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Romantic Shelters are non-authentic Covered Bridges mostly located on private property. Many of them are new, well-cared for bridges, built for nostalgic reasons for those who want to preserve memories of a covered bridge once a part of their past. Maryland has about 20 Romantic Shelters.
The World Guide for Covered Bridges Romantic Shelters edition assigns a number to these bridges like they do for authentic covered bridges. The first two digits represent the state, as 20 (or many now use the official state abbreviation MD) for Maryland. The middle two digits are for the county, alphabetically numbered. Lastly, a digit(s) is assigned to the bridge. If a bridge is for a vehicle crossing a capital letter is used. A lower-case letter designates a foot bridge. If a letter is followed by a "#2", it indicates a second bridge at this location. MD-10-f is assigned to Rudderow footbridge in Frederick County. MD-13-A#2 is for the second Burdette vehicle crossing bridge in Howard County.
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|BRIDGE NAME||COUNTY||WORLD GUIDE #||BUILT||LENGTH||COORDINATES||LOCATION|
|Near Flintstone. From I-68 take Exit 56 south on Williams Road for .2 mile, left on MD144 National Pike for 1.2 mile to Dry Ridge Road, left for .6 mile to Romsburg Lane, turn right and follow to the bridge. Private property, ask permission to visit bridge.|
|Manor Glen Farm||Baltimore||MD-03-a||Early 1970s||approx. 20'||N39°32'37"
|GONE. Was located at 15300 Jarrettsville Pike. The bridge was just south of Hess and the Baltimore and Hardford counties border at Little Gunpowder River.|
|Full Cry Farm||Carroll||MD-06-a||2007||28'||N39°38'3"
|Manchester/Cranberry. From intersection of MD30 (Hanover Pike/Main St) and MD27 (Manchester Rd), go southwest on MD27 for 3.2 miles to 2022 at Full Cry Farm. Bridge is on the right about 75 yards from MD27. Private property, ask permission to visit bridge.|
|River Valley Ranch||Carroll||MD-06-B||approx. early 1990s||27'-10"||N39°41'47"
|Northeast of Manchester. From intersection of MD30 (Hanover Pike/Main St) and MD27 (Manchester Rd), go south on MD30 for .2 mile to York St, turn left. Continue for .7 mile, name changes to Water Tank Rd, continue another .7 mile and stay right on Schalk Rd. Go 2.2 miles to a right onto Alecia to Lineboro Rd. Continue .9 mile where road name changes to Hoffmanville Rd. Go 1.6 miles to Graves Run Rd, turn left and continue 1.4 miles to the bridge on your right.|
|Hearts Over Water||Carroll||MD-06-c||2010||14'||approximate location
|Sykesville. From intersection of I-70 & RT32, go north, for 5 miles, turn left on Springfield Avenue (RT851), continue for .1 mile, turn right on Third Avenue. Proceed .1 mile to entrance to Fairhaven Retirement Community at 7200 Third Avenue, turn right for a short distance to Outer Drive and turn right again onto Outer Drive. Look for the first available visitor parking spot, walk through the archway under the apartments until you reach the reception area. Fairhaven Retirement Community is on Private Property. The bridge is located along the walking trails. GPS location is approximate. Permission to visit the bridge MUST be made in advance by calling the reception desk at 410-795-8800.|
|Carroll County Farm Museum||Carroll||MD-06-d||2010||30'-3"||N39°33'30"
|Westminster. Traveling NW on Route 140 (Baltimore Blvd), turn left (SW) on N. Center Street, cross Main St. & N. Center St. becomes S. Center St. Continue to Farm Museum Road and turn right (total travel distance from Rt. 140 is 1.4 mile). Continue to gray/blue building where administrative offices are located. Bridge is behind the office building.|
