Howard's Covered Bridge, Smithonia, Oglethorpe County, GA

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Howards Covered Bridge by Mike Saunders

Built in 1904, across Big Cloud Creek, Howard's Covered Bridge is named after the pioneer family that settled this area in the 1700's. The bridge is 164 feet long and constructed in the town lattice design with the planks fastened with wooden pegs or trunnels. The timber used to construct the bridge came from South Georgia and was shipped to Smithonia on the old Smith and Dunlap railroad.

Howards Covered Bridge by Mike Saunders

During the summer, it is difficult to get a good view of the sides of the bridge. There are no clear pathways down to the creek, on either end of the bridge. 

Howard's Covered Bridge, sometimes called Big Cloud Creek Covered Bridge can be easily reached but just as easily missed. It is only a few hundred yards off of Smithonia Rd. on Chandler Silver Rd. However, there is no road sign and Chandler Silver Rd is a dirt road where it intersects Smithonia Rd.

For more information about what to do or what to see in Oglethorpe County, GA or if you are interested in buying or selling your home there, please call me at 706-207-5290. Or you can click here to email me with your inquiries. To search for homes in Oconee County please visit my website The Athens Real Estate Page.

 

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Brian Schulman
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Mike, I love historic rural scenes like this.  Great photos.

Jun 15, 2009 02:53 PM #1
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Mike Saunders
Lanier Partners - Athens, GA

Brian - thanks for visiting and commenting.

Jun 15, 2009 05:29 PM #2
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JL Boney, III
Russell and Jeffcoat - Columbia, SC
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We don't have any of those around here, but I do love the old covered bridges.

Jun 15, 2009 06:51 PM #3
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Mike Saunders
Lanier Partners - Athens, GA

JL - at one time Georgia had over 200, now it is around 20, with several still operational. There is a surprising number of them within an hours drive of Athens.

Jun 16, 2009 07:51 AM #4
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Lisa Kennedy

Hi. Came across this by accident. But stop by the covered bridge sometime. I spearheaded a cleanup about 4 years ago and the have been some major improvement put in place!

Aug 25, 2015 04:08 PM #5
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