Cedar Covered Bridge in Madison County

Motercycle on highway driving to Cedar Covered Bridge in Madison County
We love taking the by-ways and back roads of Iowa!

For me, Madison County with its romantic Covered Bridges perfect for a movie set, John Wayne fans and a famous winery always felt tailored for adults. Recently, our family was pleasantly surprised with a kid-friendly fun weekend trip to Winterset, the City Park, Clark Tower, Pammel State Park and a visit to Cedar Covered Bridge in Madison County!

Cedar Covered Bridge in Madison County is the only covered bridge that you can drive across in a vehicle

***Sadly this bridge has been burned down. Please check back with the Madison County Chamber for updates. 

I knew the kids would love the experience of driving through a covered bridge. Cedar Covered Bridge in Madison County is one of only six remaining covered bridges and the only covered bridge you can drive your vehicle across.

Cedar Bridge is located on a gravel road between Highway G4R and Winterset. There are brown signs along the highway but they are small. Finding an address is difficult, so use the download map provided by the Madison County Chamber of Commerce.

Sillhouette of kids and dad on Cedar Covered Bridge in Madison County

Our family enjoyed this short first stop to Cedar Covered Bridge in Madison County. The kids found the bridge interesting and daddy was explaining some of the structural aspects. This is like a beautiful roadside park. There are two picnic shelters with charcoal grills.  This area would be a unique gathering location for families or large groups. 

Place/Event: Cedar Covered Bridge
Location: Cedar Bridge Rd and Nature Trail, Winterset, Iowa
Cost: Free
Grade/age range: K-12
Group size: large or small 
Hands-on: Yes
Stroller friendly: Yes
Bathrooms: Yes – rustic (no running water)
Food: No
Water: No

Plan a special picnic and some fun activities like fishing or group games. You’ll have an unforgettable day!

Picnic Shelter at Cedar Covered Bridge in Madison County
Stairs lead down to this nice shelter.
This Picnic Shelter at Cedar Covered Bridge in Madison County is assessable by all with flat smooth walkways
Flat paths lead to this shady shelter.

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