Driving/Bicycle Tour Directions
Turn left on 3rd Ave.
Turn right on Marion St. Go straight to 7th Ave. enter Pioneer Park.
Restrooms and picnic tables are available. Walk to view the Jordan Covered Bridge.
History of Jordan Bridge
This bridge was patterned after the Jordan Bridge which spanned Thomas Creek, east of Scio, Oregon. It was moved to Pioneer Park in Stayton in 1988, but burned down on December 20, 1994 when Christmas lights ignited the roof. Local citizens constructed the new bridge at the site throughout 1997 and 1998. The new bridge was dedicated in September 1998. It is often used for picnics and weddings.
History of Shimanek Bridge
Shimanek Covered Bridge – (1966) 22 feet x 130 feet.
It also crosses Thomas creek. It is on Richardson Gap Road. The Shimanek Bridge is the only bridge to have red paint, old style portal design and unique louvered windows and a cedar shake roof.
History of Larwood Bridge
Larwood Covered Bridge – (1939) 20 feet x 103 feet.
Built near the confluence or Roaring River and Crabtree Creek on Fish Hatchery Road. A beautiful park, picnic area, and a fine swimming spot surround the Larwood Wayside Park. A water powered wheel that once provided electricity to locals is a reminder of simpler times.
History of Hoffman Bridge
Hoffman Covered Bridge – (1936) 18 feet x 90 feet.
This bridge crosses Crabtree creek on Hungry Hill Drive. Built primarily with hand tools, the upper timbers show adze marks where workers shaped them by hand. Instead of the usual open sides, gothic-style windows grace the Hoffman Bridge.
Turn left onto Hwy 226. 2.5 miles
– Turn left onto Gilkey Road. 3.3 miles
Turn right onto Goar Road and cross the Gilkey Covered Bridge. 1.4 miles
Turn right onto Robinson Drive. 2.6 miles
Turn left onto Main Street in Scio. .2 miles
Turn right onto Stayton-Scio Road. 7.8 miles
This returns you back to Stayton on First Avenue.
Round Trip Approximately 54 miles.
History of Gilkey Bridge
Gilkey Covered Bridge – (1939) 22 feet x 120 feet.
It crosses Thomas Creek and is on Goar Road. This bridge is a standing reminder of what was once the town of Gilkey. This beauty exhibits open sides and curved portal openings. It is just west of Scio.