Mink Hollow Covered Bridge

Updated: Nov 2


Arney Run Park - Drive-by Bonus


Arney Run Park

2340 Meister Road, SW

Lancaster, OH 43130

"Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it." ~ George Santayana

Mink Hollow Covered Bridge


"The Mink Hollow Covered Bridge" is a shortened version of its true name. The bridge actually has the longest name of any covered bridge in the USA. Its name is: The Mink Hollow Covered Bridge in Oil Mill Hollow Over Arney Run Near Borcher's Mill.



The bridge in located at Arney Run Park. It still sits in its original location on its original sandstone abutments. It spans Arney Run, a tributary of Clear Creek. Mink Hollow Covered Bridge was built sometime around 1887 by Jacob Brandt. It spans 51 feet.


The name is long and hard to remember. But this is where the name was derived.

  • It sits in Oil Mill Hollow. The hollow was named after an old flaxseed oil mill that sat in the vicinity.

  • Arney Run is the tributary/creek that the bridge crosses.

  • Borcher’s Mill was a grist meal that sat nearby.





Christmas Rocks State Nature Preserve

Charles R. Goslin Nature Sanctuary

Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Division of Natural Areas and Preserves



The Christmas Rocks State Nature Preserve parking lot sits next to the Arney Run Park lot. The Nature Preserve consists of 553 acres and has 2 trails that merge off of the main trail at approx. the 1-mile mark.


  • Jacob’s Ladder Loop Trail

Approx. 1 mile in length once you enter it off of the main trail.

Moderate to Difficult

  • Christmas Rocks Loop Trail

Approx. 2 miles in length once you enter it off of the main trail.

Moderate

Fairfield County Ohio Covered Bridge Trail

Ohio is known for its covered bridges. At one point in time, Fairfield County had 279 timber truss bridges. This was more than any other county. Sadly, most of these no longer exist.

It is estimated that there are still 125 wooded covered bridges left in the state. Many of them have been relocated to private properties. Others are cared for by local parks departments. Out of the 125, 17 of these are in Fairfield County.

The 17 bridges are:


A map to these bridges can be found HERE.

If you are interested in visiting all the covered bridges in Fairfield County keep an eye on the Visit Fairfield County website. Covered Bridge tours are very popular. There is usually a guided bus tour every year. We have also heard people talk about motorcycle tours and cyclist tours.


The Fairfield County Park District

The Fairfield County Park District currently has eight original bridges. Of those, 5 are open to the public.

The bridges operated by the Fairfield County Park District are:

Why Were Bridges Covered?

Covered bridges were designed with roofs for practical and structural purposes. Having a roof kept the elements off the deck and trusses. Snow, rain, sun and wind can cause damage to the wood. Having a protective covering allowed these bridges to last longer.

Another reason why bridges were covered was for strength. Adding a covering to the trusses makes the bridge stronger. This allowed for the designers and builders to erect longer bridges.




What You Can Expect at Arney Run Park / Mink Hollow Covered Bridge

Please note that trail rules and regulations can change at any time. The following information was in effect for Arney Run Park as of June 2020.


Cemetery Ridge Trail at Clear Creek Metro Park

No bathrooms.



Cemetery Ridge Trail at Clear Creek Metro Park

There are no trails for bicycles.



Cemetery Ridge Trail at Clear Creek Metro Park

Arney Run Park along with Christmas Rocks State Nature Preserve are good biring spots.


Cemetery Ridge Trail at Clear Creek Metro Park

The historical covered bridge.



Cemetery Ridge Trail at Clear Creek Metro Park

Concealed carry is permitted.


Cemetery Ridge Trail at Clear Creek Metro Park

Pets are permitted if they have a valid registration tag and are under physical control of the owner. Leash cannot be more than six feet long.


Cemetery Ridge Trail at Clear Creek Metro Park

No trails.



Cemetery Ridge Trail at Clear Creek Metro Park

Blacktop parking lot with 6 parking spaces.

Cemetery Ridge Trail at Clear Creek Metro Park

There is one picnic table.



Cemetery Ridge Trail at Clear Creek Metro Park

There is no playground.



Cemetery Ridge Trail at Clear Creek Metro Park

There is one bench.

Cemetery Ridge Trail at Clear Creek Metro Park

Sun and shade.


Cemetery Ridge Trail at Clear Creek Metro Park

No shelter house.



Cemetery Ridge Trail at Clear Creek Metro Park

There was no trashcan available.

Cemetery Ridge Trail at Clear Creek Metro Park

The parking lot is located along Arney Run.



Cemetery Ridge Trail at Clear Creek Metro Park

One ADA parking spot.



Cemetery Ridge Trail at Clear Creek Metro Park

We have never seen the water deep enough to fish.




Locate Arney Run Park / Mink Hollow Covered Bridge HERE



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