Myrtle Creek-Canyonville Tour Route
These maps and directions are for planning purposes only. You may find that construction projects, traffic, or other events may cause road conditions to differ from the map results. For travel options, weather and road conditions, visit tripcheck.com, call 511 (in Oregon only), 800.977.6368 or 503.588.2941.
Just about any place you find on TravelOregon.com can be added to your own Oregon Roadtrippers Account. Find out how.
Get on the road with Roadtrippers
We’ve partnered with Roadtrippers to provide a great way to plan a trip around Oregon. So start planning your next road trip to here, there or pretty much anywhere in Oregon.
Take a break from the interstate with this 68-mile/109-kilometer ramble through the southern Cascade foothills to view small Douglas County towns, clear-running streams, and tranquil farm and forest.
Along the South Umpqua River
The tour begins in Canyonville, at exit 98 off I-5. It leads along the South Umpqua River, an important source of water for the region’s rich farmland. Several side creeks enter the South Umpqua as the road bends with the river. Unlike most covered bridges built to protect the deck timbers from weather, the Milo Academy Covered Bridge deck is steel; when the original 1920 covered bridge was rebuilt in 1962, locals missed the previous wooden housing and added it for aesthetics.
The tour route continues east to Tiller. The Tiller Ranger Station is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. The historic area of the complex covers about 12 acres and includes nine structures, including a cupola-style fire lookout that is open to the public.
Into Umpqua National Forest
From Tiller the tour route swings north into the Umpqua National Forest. From here the route winds under stands of old-growth Douglas fir, Oregon’s state tree. Several thousand Milo Academy Covered Bridge acres of old-growth trees, including mountain hemlock, survive in this national forest. The route continues ambling through the forest to Red Top Pond, a reservoir popular for fishing and picnicking. (Note that this steep and narrow route is not appropriate for motor homes and trailers. The route may be closed in the winter.)
From Forest to Farmland
From Red Top Pond, the forest service road joins CR-18, which follows South Myrtle Creek through hills dotted with cattle and sheep. Myrtle and native madrones — striking with their peeling red bark — thrive along with oak and maple. The route ends in Myrtle Creek, where Millsite Park has re-created the 1930 Horse Creek Covered Bridge from Lane County.
Photo of Horse Creek Covered Bridge courtesy of Danita Delimont
related Trip Ideas
The beauty of an Oregon summer is that you can enjoy views that are never twice the same. Southern Oregon‘s Umpqua River Byway is blessed with waterfalls, wildlife and camping opportunities. It’s a roadway once traveled you’ll…
The Umpqua River Valley’s riches nurtured generations of traders, loggers and farmers. Its wealth of natural and historical treasures unfold as you wind through the Coast Range to the Pacific.
Oregon amazes me. Just when I think I’ve seen every gorgeous wonder in a lifetime spent in this incredible state, I happen along a place that takes my breath away all over again. That’s what happened a couple of weeks ago, when my…
Our Oregon heritage offers cultural travelers an opportunity to step back in time, and covered bridges illustrate some of the most iconic cultural elements of our state. Covered to increase their lifespan, the bridges today conjure up a sense of…
Two of Oregon’s most beautiful and renowned rivers bookend this breathtaking tour through the thickly forested southern Cascades.
Generations of fly-fishermen and thrill seekers have celebrated the storied passageways of the Wild and Scenic North Umpqua River, knowing that its magnificence is best experienced on the water. The splendor of the river canyon astonishes this…
Active young families are made of energetic kids and parents who want to get their fill of adventure. Enter the North Umpqua River, the best place to make it all happen: awesome camping, adult- and kid-friendly recreation, and a scenic wilderness…
Summer in Oregon is about exploring. It’s time to get outside and get your boots on the trail. We suggest the verdant corridor of the North Umpqua River in Southern Oregon. Starting just 22 miles northeast of Roseburg on Highway 138, this lesser…
When the weather warms, it seems far too many Oregon byways can be busy blurs that just don’t allow you enough time to slow down, get out of the race and set your own pace for travel across the state. In the southern Willamette Valley, you will…
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…
Is any of the information on this page incorrect?
Keep in mind many of the routes listed here travel through remote areas where gas stations are few and far between. And since road and weather conditions can be hazardous, even into summer, we urge you to call 800-977-6368 or check Trip Check before starting out.