The Ashokan Center

Every change of season in New York, I compile a list of locations that I plan on photographing. For the Autumn, 2021 season, one of my destinations are Covered Bridges that are located in the Hudson Valley.

After some research, I came across the Ashokan Center, which is located in Olivebridge, NY near the Ashokan Reservoir. This covered bridge is known as the Ashokan-Turnwood Covered Bridge.


The Ashokan-Turnwood Bridge was also known as the New Paltz Campus Bridge, being on a satellite campus affiliated with New Paltz – the grounds of the Ashokan Field Campus. It was originally constructed by Nelson Tompkins in 1885 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as of July 20, 2000. It is located in the Town of Olivebridge, south of Beaverkill Road approximately one-half mile, or so. It crosses over the Esopus Creek, and it is a single span of 62 feet that displays a Town Truss. It was moved to the present location in the 1930’s. This is a PRIVATE BRIDGE, your must obtain a Day Pass to receive permission to access the gated grounds.

About the Ashokan Center

The Ashokan Center as the Ashokan Field Campus Historic District is an outdoor education, conference, and retreat center located in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York. Schools have used Ashokan’s “classroom” of forests, waterfalls, stream-fed ponds, and open meadows for over 40 years. The grounds are absolutely beautiful, and the wildlife abundant, as was the case with the very cooperative Blue Heron.

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