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Headlands Beach State Park
HEADLANDS BEACH STATE PARK
HEADLANDS BEACH STATE PARK
9601 Headlands Road
Mentor, Ohio   44060

Phone: 216-881-8141
Headlands Beach State Park
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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.
Nature of the Area
The northern shoreline of Ohio displays the dynamic effects
Lake Erie has on our changing landscape. The lake has been
a dominant force, shaping Ohio's natural and cultural
development for thousands of years. Erie, meaning wildcat ("it
is long-tailed") is derived from the tribal name of the Indian
culture who inhabited this area until 1655.

Lake Erie was originally much larger than it is today. As an eastern outlet opened via the Niagara River, the lake
drained down to its present size. Sand beaches from the former lake are still found along the northern shore. The
swamp lands adjacent to the beaches were once part of the lake itself.

Plants more common to the Atlantic coastal plain region can be found growing in the surrounding sand dunes. Sea
rocket, beach pea, seaside spurge, beach grass and purple sand grass persist on the dunes.
History of the Area
Lake Erie was a principal avenue of transportation for Indians and frontiersmen alike. The Lake Trail, a heavily used
Indian path, ran along the south shore of the lake. Originally, the trail was used by the Iroquois. Later other Indians
and settlers found it provided access to the Ohio country.

Northeastern Ohio was given to Connecticut in an agreement by which that state gave up claim to all other land
running west to the Pacific Ocean. Connecticut named the 3.8 million acres the "Western Reserve." Proceeds from
the sale of this land were to benefit Connecticut schools. The Connecticut Land Company purchased the land for
roughly 35 cents an acre and began selling tracts of land. Easterners moved west, and by 1800 the population of the
Reserve was approximately 1,300.

Nearby Fairport attracted Finns and Hungarians, later Slovenians and Slovaks, who came to fish and unload coal
and ore from boats onto railroad cars by hand. The lake influenced development, and the harbor was a gateway for
settlers and trade. Fairport Harbor is one of the best located on the lake with access possible when other harbors are
closed.

Lake County, Ohio's smallest county, covers 231 square miles. With the lake's effect on the weather, the county
developed a substantial nursery and fruit growing industry utilizing the prolonged growing season. The county claims
one of the highest points in the Western Reserve. Known as Little Mountain, it is located about seven miles south of
Painesville and offers excellent views of the surrounding area and Lake Erie.

In 1951-52, the state of Ohio began acquiring land west of Fairport to create a state park. Originally opened in 1953
as Painesville Beach State Park, the name was changed to Headlands Beach two years later. Its large beach has
attracted huge crowds consistently since the opening. In 1957, the beach was closed when Lake Erie's waves and the
undertow created safety problems. For a while, the public enjoyed swimming in the creek until the area was filled in.
Capital improvement projects started in 1967 created numerous parking lots, concession buildings, restrooms,
change booths and a treatment plant. Headlands Beach State Park remains very popular with swimmers and
sunbathers.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
GeneralLand, acres120
 Water, acresGreat Lake
Day-UseFishingyes
 Huntingyes
 Hiking Trail, miles2
 Picnickingyes
 Picnic Shelters, #1
 Swimming Beach, feet5280
BoatingBoating LimitsUnlimited HP
WinterSleddingyes
 Cross-Country Skiingyes
Nearby Accommodations
Fitzgerald's Irish Bed Breakfast - Painesville, OHBBs / Inns
Magnificent 16-room French Tudor. You will be charmed by its unique castle-like architecture and the Irish hospitality. Three guest rooms, each with private bath. 30 mi E of Cleveland.
3 miles from park*
Swimming
As the largest natural sand beach in Ohio, Headlands offers recreation for swimmers and sunbathers. