From town, you can take a 9-mile scenic drive up the Yachats River Road to visit the historic North Fork Yachats Covered Bridge. Seven miles up this road, you will cross a small cement bridge over the North Fork of the Yachats River – turn left here onto a well-maintained gravel road and continue for the final two miles. This gravel road will accommodate cars but not large trucks or recreational vehicles (RVs).
The bridge spans the North Fork of the Yachats River. At 42 feet, it is one of the shortest of Oregon’s covered bridges. We recommend that you park in the small turn-out just before the bridge and walk across. If you drive across, there is a small turnaround at the other end, but traffic is not allowed beyond this point. The bridge is surrounded by private property so please be respectful.
The North Fork Yachats Covered Bridge was built by Otis Hamer in 1938 with a Queenpost truss, one of the few of this type remaining in Oregon. This was the final covered bridge built by Otis, who was a veteran bridge builder. It is now one of only two covered bridges in the county that still allow vehicular traffic. (The other is Chitwood.) The weight limit on the bridge is ten tons. Large trucks and RVs are not allowed.
The bridge was added to The National Register of Historic Places in 1979. It was faithfully restored in 1989 and again in 2014.
This is a quiet place to reflect and let the music of the gentle river soothe you. Look up the hillside above the bridge to view an old-growth Spruce that locals claim is about 350 years old.
If you make this trip in the early morning or evening, watch for elk grazing in pastureland shared by goats, sheep, horses, and black belted cattle, known affectionately by local children as the “Oreo Cows.”