If you’re traveling to Ohio, you might be interested in a little fresh air and natural scenery. Why not stop by one of the areas most famous covered bridges in Ohio? Although there are 125 and counting within state lines, the Bridge of Dreams is especially unique. Travelers and photographers from all over visit our area with high anticipation to snap a few photos of this steel railway turned pedestrian bridge. You’ll definitely want to add this stop to your Ohio itinerary.
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Everything You Need to Know About the Bridge of Dreams
About the Bridge of Dreams
Although there are plenty of impressive bridges in Ohio, the Bridge of Dreams happens to be the second-longest covered bridge in the state and the third-longest in the nation. This particular covered bridge has an intriguing story behind it as well.
The Pennsylvania Railway was built and used in the 1920s to connect the cities of Cleveland, Akron, and Columbus. Decades later, the railway was no longer in use, and town locals had a new idea: create a covered pedestrian bridge. Many were skeptical when residents first proposed the idea, but they were determined to accomplish the task. With the help of Amish artisans and local volunteers, the covered bridge was completed in 1998 and named the Bridge of Dreams.
Today, the 370-foot bridge remains built on top of the original steel railroad beams over the flowing Mohican River. It has remained a symbol in the community and a reminder that anything is possible.
How to Reach the Bridge
Visitors can find the bridge within the beautiful Mohican River Valley. It sits on the 4.5-mile Mohican Valley Trail that runs between Danville and Brinkhaven, connecting the two towns. It also connects the Kokosing Gap Trail with the Holmes County Trail, two popular hiking paths in the area.
It can be found at 16606 Hunter Rd., Brinkhaven, OH, 43006. Travel toward Brinkhaven on State Route 62 and find Hunter Road on your right after crossing the Mohican River. You’ll get a lovely view of the bridge from here!
Parking is also available under the bridge at the trailhead.
What to Do While You’re There
There are a handful of ways to enjoy your time at the Bridge of Dreams. The scenery around the bridge is stunning! Whether you choose to walk, hike, or bike your way through the area, you’re sure to have a wonderful afternoon. Enjoy the views of the Mohican River, and keep your eyes peeled for horse-drawn buggies!
Stay at the White Oak Inn
A stay at the White Oak Inn is the perfect way to spend your time in Danville, OH. Choose to be a guest in our 100-year-old Main House, or make yourself comfortable in the Guest House or one of our cozy log cabins. You’ll have the peace and serenity you’ve been searching for while also being near the very best that Ohio has to offer. Check our availability and book your stay with us today.