The Hidden Beaches Road Trip That Will Show You Ohio Like Never Before

You work hard, and the days can be long. That’s why it’s time to start thinking about when and where you’re going to have your next beach day. Fortunately, beaches in Ohio can be just as satisfying as ocean beaches. Perhaps you’ve wondered where to find the best hidden beaches in Ohio.

Instead of visiting one of the state’s most popular water parks or Lake Erie beaches, consider taking a trip across the state to visit some of Ohio’s best, little-known beaches. (Be sure to check out this little-known beach where the water is a mesmerizing blue.) From tiny beaches tucked away in little-known water parks to beaches hiding behind roller coasters, the following trip features some of our favorite beaches in Ohio that just don’t get enough attention. See which ones you’ve been to before and which ones you need to add to your Ohio summer bucket list:

The total trip to reach these beaches and lakes in Ohio takes about 6 and a half hours, so you can split it up over a few days during a weekend getaway. View a Google Map of the trip in a separate tab or window.

What do you think about these hand-picked beaches in Ohio? Would you take this trip? How many of these Ohio beaches did you know about? Share your thoughts and experiences with us in a comment!

For more of the best hidden beaches in Ohio, check out the secret tropical beach in Ohio where the water is a mesmerizing blue.

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Best Beaches in Ohio

June 01, 2023

What are the prettiest beaches in Ohio?


Some of Ohio’s prettiest beaches are found along Lake Erie and some are hidden quarries that take some time to find. Nelson Ledges Quarry Park in Garrettsville features a beautiful swimming beach where the water is mesmerizing blue. The best sandy beach in Ohio is at Headlands Beach State Park in Mentor. Headlands Beach is the largest natural sand beach in Ohio and it’s a little more than a mile long. Many also consider this Lake Erie beach to be the prettiest beach in Ohio. 

What are the best beach towns in Ohio?

Some of the best beach towns in Ohio include:


Although Ohio isn’t a coastal state and the closest beach to Ohio in regard to the ocean is many hours away in Atlantic City, it’s still home to some charming beach towns along Lake Erie. Some of these towns are as follows: Huron, Mentor, Marblehead, Put-In-Bay, and Port Clinton. Any of Ohio’s islands could also be considered beach towns. For these waterfront towns, Lake Erie is its own special kind of ocean.

What beaches have the clearest water in Ohio?

The beach with the clearest water in Ohio is difficult to determine. There are several quarries that could arguably have the clearest water in Ohio. White Star Quarry in Gibsonburg features a scuba diving resort and a designated swimming area. The visibility rarely gets lower than 20 ft. and it averages in the 30 ft. - 40 ft. range, according to the quarry's website.