Nestled in north west Georgia and roughly 12 miles from my childhood home is the small town of Euharlee. If not for Plant Bowen, a Georgia Power coal-fired plant that supplies the southeastern power grid with invaluable amounts of power, the town would remain largely unknown to a vast majority of people, even though the town is full of rich history and is home to an awesome covered bridge. Along side the bridge are the remnants of Burge’s Mill which was constructed on Euharlee Creek in the 1800s. The bridge was erected in 1886 after the old bridge was washed away, uses a build style known as lattices and trunnels, and spans 138 feet. It was used up until 1980 when a new two lane bridge was built to allow traffic to traverse over the creek. It is now a historical land mark and, according to Euharlee.com, is registered as the oldest standing covered bridge in the state of Georgia.
I decided to spend a morning out at the bridge and the creek under the historical site to experiment with the light of the rising sun on a late summer Monday. I hadn’t been to the bridge since high school and had only passed through Euharlee on the rare random drives that lead me through the reaches of Bartow County. Spending a morning in such a sleepy southern town was like home and reminded me of what small town Georgia could really feel like.
There are also a few historical buildings on site and nearby, as well as a few options for food. It’s well worth a trip out to see the oldest covered bridge in the state of Georgia and to get a taste for small town southern living.