|GONE.Was near Glen Farms. Destroyed by flood waters from Hurricane Irene August 28, 2011. From intersection of MD273 Telegraph Rd and MD213 Lewisville Rd, go east on Telegraph Rd for 3.7 miles to Little Egypt Rd, turn left. Continue for 1.8 miles to bridge on right (SE) side of road.|
|Frederick. From US15 (west of downtown Frederick) take Exit 14 Rosemont Avenue. Go southeast on Rosemont Avenue (toward Frederick) a short distance to Fairview Avenue, turn right, go .1 mile to W. 2nd Street, turn left and proceed a short distance to bridge.|
|Cozy Restaurant||Frederick||MD-10-b||1967, moved c2014||12'||N39°37'00"
|RELOCATED to Poolesville, Montgomery County. Was located in Thurmont, at 103 Frederick Road. Now MD-15-f.|
|Holly Hills Country Club Lower||Frederick||MD-10-c||1972||17'||N39°23'4"
|Ijamsville, at Holly Hills Country Club. From intersection of I-70 and MD75 Green Valley Road, exit 62, go north .2 mile to Old National Pike/Main St., MD144, turn left and go 2.2 miles to Mussetter Road, turn left. Proceed .2 mile to Ritchie Drive, turn right and proceed .7 mile to Holly Hills Country Club on the left. Bridge is near the 6th tee.|
|Holly Hills Country Club Middle||Frederick||MD-10-d||1972||17'||N39°23'4"
|Ijamsville, at Holly Hills Country Club. From intersection of I-70 and MD75 Green Valley Road, exit 62, go north .2 mile to Old National Pike/Main St., MD144, turn left and go 2.2 miles to Mussetter Road, turn left. Proceed .2 mile to Ritchie Drive, turn right and proceed .7 mile to Holly Hills Country Club on the left. Bridge is near the 7th tee.|
|Holly Hills Country Club Upper||Frederick||MD-10-e||1972||17'||N39°23'4"
|Ijamsville, at Holly Hills Country Club. From intersection of I-70 and MD75 Green Valley Road, exit 62, go north .2 mile to Old National Pike/Main St., MD144, turn left and go 2.2 miles to Mussetter Road, turn left. Proceed .2 mile to Ritchie Drive, turn right and proceed .7 mile to Holly Hills Country Club on the left. Bridge is near the 17th tee.|
|Near Middletown. Travel west on Old National Pike, ALT US40, toward Middletown. Go 1.2 miles past the point where I-70 crosses Old National Pike to 4612, on the right just past Ridge Road. Private property, please ask permission to visit bridge.|
|Walkersville. From Route 15 north of Frederick near mile marker 18, turn east onto Biggs Ford Road for 1.8 miles, turn right (south) on Kenneth Drive for .2 mile to the entrance of Walkersville Community Park. Turn right into the parking lot. The bridge is 200 feet straight ahead from the end of the lot.|
|Casselman Motor Inn||Garrett||MD-11-b||1983||20'||N39°41'45"
|Grantsville. From I-68, take exit 19 north, S. Yoder Street MD495 for about .3 mile to Grantsville, turn right on ALT US40, Main Street and continue .3 mile to the motel and bridge on the left side at 113 E. Main St.|
|Streams and Dreams||Garrett||MD-11-c||Unk||22'||N39°31'45"
|North of Oakland. From I-68, take exit 14-A, US219 south for 13.2 miles to Sang Run Road, turn right just after the Exxon Station. Continue for one-half mile to Hoyes Run Road, turn left. Proceed 3.8 miles to Oakland-Sang Run Road, turn right. Continue around the turn and look for the bridge on your right.|
|Grantsville. From I-68, take exit 19 north, S. Yoder Street MD495 for about .3 mile to Grantsville, turn right on ALT US40, Main Street and continue .8 mile to the village and bridge on the left at 177 Casselman Road across from Penn Alps Restaurant.|
