Hunting down covered bridges in the Rogue Valley is a perfect excursion for a long summer’s day.
Lost Creek Bridge, built in 1919, is only 39 feet long. To get there, take Highway 62 to Highway 140 and go east to the Lake Creek exit. From the town of Lake Creek, go 3.5 miles on South Fork Little Butte Road, then turn right on Lost Creek Road at the concrete bridge across Lake Creek. The covered bridge is about half a mile down this dirt road. It is open to foot traffic only.
Antelope Creek Bridge was built around 1922 on Antelope Creek, about 10 miles outside Eagle Point. Now a pedestrian bridge, it was moved in 1987 to its location over Little Butte Creek in downtown Eagle Point.
The Wimer Bridge, about 7 miles north of the city of Rogue River, spans Evans Creek. The bridge was built in 1892, and was rebuilt for a third time in 2008. To get there, take East Evans Creek Road to Covered Bridge Road.
McKee Bridge, built in 1917, stretches 122 feet and stands 45 feet above the Applegate River. Only eight miles from the California border, it is Oregon’s southernmost covered bridge. Take Highway 238 out of Jacksonville to Ruch. Turn left on Applegate Road and follow the Applegate Dam signs to the wayside of McKee Bridge.
Grave Creek Bridge is Josephine County’s only covered bridge. The 105-foot long span was built in 1920. The bridge is easily spotted from I-5. To get there, take the Sunny Valley exit, north of Grants Pass.