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“Covered Bridges Span the Saco River”
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Ranked #18 of 60 things to do in Conway
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Texas Gulf Coast, Texas
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“Covered Bridges Span the Saco River”
Reviewed July 7, 2013

On the Saco River in New Hampshire are two historic covered bridges. In Bartlett Township, located just off US 302 and visible from the highway, the single-span, 166-ft (50.6-m) Bartlett Bridge (1857) uses a Paddleford truss and an arch to cross the river. Its exterior structure is painted red with white trim. Very limited parking is onsite. Closed to traffic, a private, seasonal gift shop now occupies the span. Its presence limits its scenic appeal for photographers. Downriver in Conway, located on Washington Street near NH 113, the red-roofed, sidewalk bearing, two-span, 225-ft (68.6-m) Saco River Bridge (1890) also uses a Paddleford truss and an arch to span the same river. Its exterior structure is mostly beautifully weathered wood. Each portal is painted green with white trim. Plentiful parking is in a nearby riverside park. Excellent bridge views are available there. Open to traffic, the Saco River is one of New Hampshire’s most scenic, accessible, and well-preserved covered bridges. I enjoy seeing it during peak fall foliage and in every other season.

Visited October 2012
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Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
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“Beautiful, clear, cold water.”
Reviewed July 2, 2013

Beautiful scenery and the water is amazing clear. Plenty of places offer transportation, for a fee, up the river so you an then float down on a tube/canoe/kayak to your car/campsite. Stop on the way down for a picnic.

Visited June 2013
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Denton, Texas
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“Beautiful, lots of fun”
Reviewed June 2, 2013

A day on the Saco is a great day. The water is clean and refreshing and the scenery is beautiful. Rent a kayak or just float on a tube. Only negative point is that it can get crowded on summer weekends.

Visited August 2012
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South Tamworth, New Hampshire, United States
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
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“Great place to float”
Reviewed May 3, 2013

Rent a canoe, pack a lunch and spend a nice day on the gentle river. Weekends get crazy crowded in the summer, so off season or weekdays are better times go. Unless you like shouting, drinking, and splashing from strangers. Which some people do like, just not me.

Visited August 2012
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Jefferson,NH
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“Heaven on Earth.”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

We stayed a a campground for a week right on the Saco River. We, including small children, floated down the river on tubes. You don't have to rent expensive canoes to enjoy the river. There were a couple of sandy beaches which were great for picnics, sunbathing, and the kids to play in. The river was only deep in spots and the current made it possible for us to catch a ride without having to paddle. It is one of the must do's for summer.

Visited August 2012
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