The road into the trailhead was much better from Hwy 101 (South of Linclon City) than from Hwy 18 (East of Lincoln City). The covered bridge is about half a mile in from Hwy 18 though. A half mile passed the covered bridge I came to a sign: Pavement ends. It's a hardpacked road with a thin layer of gravel for half a mile on a winding two way single lane road. This happens one more time on the way in. Even 10 miles an hour seemed pretty fast around many of the blind corners or going from sun to shade around other corners. I think I averaged about 20 mph for the 9 miles of road in and 10 miles out to Hwy 101.
A nicely defined trail for the whole 1.5 mile hike down to the creek though the North Loop (1 mile trail) needed some spring cleanup with several trees and limbs down across the trail. All in all, it's a nice hike and I'll go back again but without taking the North Loop.
Drift Creek covered bridge was built in 1914, dismantled in 1997 and rebuilt in its present location in 2001
Watch out for the birds on the road!
A very nicely marked 1.5 mile trail down to the creek bed is a little muddy and pine needle slick in spots and is classified as a moderate hiking trail. One section has a 12% grade which is probably why it's labeled moderate.
The suspension bridge is 1.25 miles from the trailhead with another .25 miles down to the creekbed.
Drift Creek Falls
Don't step on the local wildlife crossing the trail! :) I also saw 3 deer crossing the highway but I couldn't get the camera out fast enough!
On the way out was this sign:
and the hillside:
Pictures labeled so that I can easily find them on my computer and the discriptions are either descriptions (go figure!:D) or my thoughts at the time.