Mentor, Ohio, is home to the popular Headlands Beach State Park, which as its name suggests, is a mecca for anyone in the state looking for a place to swim and sunbathe in the summer months. Headlands Beach State Park cabins provide nearby back-to-nature accommodation, while on-site there are a variety of activities, hiking trails, and natural habitats to explore and discover.
Best Hikes In Headlands Beach State Park
Staying in one of the Headlands Beach State Park hotels? Then you have picked a great location for outdoor recreation and hiking. The on-site trails cover most of the state park, and with access to neighbouring nature preserves, there's plenty to explore. Look out for the interesting plant species, not typically found in Northeast Ohio.
1. Buckeye Trail
This trail covers all bases, as it's not only handicap accessible, but pets are permitted too. An easy and popular 1.5 mile route.
2. Fishing Trail
A moderate half-mile route found over the other side of the park, bordering the Headlands Dunes Preserve.
3. Zimmerman Trail
A Five mile hiking route that offers access to Mentor Marsh State Nature Reserve, which borders the Headlands Beach southern boundary.
Best Family Activities in Headlands Beach State Park
Famous for its mile of natural sand beach, this state park is popular with summer sunbathers and swimmers, but it's also a great spot for outdoor recreation and nature spotting. Hiking and fishing are just two of the activities on offer when you're visiting Headlands Beach State Park.
1. Winter Sports
If the conditions are right later in the year, then you might be one of the lucky ones visiting Headlands Beach State Park. Cross-country skiing and sledding are possible when the snowfall arrives.
This state park has one big attraction in the summer months; the largest natural sand beach in the state. Ohio's Headlands offers a lifeguard patrolled beach, concession stand, and marked swimming areas for all to enjoy.
Why not introduce your friends or family to fishing in a state park. Obtain an Ohio fishing licence and see if you can hook catfish, rock bass, coho salmon, or one of the other species recorded as a 'common catch' in this fishing area.
4. Picnic Spot
A place to play, take photographs, relax, and enjoy your natural surroundings. Tables and grills are available for use, and a shelter house is open for advanced bookings.
5. Extend Your Hike
If you're visiting from the local area, or staying in off-site Headlands Beach State Park cabins, extending your hikes will offer a great opportunity to see local wildlife. Explore the two trails in the state park, then head next door to Headlands Dunes State Nature Preserve. Walking Paths run over the area, which is a happy home to migrating birds and monarch butterflies.
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