|Near Bittinger. From I-68 near Grantsville, take exit 19, MD495 Bittinger Rd south for 8 miles. Turn left on Brenneman Rd, go .2 mile to fork in road and bear right on Frank Brenneman Road. Continue for 2.4 miles to bridge on the right (west side).|
|Blooming Rose Road||Garrett||MD-11-f||unk||15'||N39°38'40"
|Near Friendsville. From Exit 4 off I-68, take take MD-42 West for 1.6 miles and turn left (south) on Blooming Rose Road. Go .9 mile to 2609 on your right. Very private. Recommend taking photos from Blooming Rose Road with a zoom lens.|
|GONE, collapsed in 2007. Was located Near Bel Air, at 402 Prospect Mill Road, .6 mile from intersection with Churchville Rd.|
|Norrisville. From the intersection of MD136 (Harkins Rd) and MD23 (Norrisville Rd), travel north .3 mile to Church Lane, turn left and proceed for .4 mile to Duncan Road. Turn right at Duncan Road and continue .6 mile to the bridge on private property at 3017, left side of road. Ask permission to visit.|
|GONE. Was located near Woodbine, off Newport Road, .2 mile from intersection with MD94 Woodbine Road. (Burdette #2 is now at this location.)|
|Near Woodbine. From I-70 west of Baltimore City, take Exit 73 MD94, Woodbine Rd north for 1 mile to Newport Rd, turn left. Continue .2 mile to a paved road on the left. When the paved road ends, continue on the dirt road to the first dirt driveway on the right. Continue to the bridge. Private property, ask permission to visit the bridge.|
|Turf Valley Resort||Howard||MD-13-b||1994||24'||N39°17'58"
|At the Turf Valley Resort. From intersection of US29 and US40 near Ellicott City, go west on US40 for 4.6 miles, then right on Marriottsville Road for .3 mile to the bridge on the right side of the road, only a few feet from fenced off area.|
|Valley Mill Park or Snowden Mill||Montgomery||MD-15-a||1960||32'-6"||N39°3'57"
|GONE, removed in 2007. Was located near Colesville, at 1600 East Randolph Road in Valley Mill Park.|
|Smokey Glen Farm||Montgomery||MD-15-B||1976||28'||N39°7'30"
|East of Darnestown. From intersection of MD28 Darnestown Road and MD112 Seneca Road, go east on Darnestown Road for 2 miles, left on Riffle Ford Road for .7 mile to Smokey Glen Farm on the right. Bridge is .2 mile from the main road. Stop at the Farm building and ask permission to visit bridge.|
|GONE, removed or destroyed sometime between Oct. 2012 and Oct. 2014.Was located SE of Gaithersburg. at 101 Central Avenue, Gaithersburg 20877, about 200 yards from driveway entrance.|
|West of Norbeck, not far from Rockville. From intersection of Georgia Avenue MD97 and Norbeck Road MD28, go west for only .2 mile to Muncaster Mill Road MD 115, turn right and continue for 1.5 miles to Meadowside Lane, turn left and proceed to Meadowside Nature Center.|
|H. Deets Warfield||Montgomery||MD-15-E||1966||44'||N39°18'52"
|Near Damascus. From I-70, take MD27 south (Ridge Rd) for 3.4 miles to 28025 (near intersection of MD27 and MD80 (Kemptown Rd). Turn left onto private road. Continue past 28025 to 28031, and proceed left on small vehicle path to bridge, approximately .3 mile from main road. Private property, ask permission to visit.|
|Cozy Restaurant||Montgomery||MD-15-f||1967 moved c2014||12'||N39°09'14"
|Poolesville. From intersection of Elgin Rd and Fisher Rd in Poolesville, go north for .4 mile bear left when it becomes Beallsville Rd, continue .2 mile to Jeruslem Rd, turn right for .1 mile. Bridge is on your right at the playground. Was previously located at Cozy Restaurant in Thurmont.|
