway, US Route 7 is close to the bridge and runs parallel with the river along western Connecticut. Unlike the majority of the state, the area is predominantly woodland and popular for hiking and watersports. It is downstream from a hydroelectric dam outlet to the river, and the prominence of waterfalls and rapids makes it a popular tourist route.
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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Great place for photos any time of year. Washington's horse fell off this bridge! Fabulous hiking trails in this location with birds eye view of the Housatonic River. 
  • We decided to take a Sunday destination drive and looked at cover bridges in CT. We live in Wallingford and the Bull's Bridge was a good day trip. Besides that, George Washing crossed it. The bridge w...  more »
  • The Bulls Bridge is one the few wooden bridges left in New England were you can still drive your vehicle over. Very scenic bridge over a gorge. Great for walking or hiking. Great restaurant across the...  more »
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  • Bull's Bridge is always great! Great servers, tasty food and a low key atmosphere. Prices are reasonable.
  • Delicious food, awesome salad bar
  • Great place to eat jambalaya is the best
  • The food is good and there is a nice salad bar
  • Great place, sit at the bar and enjoy the local color.