Breathtaking only minimally describes the view of Watkinsville’s Elder Mill Covered Bridge. The bridge, which was built in 1897, was originally positioned between Watkinsville and Athens. It now sits boldly above Rose Creek just five miles from downtown Watkinsville off of Hwy 15 on Elder Mill Rd. A Georgia Antebellum Trail attraction, the bridge is popular among visitors and residents of Oconee County who often stop by to capture amazing pictures. Here are a few tips to consider before your visit:
Tip 1: Drive an average-sized vehicle. The bridge is restrictive to oversized vehicles.
Tip 2: Bring a camera. Visiting the Bridge is a must-capture moment and great for family photos.
Tip 3: Wear tennis shoes. Wear hiking-appropriate shoes to get a closer view of Rose Creek.
Tip 4: Prepare for BBQ. Watkinsville’s popular restaurant, Hot Thomas BBQ, is less than 5 minutes away.
Tip 5: Take in the moment. The calming sounds of Rose Creek and the isolated scenic view are unmatched.