Situated along the Lake Erie shoreline on the glaciated terrain of Ohio’s Northcoast, Ashtabula County covers 705 square miles of pristine shoreline, Ohio’s largest viticulture district and the largest collect of covered bridges in the state.
If you are looking for something to do in or near Madison, Ohio, why not take a day trip to see all the covered bridges of Ashtabula County?!
Ohio’s Covered Bridge Capital
Ashtabula County is Ohio’s Covered Bridge Capital boasting more of these magnificent structures than anywhere else in the state. Home to 19 covered bridges, Ashtabula County is also the home to the longest and shortest covered bridges in America!
Fall is a great time to take a scenic drive to check out all the covered bridges as the intense fall colors that start around the last week in September, make Ashtabula County’s covered bridges a must do adventure!
Scenic Covered Bridges In Ashtabula County Ohio
I just love covered bridges, and I love scenic drives. What could be better than combining the two?! Here are a few of my favorite covered bridges near Madison, Ohio that I’m hoping to visit soon.
Benetka Road Covered Bridge
A 138 ft. Town lattice with Arch bridge, Benetka was built about 1900 and spans the Ashtabula River.
Caine Road Covered Bridge
This first Pratt truss bridge in Ohio was built in 1986 in honor of Ashtabula County’s 175th Anniversary. The 124-foot long bridge traverses the west branch of the Ashtabula River.
Creek Road Covered Bridge
The construction date of this 125 ft. Town lattice bridge is unknown. It sits 25ft. above the Conneaut Creek and was extensively renovated in 1994.
Harpersfield Covered Bridge
This two-span Howe truss bridge is 228 ft. long, formerly the longest covered bridge in Ohio. It is now the second longest in the State. 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 1991-1992 when the bridge was renovated.
Windsor Mills Covered Bridge
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.
These are just a few of the many covered bridges in the area. Be sure to visit Ashtabula County to check them all out.
Thanks to Classic Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep for helping us learn about the covered bridges in Ashtabula County, Ohio. Image Credit: Visit Ashtabula County