Gilkey Covered Bridge, Scio, Oregon

Gilkey Covered Bridge, Scio, Oregon
Gilkey Covered Bridge, Scio, Oregon

The Gilkey Covered Bridge crosses Thomas Creek. It was built in 1928.

The Gilkey Covered Bridge is one of the best kept bridges you will visit on the Scio Covered Bridges Tour. It’s clean white paint is a common characteristic of many of Oregon’s Covered Bridges.

You can pull off the road near a railroad trestle that also bridges Thomas Creek.

Directions:

  • Take Robinson Drive west of Scio, OR., about 3 miles.
  • Turn Left (south) onto Hungry Hill Road.
  • Travel about 1 mile to Gilkey Covered Bridge.

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Larwood Covered Bridge, Scio, Oregon

Larwood Covered Bridge, Scio, Oregon
Larwood Covered Bridge, Scio, Oregon

Larwood Covered Bridge spans Crabtree Creek. It was built in 1939.

The Larwood Wayside was developed beside the bridge and is a great place for a picnic. Picnic tables and a bathroom are easily accessible. You will be treated with views of both the Larwood Covered Bridge and an abandon waterwheel on the south side of Crabtree Creek.

Here you will see Roaring River and Crabtree Creek merge. This is an unusual event because part of Crabtree Creek flows into Roaring River before Roaring River merges into Crabtree Creek. This occurrence creates very interesting currents and is worth taking the time to enjoy.

Directions:

  • Take HWY 226 east of Scio, OR., just over 2 miles.
  • Turn Right (South) onto Richardson Gap Road. Travel about 3 miles and turn left onto Larwood Drive. (Hint: turn left well before the large white building on the left.)
  • Travel southeast for about 5 miles along Larwood Drive until you find the Larwood Wayside park and the covered bridge.

Next stop on the Scio Covered Bridge Tour: Huffman Bridge, Scio, OR.

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Hannah Covered Bridge, Scio, Oregon

Hannah Covered Bridge, Scio, Oregon
Hannah Covered Bridge, Scio, Oregon

Hannah Covered Bridge was constructed in 1936.  It bridges Thomas Creek, which is crossed by Camp Morrison Road.

Directions:

  • Take HWY 226 east of Scio, OR., about 7.5 miles.
  • Turn Right (South) onto Camp Morrison Road. The bridge will be immediately ahead.
  • Cross the bridge for better parking.

Next stop on the Scio Covered Bridge Tour: Larwood Bridge, Scio, OR.

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Covered Bridges of Oregon

Shimanek Covered Bridge, Scio, Oregon
Shimanek Covered Bridge, Scio, Oregon

There are numerous covered bridges to be found in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Many of these covered bridges are still in use, yet others have decayed into an unusable state of disrepair. A few of these covered bridges have been restored for historical preservation and are adjoined with sprawling parks and nature trails.

Scio Covered Bridge Tour

Near the little country community of Scio, Oregon, you will find a pleasing drive on which to visit five different covered bridges. All of these bridges are still in commercial use.

Be forewarned, many of these bridges have only a gravel turnout on which to park your car, unless noted there are no facilities near the covered bridges.

Just five miles north of Scio is the community of Stayton, Oregon. Here you can visit Pioneer Park and see the re-constructed Stayton / Jordan Bridge.

  • Stayton/Jordan Bridge, Pioneer Park, Stayton, OR. – coming soon