The Covered Bridges of Ashtabula County, Ohio

Harpersville Covered Bridge. Photo taken by Michael Miller. For Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA)


When we think of Ashtabula County, located in northeastern Ohio, the first thing that comes to mind are the bridges- specifically, covered bridges. With 19 covered bridges built in different eras where iron, steel and lastly concrete were primarily used for bridge construction, Ashtabula County has the highest number of bridges in Ohio and belongs in the top five in the country, competing with the likes of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (28) and the most number going to Parke County, Indiana (31). Yet it includes some of the fanciest that are worth visiting, including the longest covered bridge in the US in the Smolen-Gulf Bridge, built in 2008. There’s the combi-bridge at Harpersville. The oldest covered bridge, located on Mechanicsville Road, was built in 1867. The county offers bridge tours to show tourists the finest and there’s even a covered bridge festival, which takes place every year in October and features contests, a parade and other events.

So where are these covered bridges located and what do they look like? There are many maps and tour guides on these unique crossings, yet I found a drone-style bridge tour guide recently, which features each crossing but viewing them from a bird’s eye perspective. This 19+ tour includes some information and the bridge, inside and out. 🙂

As many as the covered bridges are also the metal truss and concrete arch bridges, Ashtabula County has to offer. One will need a full week to get to all of the historic bridges in the county. Have a look at the complete tout guide courtesy of by clicking here and then you can plan your tour to your liking. There are many ways to take a look at them. One can be done with droning as we saw with the covered bridges, but as the slogan goes, the more creative you are, the more attractive the tours can be. So get your cameras out there and give it your best bridgehunter shot. 🙂

Happy Bridgehunting, folks! 🙂 ❤