Tourism

Conneaut, Ohio offers visitors a diverse selection of activities to choose from, a rich history and a beautiful backdrop. Located on Lake Erie, home to one of the world’s best sunsets… You can relax as you enjoy the perks of small town. We invite you to preview some of Conneaut’s best activities and we look forward to welcoming you to our city of Conneaut, Ohio!

Autumn Crossing by Joy Cobb

Conneaut, Ohio Covered Bridge
Photography by Joy Cobb

17 Covered Bridges Ashtabula County

Ashtabula County is home to 17 covered bridges, including the longest covered bridge in the US – which spans 613 feet and stands 93 feet above the Ashtabula River. You can tour all of the bridges or enjoy the Annual Covered Bridge Festival – each October.

Lake Erie, Conneaut Ohio Beach

Conneaut,Ohio offers public access to the  picturesque waters of Lake Erie.  Conneaut is also home to Ashtabula County’s largest public beach!

Enjoy a relaxing evening on the beach,  overlooking on of the world’s best sunsets  or take your children for an afternoon of fun and laughter at Conneaut’s beautiful park  overlooking the lake. Conneaut Community  Park is equipped with pavilions to accommodate large groups, and a large  playground, with plenty of room to run!

Conneaut Ohio Deer Hunting

Turkey & Deer Hunting

Acres of rich forest and rolling farmlands  make Conneaut, Ohio a superior choice  for Deer and Turkey Hunting.

Outdoorsmen can also take a scenic drive  and watch wild turkey, foxes, coyote and  while tailed deer in their natural habitat.

In addition, there is an 86 acres Conneaut  Wildlife Area that provides abundant hunting oppottunities for white tailed deer, wild turkey and squirrels. The area was aquired to protect the rare hemlock harwood forest in our area.

Conneaut, Ohio

Photography by Joy Cobb

Conneaut’s Hiking and Scenic Trails

For more than two decades, Conneaut Ohio has been the recipient of the Tree City USA Award.

Our city is dedicated to preserving our beautiful forestry. You can take a hike along scenic trails and enjoy relaxing views of rolling farmload or go for  a bike ride and enjoy the sun overlooking the breathtaking views of Lake Erie from Conneaut.

Conneaut History

Conneaut Historical Tours – History comes back to life in Conneaut. Take a tour of The Conneaut Historical Railroad Museum, located in the New York Central Station in Conneaut. The Museum offers railroad artifacts and local history. The highlights include model engines, steam locomotives, freight cars, and other railroad equipment

Conneaut Ohio Wineries

We are home to 15 local wineries. Taste some of the world’s best wines at one  of Ashtabula County’s fifteen local wineries.  Lake Erie’s effect on our local climate makes Northeastern Ohio one of the best places in  the eastern United States for grape farming.

Ashtabula County produces nearly two-thirds of the grapes in all of Ohio. Several Conneaut  wineries also offer exceptional meals to compliment their diverse, local wine menu.

Walleye Fishing Conneaut, Ohio

Walleye Fishing Lake Erie
Photography by Joy Cobb

World Class Fishing in Conneaut

Calling all Anglers, Conneaut Ohio is known  for their world class steelhead and walleye  fishing. Conneaut is known as the “Walleye  Capital of the World” and the “Steelhead  Capital of Ohio.” Cast your rod and enjoy  the beautiful scenery of Lake Erie as you  wait for the “big catch”. You can fish for  walleye, perch, musky and bass in Lake Erie  or Conneaut Creek – Featured Nationwide.

Conneaut, Ohio Lighthouse

Connneaut Harbor Lighthouse

The Conneaut Harbor Lighthouse, has  become the icon often associated with  Conneaut, Ohio. In 1835, the port of  Conneaut was marked by a lighthouse on a  pier. 50 years later, that pier was severely  deteriorated and in the 1890’s a new  lighthouse was built to serve Conneaut.

In the 19th century, Conneaut was a rich shipping port for grain, whiskey and forestry  products and a lighthouse was important to  our economy.

The lighthouse built in the 1890’s lasted until 1917, when a new lighthouse was erected.

That lighthouse was replaced again for a final time, in 1935 with a new sleek tower – state  of the art at the time. The Conneaut Harbor  Lighthouse still stands strong today, as a  symbol of Conneaut’s rich past with a few  modern updates. If you visit Conneaut, make  sure stop by this local landmark.

Scenic Train Rides, Conneaut Ohio

Take a one hour, 12 mile round trip over the  last remaining portion of the New York  Central’s Ashtabula to Pittsburgh “High  Grade” passenger mainline.

The Ashtabula, Carson & Jefferson Scenic  Line travels through scenic woodlands and farmland between the quaint village of  Jefferson to Carson, a staging yard for  Norfolk Southern’s coal operation in historic  Ashtabula Harbor.

The AC&J Scenic Line operates from  Father’s Day weekend in June through the  last weekend in October.

Reservations for small groups of under 20 persons are not necessary.    We operate a full-size train with passenger  cars built in the mid 1920s. One is a former  long-distance car with air-conditioning. Two others are commuter cars having openable  windows and ceiling fans. Several can be  heated for cooler weather. There is one on-  board lavatory.

The round trip lasts one hour and covers  approximately twelve miles. Travel is through  back farm country, crossing over two bridges,  through woods and ending at Carson Yard.  Many areas seen are undisturbed in over a century of railroading.

On board snacks and souvenirs are  available in our club car.

Due to the age of our equipment, the AC&J  is not handicap accessible.