Headlands Beach State Park – Ohio’s Largest Beach

Headlands Beach State Park contains the largest natural sand beach in the state of Ohio. The beach located on Lake Erie in Lake County has a mile of beautiful sandy beach. The park is very popular with swimmers and sun bathers in the summer.


The Beach at Headlands State Park.

The park is located between two state nature preserves. Southwest of the park is Mentor Marsh State Nature Preserve and to the east is Headlands Dunes State Nature Preserve. From the beach you can see a breakwater extending north of Headlands Dunes Preserve. Fairport Harbor West Lighthouse is located at the end of this breakwater.

Facilities at the park include a large parking area, restrooms, 24 hour access to fishing along the breakwater, a mile of swimming beach, a playground for kids, a picnic shelter, two concession stands.

Our beach photos show mostly empty beaches, but that’s because they were taken in mid-May.


Since Fairport Harbor is nearby, you see a number of boats passing in the distance.


Jet skiing.


There’s gravel near the waterline, sand farther away.


Sandy portion of beach


Who knew that catbirds were beachgoers?


This portion of the beach near Fairport Harbor West Lighthouse is actually part of the Headlands Beach State Nature Preserve, not the State Park.

Additional Information


Address: 9601 Headlands Road, Mentor, Ohio 44060

© Deborah Platt, Robert Platt and TrekOhio.com 2014

4 thoughts on “Headlands Beach State Park – Ohio’s Largest Beach”

  1. Beckarooney says:

    This post reminded me of home! I used to live near the coast and grew up close to the sea. Beautiful photos, what a gorgeous beach :) x

    1. Bob Platt says:

      I grew up on the east coast (New Jersey) and used to go to the beach regularly. It has that feel, but being fresh water, there’s no salt spray.

  2. Sartenada says:

    Beautiful beach. I am glad that You presented this beach that we can have an idea about it.

    1. Bob Platt says:

      Thanks. It was an interesting place to visit. I enjoy seeing old lighthouses.

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