Ohio's historic covered bridges offer a wonderful passage into yesteryear. Magical and colorful crossings set against the area's rolling hills and vineyards, Ashtabula County's covered bridges offer a one-of-a-kind look at a bygone era and a great way to "time-travel" during leisurely Ohio excursions all year long.
Detailed information and photos of all covered bridges can be found here: Ashtabula County Covered Bridges. The annual Covered Bridge Festival takes place the second full weekend every October, and is an event not to be missed.
The rest of the year, The Lodge at Geneva on the Lake is the perfect destination to tour Ohio's covered bridges. Ashtabula County is now home to 19 famed covered bridges, each with its own unique history. Make a day of it and see some of the highlights, including the shortest covered bridge in the U.S. to the longest covered bridge in the U.S., measuring 613 ft. in length!
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See up to 13 of the top covered bridges in northeast Ohio on our Covered Bridge Tour. Departing from The Lodge, enjoy a 4-hour tour of the countryside and take in some lively commentary and rich history from our knowledgeable guide.
September 27 - November 30 (Sun-Wed only)
Departure Time: 1:00pm | Return Time: 5:00pm
The number of bridges seen on the tour will depend on the length of time spent at each bridge. No guaranteed specific number of bridges visited. We will make one shopping and bathroom stop, as well as one dinner stop (all purchases on own).
Advance reservations are required. Available to guests of The Lodge and locals for $50+tax per person, call 440-466-7100 and press 0 to book your shuttle tour today.
The longest covered bridge in the United States is of Pratt Truss construction. Engineering and structural design by John Smolen (former County Engineer) and architectural design by Timothy Martin (current County Engineer) the bridge was dedicated August 26, 2008. The bridge is 613 ft. long and stands 93 ft. above the Ashtabula River. With clear width of 30 ft. and height of 14 ft. 6 in. this unique Ohio covered bridge will support full legal load traffic and has a life expectancy of 100 years.
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A 138-foot Town lattice with Arch bridge, Benetka was built about 1900 spanning the Ashtabula River. It was renovated in 1985. A laminated arch 9-inches wide and 38-inches thick was added to the length of the bridge.
This two-span Howe truss bridge is 228-feet long, the 2nd longest covered bridge in Ohio. It spans the Grand River, which is the primary drainage channel of western Ashtabula County. The bridge was built in 1868 and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Located in the County Metro Park it is a great place to picnic. A flood in 1913 washed soil away from the north end of the bridge and changed the river channel. The steel bridge was then attached. A walkway was added in 1991-92 when the bridge was renovated.
The third longest single-span Covered Bridge in Ashtabula County, this 156 ft. Howe truss with arch was built over Grand River in 1867. The arch is 15 layers of 2 x 8 lumber encased by large beams which form the X's of the Howe truss. Believed to be the oldest of the County's covered bridges. This bridge was renovated in 2003-2004 and was once again opened to traffic in the spring of 2004.
Located in a very picturesque area of the county, Windsor Mills Bridge spans Phelps Creek, a tributary of the Grand River. Built in 1867, the Town lattice sits atop cut stone abutments with unique center supports. One is of sandstone quarried nearby. The other, in contrast, is made from creek stone. Windsor Mills Bridge is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places. This bridge was renovated in 2002-2004 and was once again opened to traffic in the spring of 2004.
Tour a number of award-winning wineries via our year-round wine shuttle. The sweeping vineyards of the Grand River Valley growing region are yours for the tasting. Or check out the seasonal covered bridge tours for a new wealth of information from our knowledgeable guides.
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