Covered bridges boast much beauty and history and there are a total of six in Douglas County. Two of those six are in the Myrtle Creek area: Neal Lane Bridge and Horse Creek Bridge. Take a drive, pack a picnic and explore some of South County’s historic landmarks.

The Neal Lane Covered Bridge, also known as the South Myrtle Creek Bridge, is a historic covered bridge that underwent renovations in 2015. The original bridge was built in 1929 and is one of Oregon’s shortest covered bridges, stretching 43 feet in length. The bridge is also the only one in the state to use a kingpost truss design. From I-5, take exit 108 to Myrtle Creek, travel south on Old Highway 99 (Main Street) for one-half mile; turn left onto Riverside Drive immediately after crossing the bridge, travel east for a short distance; turn right onto Days Creek Cut Off Road (Country Road 42) and travel one-half mile. The covered bridge is on the left.

The Horse Creek Covered Bridge is a pedestrian bridge that stretches across a stream, providing access from a parking lot into Myrtle Creek’s Millsite Park. The 110-foot bridge was originally built in 1930, spanning Horse Creek in the vicinity of the McKenzie River in Lane County. After being shut down to usage in 1968, in 1987 the bridge was removed and donated to the city of Myrtle Creek in the spring of 1990.

Brittany Arnold is the Douglas County Family editor and can be reached at

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