Oakalla Covered Bridge in Greencastle, Indiana

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Oakalla Covered Bridge in Greencastle, Indiana

Just down the road from 3 Fat Labs Bed and Breakfast in Greencastle, Indiana sits the stunning Oakalla Covered Bridge. Surrounded by hills and flat land, it couldn’t be in a more beautiful setting. It’s so scenic right here that it just feels good to look around and take it all in. You know what I mean?

This bridge is still open to cars on a quiet stretch of curvy country road so do be forewarned that if you stop, you need to make sure you are out of the way of other cars. It isn’t very often I visit a covered bridge and deal with any traffic, but there was a car that passed us while I was approaching it. The Indiana covered bridge lies above Big Walnut Creek. A single span wooden bridge, it was

You’ll find this Indiana covered bridge stretching across Big Walnut Creek. A single span wooden bridge, it was built in 1898 by Joseph J. Daniels or, as he was more commonly known: J.J. Daniels. Although he constructed many Indiana bridges, this is his first work that I have seen. I must admit that I am very eager to seek out a lot more.

At 152 feet long, it is a long bridge. It is really a beauty. Toward the south rests the old interurban railroad bed. The bridge is named for Oakalla Station. The first image below has been enlarged and printed and hangs in a vintage Victorian frame (I found the frame for a steal at a yard sale–only 25 cents–though I did have to ride back with it on my bicycle and then drive back in the car to pick up the other one) at our front stairs. I am so glad Indiana still possesses these picturesque points. It’s a nice break from the sight of fields and houses.

If you are just getting into photography, I think this bridge would make a great spot to experiment. It has a nice pop of color even in a wintery landscape. It’s off the beaten path yet not too far away from civilization. It’s also surrounded by trees so any shot no matter what the season should result in a “keeper.” Make sure to check my list of places to find Indiana travel advisory resources so if the bridge is closed due to high water, you will know in advance. That’s important. Depending on what part of the state you are from, you may be surprised at the amount of rain that can puddle in an area. Always play it safe. Have fun exploring this one. The Oakalla Covered Bridge is fantastic.

Oakalla Covered Bridge in Greencastle, Indiana

Oakalla Covered Bridge in Greencastle, Indiana

Oakalla Covered Bridge in Greencastle, Indiana

Oakalla Covered Bridge in Greencastle, Indiana

Inside the 1898 Covered Bridge

Oakalla Covered Bridge in Greencastle, Indiana

Looking Up

Oakalla Covered Bridge in Greencastle, Indiana

The View Over Big Walnut Creek

Oakalla Covered Bridge in Greencastle, Indiana

Lovely Arches!

Oakalla Covered Bridge in Greencastle, Indiana

Facing the Bridge

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Oakalla Covered Bridge
39.6264337 latitude and -86.9169551 longitude
Greencastle, Indiana 46135

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Jessica Nunemaker is the Owner of Little Indiana.com. More than a website, Little Indiana is a book, "Little Indiana: Small Town Destinations" (IU Press) awarded first place in the "Best in Indiana Journalism for a Nonfiction Book" by the Indiana Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Little Indiana is also a bi-monthly newspaper column in a local paper and a PBS segment on the former Emmy award-winning program, "The Weekly Special."

2 Comments

  1. Jessica Nunemaker January 7, 2015 at 11:06 pm

    Oh fun! Glad I could give you a little memory jog. 🙂

  2. Maria January 7, 2015 at 11:44 am

    We used to run over this bridge in college! I totally forgot about it, and now I will make sure to go visit it again. Greencastle sure has some gems. Thanks!

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