|Over Muddy Branch||Montgomery||MD-15-g||unk||32'-10"||N39°04'22"
|Potomac. From I-495 take exit 39 and go northwest on River Road for 10.1 miles. Turn right on Pettit Way and continue to address 14710. Bridge is across from this address. Private property. Ask permission to visit bridge|
|Bowie Horse Crossing||Prince George's||MD-16-a||1989||113'||N39°0'27"
|Near Bowie. From intersection of MD197 Collington Road and US50 John Hanson Hgwy, go north on Collington Road (becomes Laurel Bowie Road) for 2.2 miles, turn right onto Old Chapel Road (merges with Race Track Road), for 2.2 miles to bridge. Not accessible to public but can be easily viewed from roadway.|
|Peachblossom Creek||Talbot||MD-20-a||Unk||Approx. 50'||N38°43'56"
|Just south of Easton. Traveling from points south to Easton on Route 50W, turn left onto RT322/565. Continue for 1.5 miles to Oxford Road, RT333, turn left. Go 1.4 miles to Cooks Hope Rd, turn left. Go 1.1 miles to Springfield Dr., turn left. Go .5 mile to dead end and park at turnaround. Walk the trail straight ahead for short distance to a narrow path on the left. Continue down that path for about 1/4 mile to an even smaller path on the right. Take that path a short distance to the bridge.|
|McCoys Ferry Road or Green Spring Run or Clear Spring||Washington||MD-21-A||2002||27'-6"||N39°61'33"
|Just south of Clear Spring. Take Exit 18 off I-70 to Clear Spring at US40. Turn left on US40, go .4 mile to a left on Boyd Rd. Continue 2.8 miles to dead end, turn right on MD56 Big Pool Rd for .5 mile, left on McCoys Ferry Rd for .5 mile to the bridge on your right at driveway of 11014 McCoys Ferry Rd.|
|Inlet Isle Lane||Worcester||MD-23-A||Unk||Unk||N38°20'04"
|In West Ocean City. Turn south off of Route US50 (just before leaving West Ocean City to cross the bridge to Ocean City) onto Inlet Isle Lane. Follow the road around to the right to the bridge on the left. The bridge is the entrance to the Greyhound Bus Terminal.|
05/29/2021 Additional information and photos added for McCoys Ferry Road/Green Spring Run/Clear Spring Bridge in Washington County MD-21-A.
08/14/2018 One Romantic Shelter added for Baltimore County MD-03-a, over Parker Branch. The bridge no longer exists.
01/18/2018 One Romantic Shelter added for Montgomery County MD-15-g, Over Muddy Branch Bridge
01/18/2018 Updated photos for MD-15-B Smokey Glen Farm and MD-15-d Valieant
01/18/2018 Romantic Shelter listed as gone, MD-15-C Lawson King, lost sometime between Oct. 2012 and Oct. 2014.
09/12/2016 One Romantic Shelter added for Montgomery County MD-15-f, Cozy Restaurant Bridge (relocated, previously MD-10-b)
09/12/2016 One Romantic Shelter listed as gone, MD-07-a Joseph Monger Bridge, lost to Hurricane Irene, August 28, 2011
10/17/2013 One Romantic Shelter added for Garrett County MD-11-f, Blooming Rose Road Bridge
02/08/2013 One Romantic Shelter added for Frederick County MD-10-g, Walkersville Community Park Bridge
08/27/2012 One Romantic Shelter added for Worcester County MD-23-A, Inlet Isle Lane Bridge
11/11/2011 One Romantic Shelter added for Carroll County, MD-06-d, Carroll County Farm Museum Bridge
09/16/2011 One Romantic Shelter added for Washington County, MD-21-a, Green Spring Bridge.
09/20/2010 Two Romantic Shelters added for Garrett County, MD-11-c, Streams and Dreams Bridge and MD-11-(a) Spruce Forest Bridge.
09/13/2010 One Romantic Shelter added for Carroll County, MD-06-c, Hearts Over Water Bridge.
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