With 19 covered bridges, Ashtabula County boasts the most covered bridges of any county in Ohio, the longest covered bridge (613 feet) in the U.S. as well as the shortest (18 feet in length). The Ashtabula County Convention & Visitors Bureau has mapped out two self driving tours that hit all 19. The first tour covers 69 miles and 12 bridges in the northeast corner of the county; the second hits six bridges over 68 miles in the western half.
Some are on paved roads and some are on quiet dirt roads in the country. Some are new, but most are old. Every October, the county hosts a covered bridge festival which is a perfect time of year for a drive through the countryside as the leaves turn colors. During the festival, volunteers at each covered bridge hosts different activities.
Self guided driving tour - http://www.coveredbridgefestival.org/Forms/2013map-web.pdf
Only have time for one covered bridge? The Harpersfield covered bridge is located on 1 mile from Vineyard Woods.
Harpersfield Bridge is a covered bridge spanning the Grand River in Harpersfield Township. This double-span Howe truss bridge, is the third longest covered bridge in Ohio at 228 feet. A flood in 1913 washed away the land at the north end of the bridge, and the steel span was subsequently attached. The bridge features a walkway, added during its renovation in 1991-92. The bridge also features an Ashtabula County MetroPark at its north end, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
1868 – Bridge constructed.
1913 – Steel span added.
1962 – Bypassed when State Route 534 was rerouted around the settlement of Harpersfield.
1991-92 – Bridge renovated.
Length: 228 feet (69.5 m)
Overhead clearance: 12 feet 9 inches (3.9 m)