Discover Georgia's Concord Covered Bridge in Smyrna Georgia - It was built in 1872 over Nickajack Creek in Cobb County. Historical marker available. Description, directions, map, phone number and picture are below.
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Concord Covered Bridge - Phone: 770-933-7228 - Concord Rd., Smyrna, GA (Cobb Co.) Bridge Description: Concord Bridge is 131.7 feet long and 16 feet wide. It was built in 1872. This bridge is open to traffic. It is over Nickajack Creek. There is a historical marker at this bridge.
Concord bridge has become the focus of the Concord Covered Bridge Historic Area. An old railroad bed, including a few bridges, in the area has been converted to a dedicated bike trail as part of the PATH Foundation's Silver Comet Trail. Even the bridges along the nearby East-West Connector have been given a timber motif.
This historic area also has remnants from Ruff's Mill, the scene of a Civil War battle. Ruins of the dam are still upstream of the bridge as well as parts of the grist mill. The miller's house is still a residence.
Though historically it has the highest traffic count of all the covered bridges in the state combined, the count has diminished with completion of the East-West connector. Nonetheless, repairs were expedited and completed ahead of schedule to get this bridge back in service as soon as possible. Note: Fast and high traffic makes a visit to this bridge dangerous.
This bridge originally consisted of only two spans, each a queen-post truss with steel (or iron) tension rods. The center abutment, as can be seen in the photo of the steel beams above, seems to have been widened from a previous bridge using the same pier.
In the 1950's steel beams were added to support the bridge and additional concrete piers were added. There is also a fourth all-steel support which can be seen in the downstream view.
Directions: From Atlanta, take I-75 north to I-285 west. Take Exit 15 (South Cobb Drive), and go 7 miles to Smyrna and 2 1/2 miles southwest on Concord Road. In Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield in the Metro Atlanta Travel Region.