Pisgah Covered Bridge
The Pisgah Covered Bridge is one of Randolph County’s historical and cultural treasures. It is one of only two surviving covered bridges in the state and the only one easily accessible by the public.
Following the construction of a new road and bridge in the Pisgah community during the 1950s, the covered bridge fell into disrepair and was badly vandalized despite efforts by the DOT to maintain it. Recognizing the heritage of the bridge and its potential economic value to the community, Zoo Director Dr. Jones and the N.C. Zoo Society initiated an effort in April 1998 to refurbish the bridge and build an adjacent hiking trail along with picnic and parking areas. The project involved a partnership with the N.C. Department of Transportation, the Piedmont Land Conservancy and the Land Trust for Central North Carolina, along with residents of the Pisgah community. More than $73,000 in private funds and in-kind gifts were raised and a dedication ceremony marked its completion in September 1999.
In 2003, the bridge was destroyed by a flash flood. Donations to the Zoo Society's fund permitted repairs to the bridge, the walkway and the small community park that served tourists visiting the Pisgah Cover Bridge. The Zoo gratefully acknowledges the volunteers who participated in the 2003 clean up and have helped to maintain the bridge and the trail since then.