A historic covered bridge over the Thomas Creek
During low water, the section of the river is peaceful with clear warm water
The 105-foot Hannah Covered Bridge was built in 1936. Named for a pioneer John Joseph Hannah who came to Oregon in 1853 and settled between Thomas and Bilyeu Creeks.
The Hannah Bridge that also called Thomas Creek Bridge spans the Thomas Creek - a 35-mile stream, that begins in the Willamette National Forest and flows west to the South Santiam River. The creek was named after Frederick Thomas. He arrived in Oregon in 1848 and a few years later obtained a land claim near the creek.
The bridge is crossed by Camp Morrison Road and open to one-lane vehicle traffic. There are two more covered bridges over the Thomas Creek – Gilkey and Shimanek Bridges, built in 1939 and 1966 respectively.
The Hannah Covered Bridge is one of the six covered bridged of the scenic Covered Bridges Tour Route in the Scio-Stayton-Jordan area.
The Hannah Covered Bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.
The Thomas Creek below the Hannah Covered Bridge is a deep and enjoyable spot for those who like fishing and swimming.
In the summer months, when a level of the creek is low, this section of the river is peaceful with green clear water, and has shallow and deep spots.
Some adventure seekers use the bridge as a platform to jump into the cool creek water.
The Thomas Creek at the Hannah Bridge is an idyllic setting with huge bedrock on the one side of the stream in the tree shadow providing a great view of the river and historic covered bridge. The opposite side has pebble beach and adjacent to the private land.
The Thomas Creek has populations of smallmouth bass, crappie, yellow perch, cutthroat and rainbow trout. Also, there are small runs of Chinook salmon and steelhead.
The creek is closed to salmon and steelhead angling. Open to trout fishing from the end of May through October, catch-and-release only.
Warmwater gamefish is open during trout season. No catch limit.
Hannah Covered Bridge | General Description
Architectural Bridge Design: Howe truss
Bridge access: Pedestrian and vehicle
Stream: Thomas Creek
Bridge Length: 105 ft (32 m)
Managed: Linn County
Location: Near Scio, Willamette Valley
Activities: Fishing and swimming
Distance from the parking: Short
Road access: Any passenger vehicle
Day-use fees: None
Popularity: Low to moderate
Elevation: 400 ft (122 m)
Hannah Bridge is located:
- 24 miles east of Albany
- 27 miles southeast of Salem
- 64 miles northeast of Eugene
- 71 miles northeast of Portland.
Directions to Hannah Covered Bridge
- Take exit 233 in Albany toward Sweet Home and drive 5.5 miles east on Highway 20
- Continue 16.1 miles on OR-226 to Camp Morrison Road
- Turn right onto Camp Morrison Road, the bridge will be immediately ahead.
Cross the bridge and park your car. The trail can be found on the right side (west) of the road a few yards of the bridge. Opposite side of the creek is a private property: do not park your car near the fence before the bridge.
Points of Interest Nearby