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Headlands Beach State Park is a public beach in Mentor and Painesville Township, Ohio, United States. It is the longest natural beach in Ohio and attracts two million visitors annually. The breakwall at the eastern end of the park, frequented by fishermen, is surmounted by the Fairport Harbor West Breakwater Light. The park features a 35-acre beach for sunbathing, swimming, and beach glass hunting along with picnicking facilities and seasonal concessionaire.Make Headlands Beach State Park a centerpiece of your Mentor vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Mentor trip planner.
Headlands Beach State Park reviews
Lovely place to go and sit on the beach on a nice warm day. So relaxing. The view is calming and peaceful
Lovely place to go and sit on the beach on a nice warm day. So relaxing. The view is calming and peaceful more »
You don’t expect to find a beautiful beach in Cleveland, but here it is. This large, gorgeous sand beach near Cleveland, Ohio, features amazing sand sculptures, a wide variety of stones, sea glass...
You don’t expect to find a beautiful beach in Cleveland, but here it is. This large, gorgeous sand beach near Cleveland, Ohio, features amazing sand sculptures, a wide variety of stones, sea glass... more »
Loved seeing so many families enjoy the water! This beach is very rocky, but we liked the blue tarp-like walkways, very handy in the sand. I used to come here in the late 90s, and there was a...
Loved seeing so many families enjoy the water! This beach is very rocky, but we liked the blue tarp-like walkways, very handy in the sand. I used to come here in the late 90s, and there was a... more »
This is an expansive park with a deep beachfront. There are many picnic tables and restrooms. Left of the entrance, is where most of the beach access is, along with several parking areas. This place was built with large crowds in mind. If you venture to the right and head to the end, you'll reach a large tree filled grass part of the park. Toward the beach and still to the right, is a sandy trail that leads to the beach. There is also a cove on the other side of the stone barrier, where boats can pull into. Along the trail, you can head to the left on an adjoining trail. We've seen large sand sculptures in the summer and there seem to be activities throughout that time of year. Every time we go, its a different adventure. Bear and Cosmo have been enjoying this place for many years, as well as us. 🏖🏞
I enjoyed a lovely few hours at The Eastern side of the Headlands Beach park in early September, a few days ago. We checked out both sides of the park, the western "big beach" and the eastern protected dunes/marsh. Had a picnic in the shade of the beautiful cottonwood trees before going out on the boardwalk to get to the sand. It was a longer walk than I expected for me with my walker, but a nice stroll for most people. I so wanted to take the right hand path to the lighthouse, but it's like a deer trail. Not for someone needing wheels! The beach was nice, but the deck with the binoculars no longer has it's overhead structure. I don't know why they took it down. Again beautiful day, and fun to watch families playing at the beach. After talking to some other visitors, we checked out the western main beachy area to see the three sand sculptures from the sand castle building contest beck in August. It's amazing they are still there. There is a blue tarp runway out towards the water for easier walking (or walkers line mine) but I didn't go all the way out. Looking forward to going back. I feel lucky to live near such a great beach and lake.
I loved the walkway to the beach! The sans castles where still up which is impressive! This beach has sand and lovely areas to eat in the shade. It is a long walk to the beach so be prepared but the water is blue and the sand is pretty so if squint it almost looks like you're somewhere else. I enjoyed this beach. I'll be back
This is a beautiful beach park. No matter what you want to do, you can probably do it there. You can have a cook out, swim, walk a flat paved path, and it is also pet friendly. That is just the main part of the park You can walk in the connected Dunes preserve part of the park. It has beautiful views and is very peaceful. The whole park is peaceful, When I have a lot of stuff on my mind it is the perfect place to just chill, take in the beauty of the place and sort things out. Even in the fall and winter you can find peace and beauty there.
Beautiful park right next to Lake Eerie! I can definitely tell why it was ranked one of the best beaches in Ohio as it was definitely a great place to enjoy some time out with friends or family! I highly recommend visiting if you’re in the area!
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