Kennebecasis River’s Malone Covered Bridge #23

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There are dozens of covered bridges throughout New Brunswick. You can find one of them on a short detour off of the road to Fundy National Park.  The Malone Bridge, also known as the Kennebecasis River Bridge, is still in good condition, and driveable.

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To find the Malone Covered Bridge, head south from New Brunswick 1 on Route 114.  Watch for Goshen Road (or a covered bridge sign) and turn left.  It’s about 7 kilometers down the dirt road.

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As I was headed down New Brunswick Route 114, I was planning on making a straight line towards the Fundy coast.  After all, I had a long way to drive on this day — all the way to Halifax.  But then I saw a sign by the side of the road pointing towards a covered bridge, about 7 kilometers away.  Once I converted kilometers to miles in my head, I decided that wasn’t too far to drive, so I took the detour.

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At the very end of September, this road was starting to show some splashes of fall colors.  It probably would have been even better in about a week.  Along the way, I was hoping some of those colorful trees would be positioned photogenically around the covered bridge.

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The Malone Covered bridge was built in 1911.  It’s 64 feet long, and it was constructed using a Howe truss design — just in case you’re interested in such things.

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For an old bridge, it’s in pretty good shape.  You can walk across it and drive across it without worry.

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You can also make your way down to the edge of the Kennebecasis River (really just a creek at this point) for a different angle on the bridge.  Unfortunately, none of those trees were changing color during my visit.  Your best bet for fall colors would probably be around mid-October, assuming 2016 was an average year.

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Just beyond the covered bridge, there’s a beautiful old barn at the edge of some farmland.  If you kept going on this road, you could eventually loop back to Highway 1 — but that’s in the opposite direction of the Fundy coast.  So, I backtracked to Highway 114, to continue my drive towards the park.

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Here’s a look at the time-lapse video of the drive from Highway 1 out to the Malone Covered Bridge:

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The short drive out to the Malone Covered Bridge will only take a few minutes out of your schedule.  It’s a nice scenic detour that, quite honestly, was more interesting than anything I saw while driving through Fundy National Park.  So, it’s worth the time.

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