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One Of The Least Impressive Historic Sites We’ve Ever Seen

by joeheg

On our trip to Helen, Georgia, we were looking for something to do for the afternoon. One of the attractions listed was the Stovall Mill Covered Bridge.

The description sounded interesting.

Georgia’s shortest clear span covered bridge. C 1895, King-post design, one span wide and 33 feet long. Featured in Susan Hayworth’s movie, “I’d Climb the Highest Mountain.” Picnic area.

Who wouldn’t want to see the state’s shortest bridge, right?

The description on the Explore Georgia website made it sound like a nice place to visit.

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It did not live up to expectations.


OK, from the outside, it did have some charm. However, when you got closer you notice that the “picnic area” was a single table located next to the gravel parking lot. This sign was the entirety of the self-guided tour.

I’ll show you a picture of the inside of the bridge if you still had any thoughts of visiting.


If we’d brought our spray paint cans with us, it might have been more fun. I don’t think anyone thinks this site is under surveillance, no matter what that sign claims.

Did this side excursion ruin our day? Of course, it didn’t. We stayed for about 10 minutes reveling in its level of non-awesomeness and got on with our lives.

If you’re a covered bridge fanatic and have to check every one of them off your list, then there might be a reason for you to visit. Otherwise, just know that this isn’t like a bridge in Madison County.

Special note to Samantha: Sorry not sorry. 😉

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NB_ga September 3, 2020 - 1:54 pm

So… you *choose* to visit a very obviously short, covered bridge – Georgia’s shortest, it seems. And you found… a SHORT COVERED BRIDGE ???

What did you expect? A crazy bait and switch vacation extravaganza that only you would happen upon?

Why on earth would you waste the bandwidth simply to criticize a site? The amount of bitterness in your life must have reached the point of critical overflow. Have you seriously nothing else on which to report? Maybe consider a sabbatical.

joeheg September 3, 2020 - 11:02 pm

If it was just the bridge, it might have been fine. The graffiti everywhere was what really ruined it.

Jon W September 3, 2020 - 6:52 pm Reply
DT September 3, 2020 - 11:25 pm

Did you go into the nearby town (with the German theme)? If you had waited another month or so, the ride up from Atlanta and back would have been very colorful (fall leave changing).

joeheg September 3, 2020 - 11:46 pm

Yes. Our feelings about the town and what we did where are forthcoming.

Pam September 3, 2020 - 11:37 pm

Wow, hopefully covid restrictions will ease soon & you can resume intl attractions more appealing to you. Meanwhile at least Hollywood has captured Helen’s Bavarian charms that you are unable.

Not that it sounds like you will return, but Anna Ruby Falls; floating down the Chattahoochee River; wine tasting at nearby Wolf Mountain Vineyards; German dining & lodging at Edelweiss Inn may appeal to others who might enjoy a lovely getaway.

joeheg September 3, 2020 - 11:48 pm

Wow. So fast to judge what we did during our trip. Stay tuned for the rest of our adventures.


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