Covered Bridge Marker
A marker near the western
end of the bridge details the
history of the unique structure.
Coheelee Bridge and Falls
The Coheelee Creek Covered
Bridge spans a rare South
Georgia waterfall.
Coheelee Creek Covered Bridge - Early County, Georgia
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Coheelee Creek Covered Bridge
The southernmost original covered bridge in the
United States is in Early County, Georgia.
Southernmost Covered Bridge
Located in the Hilton Community just
southwest of the town of Blakely, Georgia,
can be found the southernmost original
covered bridge in the United States.

The 96-foot long Coheelee Creek Covered
Bridge was built in 1891 at the old McDonald
Ford on Coheelee Creek. Built by John
William Baughman, the bridge cost only
$490.41, but still stands today as one of the
most beautiful and unique landmarks in the
Deep South.

Making the setting even more picturesque is
the fact that swiftly flowing Coheelee Creek
rushes over a small waterfall just after it
passes beneath the covered bridge. Such
scenes are rare in Southwest Georgia,
where waterfalls are few and far between
and the Coheelee Creek structure is the last
surviving covered bridge.

Of the 17 original covered bridges that still
survive in Georgia, only the Coheelee Creek
bridge is located south of Macon. Bypassed
by modern highways, the bridge fell into
disuse over the years and its survival is
almost miraculous.

Concerned citizens of Early County, a corner
of Georgia that is extremely rich in history,
took note of the neglected condition of the
Coheelee Creek Covered Bridge in 1984. An
expensive and far-sighted restoration project
was launched to stabilize and repair the
bridge, which remains in sound condition
today.

An interpretive marker at the west end of the
bridge provides visitors with a summary of its
history. The view of the small waterfall that
tumbles over the rocks beneath the old
bridge is well worth the sometimes slippery
walk down to the banks of the creek.

Combined with the bridge itself, the creek
creates a setting rarely seen in the
Wiregrass region of the Deep South.
To reach the bridge from Blakely, travel south
on Highway 62 for roughly 10 miles until you
reach Hilton. From there turn right on either
County Road 25 or County Road 278 and
cross the railroad tracks. These two roads
meet a short distance beyond the tracks.

From the intersection, continue straight on
County Road 80. When you see the sign to
Coheelee Creek Park, continue straight (do
not turn into the park). A short distance ahead
you will cross the creek and see the entrance
to the covered bridge park on your left.

Please click here to visit the Georgia
Department of Transportation's outstanding
website on the covered bridges of Georgia.
West End of the Bridge
A dirt road still leads to the
west end of the Coheelee
Creek Covered Bridge, just as
it has for more than 115 years.
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