By Heather Rader
Posted On: Aug 11, 2015
Nestled in the beautiful rural Mohican River Valley is the Bridge of Dreams. Located in Knox County, near the village of Brinkhaven, the Bridge of Dreams towers over the Mohican State Scenic River. With a rich history and spectacular views of Ohio’s rustic terrain, the Bridge of Dreams is indeed, a dream come true for covered bridge enthusiasts!
Built on the abandoned CA & C (Cleveland, Akron, and Columbus) Railroad line (later known as the Penn Central Railroad), the remaining relics of the original steel beam structure was constructed in 1944. With Amish craftsmen and volunteers, the covered bridge was constructed upon the original steel railroad beams and completed in 1998. When the idea to convert the abandoned railroad line to a pedestrian covered bridge was suggested, many believed the idea to be a “pipe dream”. Once the bridge was completed, the Bridge of Dreams, was named to commemorate the original “pipe dream” and to encourage others that dreams can come true! Thus, at 370-foot long, it became the longest pedestrian covered bridge and the second longest covered bridge in Ohio!
With the need to connect the villages of Brinkhaven and Danville along the Mohican Valley Trail, the Bridge of Dreams provides visitors a welcomed viewpoint over the Mohican State Scenic River. Walking on the bridge provides a unique experience, allowing pedestrians and bicyclists to share the bridge with horses. With the nearby Amish communities, the bridge accommodates both horseback riders and the Amish horse and buggies.