Attractions October 21, 2019
Here Are 11 Of The Most Beautiful Oregon Covered Bridges To Explore This Fall
There are so many ways to enjoy Oregon’s fall foliage. You can
take a hike to surround yourself with the beautiful colors of autumn, or walk across a bridge to get a glimpse at some stunning scenery. You can even dine in a historic lodge with a famous waterfall, and see autumn leaves from the floor-to-ceiling windows inside.
There’s another often-overlooked fall foliage activity that we highly recommend: seeking out Oregon’s beautiful covered bridges. Here are 11 of our favorites.
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1. Grave Creek Bridge, Josephine County
Grave Creek Bridge is likely Oregon's most often viewed. It spans 105 feet across the creek, and was constructed in 1920.
2. Rochester Bridge, near Sutherlin
The Rochester Bridge is one of Oregon's more unusual bridges, with four windows on each side. The bridge was in danger of being removed by the county in the 1950s, and concerned residents kept guard to save it. The bridge was later remodeled.
3. Shimanek Bridge, near Scio
Unlike most of Oregon's covered bridges, which are white, Shimanek is a bold, bright red. It spans Thompson creek 130 feet, and is actually the fifth bridge at this location; others fell victim to storms, floods, and other catastrophes.
4. Gilkey Bridge, near Scio
Gilkey Bridge also crosses Thomas Creek, and at 120 feet long, it's almost as large as the Shimanek Bridge. It was built in 1939, and was recently restored at a cost of $1.6 million.
5. Larwood Bridge, near Scio
The Larwood Bridge is light and airy. You'll find it right by Larwood Wayside Park, crossing Crabtree Creek.
6. Hannah Bridge, Scio
The Hannah Bridge is another beauty near the town of Scio. Built in 1936, it was named for John Joseph Hannah, a settler in Scio.
7. Goodpasture Bridge, near Vida
The Goodpasture Bridge is an often-photographed gem that's the second-longest covered bridge in the state. It spans 237 feet, and crosses the McKenzie River.
8. Dorena Bridge, Dorena
Crossing the Row River, the Dorena Bridge was built in 1949. The fall foliage around it is particularly beautiful!
9. Harris Bridge, near Wren
This pretty, Howe Truss-style bridge was built in 1929 and named for a local settler in the area.
10. Short Bridge, near Sweet Home
Short Bridge (aka South Fork Santiam River Bridge) was built in 1945. It's tucked away in the Cascade Mountains, surrounded by autumnal beauty.
11. Gallon House Bridge, Silverton
Oregon's oldest covered bridge still in use, Gallon House was built in 1916. It spans Abiqua Creek and was named for the gallons of liquor sold nearby during Prohibition.
What’s your favorite Oregon covered bridge? We’d love to see your photos in the comments!
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