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Ashtabula is a commercial, historical, and recreational center located in Ashtabula County in Northeast Ohio, roughly equidistant from Cleveland and Erie, Pa. As of 2000 census, the population is 20,962.

Get in[edit]

  • U.S. Route Number 20 - Runs through town from southwest to northeast.
  • Ohio State Route 11 - Runs north of town toward the south ending near Youngstown, OH.
  • State Route 45 - Runs from the south, west outside of town, ending north at Lake Erie.
  • State Route 84 - Runs from southwest through town ending north at Lake Erie.
  • State Route 531 - Runs west to east, north of town along Lake Erie.
  • Interstate 90 - Main Interstate running southwest to northeast 6 miles south of town. Best route to travel to Cleveland to the west and Erie, PA. and Buffalo, NY. to the east.

Get around[edit]

Driving is the best way around town. At only 7 square miles, it is possible to walk or bicycle to locations within Ashtabula.

  • City Taxicab & Transfer Co. 1753 W Prospect Rd, +1 440 992-2156.
  • Premier Transportation 6710 N Ridge Rd W, +1 440 466-1515


  • Bascule Lift Bridge - Located in Ashtabula Harbor. This lift bridge was created in the early to mid 1900s to accommodate marina traffic and Conrails (now Norfolk Southern) iron ore freighters. It is still in use as the main gateway to Lake Erie from the Ashtabula River. At night it is beautifully illuminated with bright blue lights that reflect in the water making the harbor glow.
  • The Harbor Buzz - This generally refers to all activities in Ashtabula Harbor during the summer.

Activities include

  • Car Shows.
  • Beauty Pageants.
  • Eating Contests.
  • Raffles.
  • Street Performers.
  • Stage Performers.
  • Ashtabula Farmers Market, Ashtabula Harbor. Street vendors and local merchants bring products and services on the sidewalk, several local farms and co-ops offer fresh organic produce.
  • Walnut Beach, Walnut Blvd. & Lake Ave. Public beach (lifeguard until 6pm, kid and pet friendly) accessible by a boardwalk. sand dunes, walking trail, wetlands, sports facilities (tennis, basketball, and volleyball).
  • Lake Shore Park, +1 440 964-3819. Lake Road and Manola (east of SR 11). Public park with a public beach, pavilions and picnic areas, playground, a boat launch, and disc golf site.
  • Point Park, Walnut Street. Public park with camping that overlooks Ashtabula harbor and river, as well as the coal conveyor, shipping docks, and lift bridge. In the park see the Hulett ore unloader and Merchant Marine Memorial.
  • Saybrook Township Park, SR 531, 2 miles west of SR 45. Public park with picnic pavilions, playground, baseball diamond, and trail to a small, unguarded beach.
  • [dead link] Western Reserve Greenway Trail, +1 440 576-0717. West Ave in Ashtabula to SR 307 in Austinburg. Trailheads are at Old Austinburg Road, 2 miles east of SR 45 off Austinburg Road, Woodman Avenue in Ashtabula, and Lampson Road. The 43-mile trail runs to Champion Avenue East in Warren. The trail is paved and good for hiking, biking, rollerblading in summer, and cross-country skiing and snowmobiling in winter.
  • 1 Ashtabula Harbor Lighthouse. End of Ashtabula Harbor breakwall. Established in 1836 but now not in operation. The best way to see the lighthouse is by boat since it is on a long breakwall that could be treacherous to walk. There are no tours of the lighthouse. Ashtabula Harbor Light on Wikipedia Ashtabula Harbor Light (Q726301) on Wikidata
  • Olin Covered Bridge Museum, +1 440 998-0025. Off SR 84, south on Dibble Road to Dewey Road, Ashtabula County's only museum of covered bridges. Memorabilia, artefacts, and educational displays. Hours - June 1 to October 31. W,Sa, & Su 1PM-5PM.




Bicycle Riding[edit]

  • Western Reserve Greenway, 2773 Ohio State Route 307 (Austinburg Trail Head), +1 440 576-0717. A 43-mile, mostly shaded and rural paved bike trail that runs north-south from Ashtabula to Warren, Ohio. There are 6 trailheads and parking lots along the trail.


  • Albinos Meats, 2316 Lake Ave, +1 440 997-0791. Fresh meats, must pre-order.
  • Ashtabula Towne Square (Ashtabula Mall), +1 440 998-2020. 3315 N. Ridge East. With a new owner and renovations came a name change to the mall, still bringing customers to stores in the mall some inwhich include JC Penney, Sears, Super K-Mart, Dunhams Sports, a food court, and more than 65 specialty shops and services,visit the site for more information,
  • Antique Boutique, 1003 Bridge Street, +1 440 964-0164.



  • Crow's Nest, 1257 Harmon Rd, Ashtabula, OH 44004 (Take Rt.11 until it ends), +1 440 964-2696.



  • Luoma's Surfers Point Camping, 5654 Lake Road West (0.7 mile west of SR 45 on SR 531), +1 440 964-2956. Lake Erie front campground with private beach and walking trail. Open May 15-October 15.

Go next[edit]

Youngstown, Erie, and Cleveland are around an hour away from Ashtabula.

Routes through Ashtabula
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