Built in 1881 by Baltimore, Ohio, resident and school teacher, James Buchanan, the Hanaway Covered Bridge still spans Clear Creek in its original location in Madison Township just off of Clearport Road. Although bypassed in the 1990s, Hanaway sits on its original sandstone abutments. The 85-foot long bridge is unique among Fairfield County’s remaining covered bridges because it has a canopy on only one side. Since the Hanaway Covered Bridge was constructed on a curve, this single canopy allowed those entering the bridge to watch for traffic approaching from the other direction and safely exit the bridge.
The Hanaway Covered Bridge is part of Two Glaciers Park, which is currently under development. The public is welcome to visit the park’s two covered bridges: Hanaway and Johnston. Parking and green space is available at the Johnson Covered Bridge. There is no public access to the Hanaway Covered Bridge and visitors are advised to use caution while driving by to view it.
Directions and Map
From the corner of Main and Broad Streets in Lancaster, Ohio, head south on Broad Street for approximately one mile, then make a slight right onto Hamburg Road. Remain on Hamburg Road for approximately 5½ miles then turn left onto Clearport Road. Continue on Clearport Road for two miles. The Hanaway Covered Bridge will be on the left.
- 85-foot historic covered bridge featuring multiple kingpost trusses, metal roof and white wooden siding. The Hanaway sits on its original sandstone abutments spanning Clear Creek.
- Hanaway Covered Bridge sits in a scenic valley at a slight angle, making its placement unique for covered bridges which usually have a more direct approach.
- Parking and picnicking available at the Johnson Covered Bridge.
Park opens at sunrise and closes at sunset.