Friends with bicycles gather and are staring up into a covered bridge

covered bridges

There’s just something about a covered bridge that tugs at the heartstrings, calling to a bygone era when life was simpler (oh, the sheer romance of it all). These roadway treasures were crafted by early Oregonians out of nearby trees to protect the wooden trusses from the weather, increasing the life span from 10 years to 80 or more. As you cruise the roads less traveled in the Willamette Valley, don’t be surprised to spot one around the next curve. Of course, you can find self-guided tours to lead you there, too. 

Covered Bridges, Modern Murals and Classic Wine in Cottage Grove

At the southern edge of the Willamette Valley, Cottage Grove sits surrounded by historic covered bridges, nearly two-dozen outdoor murals, and several wineries along the South Willamette Wine Trail.

Dorena Covered Bridge
Dorena Covered Bridge near Cottage Grove
A red covered bridge in Oregon
The Shimanek Bridge dates back to 1966 and sits between Albany and Stayton in the Cascade Range foothills.

The Covered Bridges of the Cascade Foothills

A number of historic covered bridges, many dating to the 1930s, connect the orchards and fields of the Cascade Range foothills in the Willamette Valley.

We’ve put together a guide to help you visit a few of these scenic structures—along with ideas for where to stay and what other attractions to enjoy in the area.

Explore the Possibilities