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Myrtle Creek

Named for the lush myrtle tree groves thriving around this Southern Oregon town, Myrtle Creek is nestled among farms, fields and the foothills of the Umpqua National Forest.

The nearby North Umpqua Trail draws mountain bikers, trail runners and fishing folks for high-adrenaline fun, while local covered bridges provide a tranquil driving destination. Dig into mining history with a gander into the 100-year-old China Ditch and a chance to pan for gold.

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Where can I photograph the most covered bridges in 3 days?

You can definitely photograph dozens of Oregon’s covered bridges in a three-day journey. How many you can hit just depends on how much driving you want to do and how early you want to get up and get started! Assuming you start on the north end of the Willamette Valley and head south, I suggest…

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