The Bridges of Ashtabula County
Updated: Aug 4, 2022
We arrived at the Kenisee Lake RV Campground in Jefferson, OH (Ashtabula County) on August 4th for 7 nights. The campground is very low key and peaceful. It was nice to have some down time to help us get back in the RV'ing groove. We could tell we were in America's heartland by all of the corn fields and farms dotted along the countryside.
We liked that there was a bike path close to the campground called the Western Reserve Greenway Trail. According to their website it is a "paved rail-trail extending 44 miles through Ashtabula and Trumbull counties in northeast Ohio." Pat and I rode from the campsite to Roaming Shores and back-about 17 miles.
You can tell the trail was once a railroad bed because you can go miles without ever turning or going around a curve. The path was totally straight. It was great to be back on the bikes again!
Besides the bike path, there wasn't a whole lot to see and do around this area. Apparently, Ashtabula County is wine country. There were several wineries in close proximity to the campground, but we didn't visit any during our stay.
Someone we met at the local dog park told us that Geneva on the Lake was a must-see, so we drove the 30 minutes one day to see it. They have a restaurant there called Ruff Life on the Lake. It was actually a pet boutique as well as a restaurant. They really catered to dogs. They even had a selection of food options on their menu specifically for dogs, or as they call it the "Four Legged Friend Menu", which included chicken breast, scrambled eggs, peanut butter cupcakes and ice cream. Myah opted for the ice cream! She was allowed to roam free on the patio as we ate our lunch. She didn't want to share her ice-cream with the other dog patrons though.
Besides wine, Ashtabula County is known for their covered bridges. There are 18 covered bridges spanning 69 miles in this county. They have a covered bridge driving tour that takes you around to all of them. We didn't do the complete tour, but we did hit a few, including the Smolen-Gulf Bridge, the longest covered bridge in the U.S. at 613 feet long. We managed to snap a few pics of the ones we visited. Each bridge was unique and spoke to the history of this area.
Our time in Ohio is coming to an end. Tomorrow we are heading North to Erie, Michigan. First stop is an overnight stay at an orchard and cider mill.
I'm finally caught up with the blog! I'll try to keep up with it on a more regular basis.