Big Red Oak Creek Covered Bridge in Meriwether County Georgia, Ga Covered Bridges

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Richard Weisser Realty

Covered BridgeThere is a surprise in Meriwether County Georgia that very few people know about, although many pass within a mile of it every day.

The Red Oak Creek Bridge is the longest covered bridge in Georgia. Built by Horace King, a former slave in the 1840's, it has stood at its full length of 391 feet for over one hundred and sixty years. It has weathered storms and floods, and is still in use today as a conveyance over Red Oak Creek.

The Historical Marker at the bridge reads:

This bridge was built in the 1840s by freed slave and noted bridge builder Horace King (1807-1885). Constructed on the Town lattice design, the bridge`s web of planks crisscrossing with a total of approximately 2,500 wooden pegs, or trunnels. Although King is credited with the construction of many covered bridges throughout west Georgia, this is his only surviving bridge of this design. At 391 feet, including the approaches, this structure is the oldest and longest wooden covered bridge in Georgia.

To get there, take Georgia Highway 85 (Not Interstate 85) South through Gay Georgia, and then take Covered Bridge Road to the left.

Richard Weisser, Broker, Associate Broker, Auctioneer, E-Pro, CE Instructor
Era United Realty, Newnan Georgia, Coweta Fayette Real Estate, Inc.
Serving Coweta, Fayette, Heard, Meriwether, South Fulton, Pike and Spalding Counties
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Melody Botting
Broker Associate PenFed Realty - San Antonio, TX
You Deserve The Best

This is an amazing story.  Thank you for sharing it with us!

Jun 13, 2008 08:30 AM #1
Jesse & Kathy Clifton
Jesse Clifton & Associates, REALTORS® - Fairbanks, AK

Great post, Richard.  160 years and still going strong... Just goes to show that quality is always in style.  Are you using a digital or film these days?

Jun 13, 2008 09:55 AM #2
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


Thanks, I have shown this bridge to people who have lived here all their lives and they never knew about it!


I uses film entirely until October 2006, then have slowly migrated to about 75% digital. It's more convenient and cheaper but I love the pop of transparency film!

Jun 13, 2008 10:33 AM #3
Don Rogers
Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield - O'Fallon, MO
Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes

I love covered bridges and this one sounds like it is going to be around for another 100 years.  They just don't make them like they used to.

Thank you for sharing with us.

BTW, have a GREAT weekend my friend.

Don R.

Jun 13, 2008 11:43 AM #4
Susan Hilton
CENTURY 21 Beal, Inc. - College Station, TX
Texas Aggie Real Estate, College Station Bryan Texas Real Estate

Fabulous bridge! Are there others in the area?

Jun 13, 2008 12:07 PM #5
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

Neat picture...I have seen these bridges in several states....but all are different.  One I crossed over, my wife said..."Your not going through there"?!

Jun 13, 2008 01:00 PM #6
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


Thanks so much for your support, I really appreciate it! This bridge is really something to see!


We still have quite a few throughout Georgia, but this is the only one in the region, and it's one of the few still in regular use in it's original place! Hard to believe it's still up in 2008! Thanks.


Drove over ths one many times, it's solid as a rock! Thank you.


Jun 13, 2008 04:25 PM #7
Sondra Meyer
United Country Brazos Valley Realty - Bryan, TX

What a cool bridge! Why do you think that people don't know about it?  Thanks for sharing the picture. 

Jun 13, 2008 04:36 PM #8

another amazing bridge is in madison county georgia. i've crossed this bridge for the past 71 years and it still looks the same.

Jul 21, 2008 08:25 AM #9
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