The trademark of Headlands Beach State Park is its mile-long natural sand beach, the largest in the state. In addition to its popularity during the summer season with picnickers and swimmers, the area is home to many plant species typically found only along the Atlantic Coast.

Lifeguards: Noon-7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. YES
Concession stand: YES
Fishing: A federal breakwall is located at the east end of the park offering fishing opportunities for smallmouth, largemouth and rock bass, yellow perch, bluegill, walleye, coho salmon and carp. In addition, crappie, steelhead trout, sucker, catfish and bullhead are common catches. A valid Ohio fishing license is required. YES
Picnicking: A scenic picnic area with tables and grills is provided. The picnic shelter may be reserved online or by calling (866) 644-6727 YES
Swimming: As the largest natural sand beach in Ohio, Headlands offers recreation for swimmers and sunbathers. Change booths, concession areas and restrooms are provided. YES
Trails: Two trails run through the park with additional trails found in the adjacent nature preserve. YES


The 450-acre Mentor Lagoons Nature Preserve is on Ohio's north coast and features 1-1/2 miles of wild, natural beach. A network of trails leads the hiker through four diverse vistas, including an upland forest, the Mentor Marsh, the lagoons and the Lake Erie shoreline. A water trail has been established for paddlers, along with safe portage to Lake Erie. Kayaks are available to rent from the Marina Office.This City-owned preserve offers free use of electric carts for the physically challenged; they are available on a first come basis. The City of Mentor will customize nature hikes, hayrides, and kayak or canoe trips to meet your needs. This is an ideal nature stop for anyone visiting northeast Ohio and provides exception birding opportunities. Immediately adjacent is the 700 acre Mentor Marsh State Nature Preserve. Just east of that is Headlands Beach State Park, the longest public swimming beach in Ohio.
Guided kayak tours YES
Hiking and Bike Trails YES
Golf carts for handicapped accessibility YES
Fishing YES
Dog Friendly YES


Mentor Marsh, designated as a National Natural Landmark in 1966, occupies an ancient abandoned channel of the Grand River.

A beech-sugar maple forest occupies the higher elevations bordering the marsh. At the eastern edge of the preserve, there is a mixed oak swamp forest, a forest type destroyed in most parts of the Lake Erie region.

The most extensive plant community type is an emergent wetland dominated by reed-grass or Phragmites. This is the largest Phragmites marsh in Ohio. The area provides habitat for a diversity of wildlife species.

Boardwalk YES
Wildlife viewing YES
Bird Watching: One of the best places in the state to witness spring migrations of songbirds. Great numbers of waterfowl also stop at the marsh during seasonal migrations, such as blue-winged teal, American wigeon, gadwall, American black duck, Northern shoveler and hooded merganser. YES
Nature Center YES
Hiking Trails: 4 mile trail system YES