Parke County Covered Bridges
A Destination 12 Months a Year
Are you thinking winding roads, pastoral settings, a bit of history and local food? Then Parke County is the place for you. Rounding a bend, you magically drive into a postcard world painted with the romance and beauty of a simpler time when, more than 100 years ago, the villagers of Parke County constructed covered bridges with the sturdy poplar and oak native to the area. Painted signs cautioned horse-drawn wagons to "cross at a walk." You'll want to take your time, too.
Whatever season you visit Parke County, be sure to take the driving tour of the 30 covered bridges – listed on the National Register of Historic Places – in nine communities. When you’re at the Mansfield bridge, stop in the Historic Mansfield Roller Mill to see it in operation. Across from the Roseville bridge, grab a bite to eat at the Rock Run Café & Bakery in Rosedale. Once owned by Tex Terry, a Parke County native who was the bad guy of old b-western movies, it’s known for its pizza straight from the brick oven, tenderloins and bbq ribs.