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This is the Only Covered Bridge in Florida on the Public Right of Way, and it's a Florida Heritage Site

L. Cane

When you think of covered bridges, you may think of Vermont, which has more covered bridges (over 100) than any state in America. For many people, there's something romantic and nostalgic about covered bridges, and many people enjoy visiting them.

If you love covered bridges and are a visitor to or resident of Florida, you aren't out of luck. Although there are some covered bridges on private properties (many are wedding venues,) one bridge is on the public right of way in Florida. That makes it easy to visit, and its location is close to Ft. Lauderdale, so it's not hard to make a day of it.

The Coral Springs Covered Bridge: This 40-foot covered bridge was the first permanent structure built by the city of Coral Springs in approximately 1964. The bridge crosses N.W. 95th Avenue just south of Wiles Road in Coral Springs. The tobacco designs on the bridge were said to make it look more "seasoned". One design features the Bull of the Woods logo, and the other is a peach snuff logo.

Although the bridge has been on the possible path of two hurricanes (Cleo in 1964 and Wilma in 2005,) it sustained little damage from either one. The bridge has been awarded a Florida Heritage Site Marker, which signifies its significance in architecture and Florida history.

What Else Can You Do in Coral Springs?: Coral Springs has a population of 137,054 and is fast-growing. It is arguably a nice place to visit for nature lovers or those on the way to Ft. Lauderdale. Below are two options.

The 66-acre Tall Cypress Natural Area is a popular place to hike and bird-watch, with woodpeckers and herons often in view. The Sawgrass Nature Preserve and Wildlife Hospital is a nonprofit that cares for over 850 injured or orphaned Florida animals annually. The Preserve offers tours on most days except for Mondays.

Coral Springs is also only 20 miles northwest of Ft. Lauderdale, which Bloomberg has named one of 21 travel bucket list destinations. Real Simple named Ft Lauderdale as a beach vacation that won't break the bank. One can see the bridge and visit Ft. Lauderdale during the same outing.

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