- Contact Us
- Apply Online
- About Us
- Resource Center
About Ashtabula County
Ashtabula County's tagline says it best: This is where great things happen. It is home to good people and a lot of fun activities.
Ashtabula County, Ohio, is located along Lake Erie and the Pennsylvania border in Northeastern Ohio. It is Ohio's largest county and is home to a microclimate which grows 65% of all grapes in Ohio. Rolling hills lined with Viniferas and French/American Hybrids give this unique growing region the feel of Napa Valley right here on the shores of Lake Erie and produce delicious wines.
We are home to 18 covered bridges, including America's longest and shortest covered bridges. The longest, Smolen Gulf Covered Bridge, is 613 feet long spanning the Ashtabula River. The shortest, West Liberty Street Covered Bridge, is 18 feet long over Cowles Creek.
Residents and tourists love the shopping and street festivals in our historic downtowns, ride bikes on the 26-mile Greenway Trail, play on our beaches, visit lighthouses, museums and historical sites, and fish in our two scenic rivers.
The name Ashtabula means always enough fish to be shared around in the Native American Lenape language. Boating and camping are also popular activities in our many natural spaces.
We have been the inspiration for artists and writers. Carl Sandburg wrote a poem titled "Crossing Ohio when Poppies Bloom in Ashtabula." There is also a novel called The King from Ashtabula by Vern Sneider, published in 1960. The city is also mentioned in the Bob Dylan song, "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go."
Among the many historical sites are several former stops on the Underground Railroad, a system of safe houses that hosted African-American slaves as they escaped to freedom in Canada in the years before the Civil War.
Visit www.visitashtabulacounty.com for more information about our wonderful community.