Wildcat Creek Covered Bridge

• Wildcat Creek Covered Bridge is open for vehicle traffic
• Lane County minted coins commemorating the bridge

The Wildcat Creek Covered Bridge, also known as Wildcat Bridge or Austa Bridge, is a notable landmark in Oregon's Lane County. It carries Austa Road over Wildcat Creek near its confluence with the Siuslaw River.

The Wildcat Bridge sits just off Highway 126, so it's a great place to explore when heading to or from the Oregon Coast. The nearby Austa boat ramp provides access for fishing and boating on the Siuslaw River.

This bridge is a classic example of Howe Truss design, a common architectural style for covered bridges in Oregon, for its ability to distribute loads evenly.

It spans 75 feet (23 meters) and remains open to vehicles, with a weight limit of up to 30 tons. The bridge features a distinctive long, narrow opening on its east side, which helps with visibility along the curved road and offers picturesque views of the surrounding area.

Wildcat Creek Covered Bridge
Bridge Sideview

Wildcat Creek Covered Bridge Coin

Lane County minted and sold commemorative coins between 2005 and 2012 to raise funds to maintain and repair covered bridges. Between these years, the county issued 325 Wildcat Bridge coins.

Wildcat Creek Covered Bridge
Inside View


Constructed in 1925, the bridge was originally part of the Stagecoach Road and served as a vital link to the Oregon Coast. In the 1930s, however, the road and bridge were bypassed by the construction of the Mapleton Bridge and Linslaw Tunnel.

Despite being bypassed, Wildcat Bridge is still open to traffic and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

Wildcat Creek Covered Bridge
Wildcat Creek
Wildcat Creek Covered Bridge
Wildcat Creek Agate

Wildcat Creek Covered Bridge | Facts

Architectural Bridge Design: Howe truss
Bridge access:
Stream: Wildcat Creek
Bridge Length:
75 ft (23 m)
Built: 1925
Repaired: 1980s and 2000

Open: Year-round

Elevation: 300 ft (92 m)

Wildcat Creek Covered Bridge is located:

  • 12 miles east of Mapleton
  • 35 miles west of Eugene
  • 101 miles southwest of Salem.

Adventures Nearby

Directions to Wildcat Creek Covered Bridge

From OR-126,

  • Head toward Siuslaw Road
  • Take Austa Road/Siuslaw Road Exit.

Address: Siuslaw Rd, Walton, OR 97490

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