There 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.
Red Oak Covered Bridge