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The Town of Sweet Home

Scio, Oregon is in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains in central western Oregon.

 

Scio is about 15 miles northeast of the Albany/Corvallis Oregon area which is about 65 miles south of Portland, Oregon.

 

Scio can best be found by taking Interstate-5 Exit 233 (US-20) and traveling east 5 miles to the junction with OR-226 to Scio. Travel east and north for 9 miles to Scio.

 

All of the bridges on this page are within 10 miles of Scio.

 

 

The Scio Area Covered Bridges

This tour begins on Interstate-5 Exit 238 which is 62 miles south of the Portland, Oregon area.

 

The Shimanek Covered Bridge

From I-5 Exit 238 drive east for 2.1 miles to the Jefferson-Scio Drive. Turn right onto Jefferson-Scio drive and drive 8.7 miles to Scio. Turn right (south) onto Main Street and travel 0.2 mile to OR-226.

 

Turn left onto OR Highway-226 and travel east of Scio for about 2 miles to the Richardson Gap Road. Turn left (north) onto the Richardson Gap Road and travel less than one mile to the bridge.

 

The Shimanek Covered Bridge is 130 feet long, built in 1966, and is open to vehicle traffic. This is the fifth covered bridge on the site dating back to 1861. The bridge is the only red covered bridge in Linn County and has a shake roof and louvered windows.

 

The Hannah Covered Bridge

From the Shimanek Covered Bridge return to OR-226 and head east for 5.5 miles (7.7 miles east of Scio) and turn right (south) onto the Camp Morrison Road. The bridge will be in sight. There is parking on the far side of the bridge.

 

The Hannah Covered Bridge crosses Thomas Creek, is 105 feet long, was built in 1936, and is open to vehicular traffic. The bridge is white and has open sides with the trusses visible through the opening sides.

 

The Larwood Covered Bridge

From the Hannah Bridge trace your footsteps back east on OR-226 for a little over 5 miles to the Richardson Gap Road (2 mi. west of Scio). Turn south on the Richardson Gap Road and travel about 3 miles to Larwood Drive.

 

Turn left on Larwood Drive (before the large white building on the left) and travel about 5 miles to the Larwood Wayside Park and the bridge.

 

The Larwood Covered Bridge crosses Crabtree Creek, is 105 feet long, and is open to vehicular traffic.

 

The Huffman Covered Bridge

From the Larwood Covered Bridge retrace you steps back west on Larwood Drive to the Richardson Gap Road. Turn right on the Richardson Gap Toad and travel 0.2 mi. to Montgomery Drive. Turn left onto the Montgomery Drive and drive 2 miles to OR-226.

 

Turn left onto OR-226 and travel 0.5 miles to the Hungry Hill Road. Turn right onto the Hungry Hill Road and travel approximately 2.5 miles to the bridge.

 

Huffman Covered Bridge crosses Crabtree Creek, is 90 feet long, was built in 1936, and is open to vehicular traffic.

 

The Gilkey Covered Bridge

From the Huffman Covered Bridge retrace your steps back 2.5 miles to OR-226 and turn left (north). Travel 2.6 miles north on OR-226 to the Gilkey Road. Turn left (west) onto the Gilkey Road and travel 3 miles to the Goar Road. Turn right (north) on the Goar Road and travel 0.5 mile to the bridge.

 

The Gilkey Covered Bridge crosses Thomas Creek, is 120 feet long, was built in 1939 and is open to vehicular traffic.

 

Complete the Loop back to Interstate-5

Retrace your steps from the Gilkey Covered bridge 0.5 miles south then turn left (east) onto the Gilkey Road and travel 3 miles back to OR-226. Turn right (south) and travel about 9 miles south then west to US-20. Turn right and travel west on US-20 a little over 5 miles to Interstate-5 Exit 233.

 

Want to see more bridges?

There are five more covered bridges and the East Linn Museum on our Sweet Home Covered Bridge Loop.

Sweet Home Covered Bridge Loop

 

To get to Sweet Home turn right on US-20 and travel 20 miles to Sweet Home. You will travel through Lebanon, 5 miles away, on your way to Sweet Home.

 

 

 

 

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