In case you hadn’t already noticed, Ohio is full of some of the most beautiful covered bridges. In fact, it almost has the most covered bridges in the U.S. (Pennsylvania actually has the most, followed by Ohio.) On a crisp fall day they’re a heartwarming sight to see, and on a sunny afternoon they’re cheerful landmarks to come across. Ohio is proud of its covered bridge charm, and the following are a just a few of our favorites.
1. The Bridge of Dreams
This 370-foot long bridge was built in the 1920s and originally used as a railroad bridge. It was covered in 1996. The Bridge of Dreams stretches over the Mohican River along the Mohican Valley Trail in Union Township.
2. Hune Covered Bridge
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this historic bridge was built in 1879. It is located in Reno, near Marietta, and sits next to the Hune Bridge Campground.
3. State Road Covered Bridge
This 157-foot long bridge in Monroe Township is currently one of 16 drivable bridges in Ashtabula County.
4. Hueston Woods Bridge
Preble County is home to one of Ohio's newest covered bridges. Completed in 2012, this bridge over Four Mile Creek on Camden College Corner Road features a nearby water hole and picnic area.
5, Mohican State Park Covered Bridge
Mohican State Park features a beautiful and memorable covered bridge that's a popular stop for hikers before they venture to Lyons Falls.
6. Johnson Road Covered Bridge
Built in 1870 and rehabilitated in 2000, this Jackson County covered bridge stretches over Brushy Fork Little Scioto River on Johnson Road. You can find this historic bridge near Petersburg in southwestern Scioto Township.
7. Teegarden Covered Bridge
This Columbiana County bridge crosses Little Beaver Creek on Eagleton Road near Salem. It was built in 1876 and is currently only open to pedestrian traffic.
8. Rinard Bridge
Stretching over the Little Muskingum River, you can find this Washington County covered bridge in New Matamoras, just off of OH-26.
9. Middle Road Covered Bridge
This 126-foot long bridge spans Conneaut Creek in Conneaut and was built in 1868. It is also one of the 16 drivable bridges left in Ashtabula County.
10. Helmick Covered Bridge
Morgan County is home to this historic bridge over Island Run on Milirk Road. It was built in 1867 and rehabilitated in 1991.
11. Clifton Mill Covered Bridge
During the holidays, this Yellow Springs area attraction decks out its covered bridge in millions lights.
12. Buckeye Furnace Covered Bridge
This lovely little Jackson County bridge stretches over Little Raccoon Creek in Wellston at Buckeye Furnace State Memorial.
13. Harra Covered Bridge
Waterford is home to this historic bridge, which was built in 1875 and served daily traffic until the late 20th-century. It spans the South Branch of Wolf Creek near the intersection of State Route 339 and Township Road 172.
14. Everett Covered Bridge
Everett Covered Bridge is the only remaining covered bridge in Summit County. Built in the 19th-century, it played an important role in the transportation system for the Ohio & Erie Canal. It crosses Furnace Run at Everett Road in Peninsula within the Cuyahoga Valley National Park
15. Knowlton Covered Bridge
This 912-foot long bridge was once known as the "Burr Arch Bridge" and was constructed in 1887. You can find this historic bridge at the Knowlton Covered Bridge Park on State Route 26 in Washington Township near Rinards Mills.
16. Smolen-Gulf Bridge
At the Plymouth and Ashtabula Township line in northern Ashtabula County, you'll find America's longest covered bridge. it is 613 feet long, stretching State Road across the Ashtabula River.
17. West Liberty Covered Bridge
America's shortest covered bridge is 18 feet long. It carries West Liberty Street across Cowles Creek in Geneva.
Have you seen or drove under any of these covered bridges? Where is your favorite covered bridge in Ohio? Share your thoughts, photos and memories with us!