3 Reasons You Need to Tour the Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival

Experience a piece of Northern Ohio tradition this year at the 36th Annual Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival. Delve into the sights of the many incredible, wooden bridges around town and get to know more about the area from our friendly neighbors. Shop the craft show, dance along to live music, enjoy festival food, and join in on the demonstrations. There is something for everyone to experience at this event!

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Why You Need to Visit the Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival

The Ashtabula County Covered Bridge Festival is back again to show off the county’s fascinating bridges. Discover the city’s oldest, shortest,  and new and improved bridges, and indulge in the local cuisine and entertainment. Whether you’ve been every year or have never seen a covered bridge in your life, you won’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind fall festival!

  • The Friendly Festival

The mid-October festival is one of the best in the state. Experience the wholesomeness of the midwest with a pancake breakfast, antique car show, local musicians, kids activities, and a craft show. Learn the history of the county and all about its hand-crafted bridges from the people who know them best. It truly is one of the most unique ways to ring in the change of colors this season.

  • The Parade

Watch the bridge-crafted floats go by at the festival’s parade. The kids will be awe-struck at the fire engines while you enjoy the classic cars. Be sure to make it to the Giddings Park early enough to reserve your spot near the road.

  • The Bridges

Perhaps the only reason you need to plan a visit to the festival is to get an in-depth tour of the bridges themselves. The town boasts 19 beautifully constructed bridges throughout its city limits. Ashtabula is committed to preserving the bridges and maintains both the longest and the shortest covered bridges in the country. 

During the weekend-long festival, each bridge is adopted by a local non-profit organization, decorated, and presented in their unique way. Plan a driving tour to ensure you see them all during your visit! 


Come Back to The Lakehouse Inn Resort

Lake Erie suite The Lakehouse InnAfter a day of exploring some of the most beautiful bridges in the country, you’ll be ready to rest your feet by the lake. Book the Lake Erie Suite and enjoy a king-size bed, cozy sitting room, two-person whirlpool tub, electric fireplace, and lake views from the entire suite. 

Add our Fall Harvest Experience to your trip and discover Ashtabula’s best season. The package includes overnight accommodations, a chef-inspired breakfast, a bottle of apple cider wine, and a voucher to explore the town’s seasonal favorite, Brant’s Apple Orchard. We can’t wait to welcome you to The Lakehouse Inn this autumn!