Smith Rapids Covered Bridge
Town Lattice covered bridge. | Highway 70 east to Forest Road 148, east of Fifield.
The Smith Rapids Covered Bridge is the only glue-laminated Town Lattice covered bridge in Wisconsin. Constructed in 1991, the bridge uses an attractive diamond-shaped truss pattern, called the Town Lattice. The pattern was patented in the 1820’s by its designer, Ithiel Town.
The bridge passes over the South Fork of the Flambeau River, a popular destination for canoe and kayak enthusiasts to paddle in the spring and early summer or when the water levels are high enough. Adjacent to the bridge is the Chequamegaon-Nicolet National Forest’s Smith Rapids Campground. This rustic campground features equestrian sites for visitors to enjoy the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest River Saddle Trail on horseback. Snowmobilers can access the bridge off of Price County Snowmobile Trail #101. The Smith Rapids Covered Bridge is an excellent scenic backdrop which allows snowmobilers to snap memorable photographs of their ride. ATV, UTV and Off-road Motorcycle riders can visit the bridge by taking Trail #101 to the parking area and gate. From this parking area the bridge is a 5 minute hike through the campground and picnic area.
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For more information, contact the Park Falls District Ranger, USDA Forest Service, 1170 4th Avenue South, Park Falls, WI 54552, 715-762-2461.