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Clarkson Covered Bridge



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Tony Harris, Park Manager

Tony Harris
Smith Lake Park
Clarkson Covered Bridge

Phone: 256-739-2916 | Email


About the bridge...

Visitor Guidelines (PDF)

Photographers Guidelines (PDF)

Open daylight hours
7 days/week

Free Admission!

Outdoor Wedding: $50.00

Reception Room
at Welcome Center: $100.00

Cabin Rental
$135.00 plus tax,
2 night minimum.
Requires $120.00
Damage and Key Deposit

1240 County Road 1043
Cullman, AL 35057

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One of Cullman's most well known attractions and historically rich sites, Clarkson Covered Bridge, originally built in 1904, and was once used regularly by farmers and travelers to cross Crooked Creek, the weatherworn bridge is now closed to traffic, the centerpiece of a park built in period fashion to showcase the bridge and its historical significance. The bridge was torn in two, in 1921 by a huge storm. One piece was left intact, the other swept down stream and soon salvaged. One year later, the project to repair the bridge with the salvaged material was completed.

Grist Mill at Clarkson Covered Bridge

On June 25, 1974, Clarkson Covered Bridge was named to the National Register of Historic Places. Shortly thereafter, in 1975, the Cullman County Commission restored the site with the help of concerned citizens as part of the American Bicentennial Project, embellishing the grounds with hiking trails, a picnic area, and two period structures built to accent the historical nature of the bridge: a Dogtrot log cabin and a working grist mill. Located just off U.S. Highway 278 in Bethel, Clarkson Bridge is the site of the Old Fashioned Days event, an annual fundraiser for the park system, as well as numerous weddings, car shows and various other activities.

Cabin Rental

Enjoy a peaceful, quiet, and refreshing weekend in this beautiful and historic park. Our cabin offers three bedrooms, two baths, fully furnished, with a full kitchen and two porches to enjoy your time in this wooded paradise. Two night minimum stay. Call 256-739-2916 to make your reservations, today.

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