9 Undeniable Reasons To Visit The Longest Covered Bridge Near Cleveland

There’s something enchanting about covered bridges. They’re a simple and fairly rustic structure, and yet we’re helplessly enamored by them. They draw a distinct line between yesteryear and the modern era, and they’re both works of art and feats of engineering – an uncovered wooden bridge has a lifespan of about 20 years; however, a covered bridge can last a century or longer.

Unfortunately, the evolution of technology and more affordable metal building materials have turned these lovely structures into mementos of a bygone era, and as a result, communities like Ashtabula County have become world-renowned for their collection of covered bridges. Ashtabula County is home to 19 covered bridges, including two unique bridges that have fascinating claims to fame. If you’re not yet sold on taking a road trip to see this nearby county’s covered bridges, consider these nine reasons to check out the particularly noteworthy Smolen–Gulf Bridge.

This lovely covered bridge is one of the most impressive in all of Northeast Ohio. Have you ever paid it a visit?

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