Cleveland July 04, 2019
The Hidden Beaches Road Trip That Will Show You Greater Cleveland Like Never Before
We are treated to stunning lakefront views here on Cleveland’s coast. This can make summertime days particularly memorable, as there’s nothing quite like fun in the sun right on the water. However, Cleveland’s own beaches can become crowded on particularly balmy days. Fortunately, the area abounds with lesser-known swimming beaches, both on Lake Erie’s shore and further inland. Pack some sunscreen and a few beach towels, because this adventure through some of the best swimming beaches near Cleveland just may become your favorite summertime trip.
Grab a beach towel and some sunscreen, because this road trip is full of fun in the sun.
We're swinging by some of the lesser-known lakes and beaches around Cleveland today, so prepare for a summertime road trip that you'll never forget. You can find an interactive map
1. Geneva State Park
Over in the stunning Ashtabula County area is an impressive state park with 698 acres right on the shore of Lake Erie. Geneva Park, though right on the lake, reflects an interesting moment in ancient Ohio history: its geological features demonstrate that it was under water at times and also miles away from water at others. In addition to unique geomorphic features, this site also hosts unique plants that are typically only found on the Atlantic Coast. You'll feel like you're somewhere far more tropical when you unwind on Geneva State Park's 300-foot swimming beach.
Address: 4499 Padanarum Road, Geneva, OH, 44041
2. Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park Beach
As Lake Erie is relatively shallow, it can churn tremendously and suddenly as storms roll in. There's no better place to watch cloud formations develop that Fairport Harbor Beach, a sanctuary for humans and indigenous species alike. If you're longing for some time inn the water but don't want to swim, you can rent a kayak and embark on adventure. Those who need accessibility accommodations will be pleased to know that this beach includes a boardwalk, allowing wheelchairs and scooters to traverse the sandy beach with ease.
Address: 301 Huntington Beach Drive, Fairport Harbor, OH, 44077
3. Lakeview Park
At only 20 acres, Lakeview Park is minuscule compared to many nearby reservations and preserves. This park, however, is small but mighty. It offers striking views of Lake Erie's sunsets and includes an aromatic, visually spectacular
to stroll through.
Address: 1800 West Erie Avenue, Lorain, OH, 44052
4. Wallace Lake
If you're not a fan of Lake Erie beaches (admittedly, many area residents are not particularly fond of them), you just might enjoy a dip at Wallace Lake Beach. This former quarry site is located along Valley Parkway, and its man-made lake was built with the intention of creating a spot for summertime fun. As you can see, this is a particularly striking spot to visit in the late summer months as leaves are just starting to change.
Address: Wallace Lake Drive, Berea, OH, 44017
5. Hinckley Reservation
Hinckley Reservation is iconic for its annual return of the buzzards celebration, but locals love the park for its swimming opportunities as well. The Spillway Swim Area by their Jazz Age dam is a hit with swimmers of all ages, and the Ledge Pool & Recreation Area offers an alternative for those craving something slightly less rustic.
Address: 1151 Ledge Road, Hinckley, OH, 44256
6. Munroe Falls Metropark
While there is a $5 admission fee for adults at Munroe Falls Metropark, it's a price well worth paying for such a pristine and lovely beach. Once upon a time, the former owners of this property realized that swimmers enjoyed their small fishing lake, thus they expanded it to 13 acres in 1937 and opened Renner Park, a small sliver of sunshine in a tumultuous era. Summit Metro Parks acquired the site in 2007, expanding the area around the lake to include hiking trails, picnic tables, and pavilions.
Address: 521 South River Road, Munroe Falls, OH, 44262
7. West Branch State Park
At 2,650 acres, the lake at West Branch State Park is kind of a big deal with lovers of the great outdoors. Located just east of Ravenna, you'll find that this charming state park includes a land mass that's double the size of its impressive lake. Its meadows and woodlots are ideal for hikers, and its 700-foot-long sandy beach offers an ideal way to soak up some of the summer sun. After a bit of sunbathing, many enjoy cooling off in the forested shade on a few portions of the park's 14 miles of trails.
Address: 5570 Esworthy Road, Ravenna, OH, 44266
Summertime is magical in and around Cleveland, and there’s truly nothing quite like a swim just before sunset. Which of these beaches is your favorite?
Can’t get enough of area fun? You’ll have a ball when you
add these things to your summer bucket list.