Linn County Covered Bridge Tour

Covered bridges are one of Oregon’s little secrets. I’m a fifth-generation native Oregonian, and I grew up with graceful old Weddle Covered Bridge in my hometown of Sweet Home. However, I didn’t realize until recently that Oregon’s abundance of covered bridges is a rarity. Turns out, not every kid grows up playing on a covered…

: Larry Andreasen


A tour of Scio quickly reveals why this little burg is called the “Covered Bridge Capital of the West.

” Five of the remaining historic, scenic structures (and one new one) span the creeks and rivers surrounding town on these quiet country back roads southeast of Salem. Explore Scio’s railroad history at the Scio Historical Depot Museum, and herd your flock to watch the nation’s oldest sheepdog trials at the annual Lamb & Wool Fair.

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  • Cultural Oregon: Covered Bridges

    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...
  • Road Trip: Willamette Valley

    Nestled between the mist-covered Coast Range and the soaring Cascade peaks, the Willamette Valley stretches for more than 130 miles from Carlton to Cottage Grove. This fertile region is home to the state’s famed pinot noir...
  • Fish Eggs to Fry

    There is so much water running under the covered bridges of Linn County that it’s no surprise when you cross paths with some real whoppers at the Roaring River Hatchery in Scio. Here the rainbow trout tip...
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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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