Kent is a bustling village with a good choice of restaurants and stores where you can easily kill a few hours having coffee and wandering around.
A right off of Rt. 7 onto Lane Street, at the southerly end of the village will take you to Elizabeth Street and the Rt. 341. You make a right onto Rt.341 and cross over to the west side of the River. The Kent School Campus straddles both sides of Rt. 341. Just past the Campus, make a left onto Schaghticoke Road. This road starts out as paved and turns into hard packed dirt. It is passable on a road bike. You will be passing through the Schaghticoke Indian Reservation. For the last few hundred yards before you make the left onto Bulls Bridge Road, you will be riding along the Appalachian Trail! This whole stretch of road offers great views of the River; there is even a spot where a waterfall comes right down almost onto the Road.
Bulls Bridge is a one-lane covered bridge built in 1842. During the Revolutionary War, George Washington and his staff crossed an earlier bridge at this same spot. The bridge is now on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Bulls Bridge area has a number of hiking trails. A short trail on the north side of the Bulls Bridge Road takes you to the falls; another short trail on the south side of the road takes you to a scenic overlook. Both are worth a stop. There is a trail map near the parking area before you get to the bridge.
Like the covered bridge in West Cornwall, the one lane Bulls Bridge is a “first come, first served” experience. When you see your chance, take it!
|R – Right Turn||S – Straight||BL – Bear Left|
|L – Left Turn||TL – Traffic Light||BR – Bear Right|
|SS – Stop Sign||Y – Yield Sign|
Total Distance measured from start in Ashley Falls and traveling south.
|DISTANCE BETWEEN POINTS||TOTAL DISTANCE||DIRECTIONS||NOTES|
|Kent to Bulls Bridge
Sections of Dirt Road Passable on a Road Bike
|0.4||29.9||L onto Schaghticoke Rd||Sections of this road are dirt.|
|4.2||33.1||L at SS onto Bulls Bridge Rd||Caution! SS at one lane bridges!|
|0.3||33.4||S onto one lane Covered Bridge||Bulls Bridge operates on a “first come – first served” basis.|