Goodpasture Covered Bridge Crossing by David Putzier
Originally constructed in 1938, the 165-foot Goodpasture Bridge was restored in 1987. (Photo credit: Dave Putzier)

There’s a distinct charm to a covered bridge. The sound of rushing water echoes off the walls, sunlight slants in through the windows and the traditional Howe’s truss construction draws the eye up to the pitched roof. Oregon once had 450 covered bridges, many of which were constructed following WWI when steel was in short supply but wood was plentiful. Today only 50 of Oregon’s covered bridges remain. Twenty can be found in Lane County, scattered around the towns of Eugene, Springfield, Lowell and Cottage Grove. Many are on the National Register of Historic Places. Pick your own route to explore the bridges of Lane County. And don’t forget your camera!

Deadwood Bridge: Constructed in 1932 and restored in 1986, the bridge has a 105-foot span.
Lake Creek Bridge: Constructed in 1928 and rebuilt in 1984. Also known as the Nelson Bridge.
Wildcat Creek Bridge: Constructed in 1925 and restored in 1990. Also known as he Austa Bridge.
Coyote Creek Bridge: Constructed in 1922, the bridge has a 60-foot span. Also known as the Battle Creek Bridge and Swing Log Bridge.

Eat and drink: Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner at Marché, the progenitor of the Willamette Valley’s farm-to-table movement. Oregon’s craft-beer scene is also well represented in Eugene. Tip a pint at Ninkasi Brewing Company, Falling Sky Brewing or Oakshire Brewing.

Earnest Bridge: Constructed in 1938, the bridge has a 75-foot span. Also known as the Paschelke Bridge, it was used in the movie “Shenandoah.”
Wendling Bridge: Constructed in 1936, this bridge has a 60-foot span.
Goodpasture Bridge: Constructed in 1938 and restored in 1987, this bridge has a 165-foot span.
Belknap Bridge: Constructed in 1966 and restored in 1990, this bridge has a 120-foot span.
If you need to charge your EV vehicle, stop at the Gateway Marketplace Springfield Charging Station.

Eat and drink: For a cup of espresso, breakfast, pastry or lunch, visit The Washburne Café in Springfield’s historic armory building. Stop in at Hop Valley Brewing Company for fine craft beer as well as soups, salads, sandwiches and burgers.

Pengra Bridge: Constructed in 1938 and restored in 1994, the bridge has a 126-foot span.
Unity Bridge: Constructed in 1936 and restored in 1994, the bridge has a 90-foot span.
Cannon Street Bridge: Constructed in 1988, this footbridge has a 20-foot span.
Lowell Bridge: Constructed in 1945, the bridge has a 165-foot span and is the widest covered bridge in the county at 24 feet.
Parvin Bridge: Constructed in 1921 and restored in 1986, the bridge has a 75-foot span.
Office Bridge: Constructed in 1944, this bridge has a 180-foot span and is the longest covered bridge in Oregon.

Cottage Grove
Centennial Bridge: Constructed in 1987, the footbridge has an 84-foot span.
Chambers Bridge: Constructed in 1925 and recently restored, this bridge has a 78-foot span and is the only covered railroad bridge in Oregon.
Currin Bridge: Constructed in 1925 and restored in 1995, this bridge has a 105-foot span.
Mosby Creek Bridge: Constructed in 1920 and restored in 1990, this bridge has a 90-foot span.
Stewart Bridge: Constructed in 1930 and restored in 1996, this bridge has a 60-foot span.
Dorena Bridge: Constructed in 1949 and restored in 1986, this bridge has a 105-foot span.
In Cottage Grove, you can charge your electric vehicle at the Vintage Inn.

Eat and drink: Visit Fleur De Lis Patisserie & Café for savory breakfast sandwiches, croissant, muffins, scones and a variety of sandwiches and salads. For wine tasting or a romantic meal, visit King Estate Winery.

Editor’s note: Check out our other Oregon’s Electric Byways Road Trips for more EV itineraries around the state.

about author Eileen Garvin

Eileen Garvin lives and writes in Hood River. When she’s not hunched over her keyboard or digging in the garden, you can find her mountain biking, kiteboarding, hiking, skiing or camping somewhere in Oregon.

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  1. Melody says…

    Are these close enough to bike to? Where is the best place to rent a bike? Thanks!

    Written on June 12th, 2013 / Flag this Comment
  2. Cari says…

    @Melody there is a Scenic Bikeway in Cottage Grove that ties a number of the bridges together on the same route. I recommend Rainy Peak Bicycles in Cottage Grove for rentals.
    Read more about the ride —->

    Written on June 14th, 2013 / Flag this Comment
  3. Rosemary Robinia says…

    Does anyone know of a B&B somewhere in the middle of these bridges? I was thinking of a 2-day trip to see them all at once.

    Written on July 2nd, 2013 / Flag this Comment
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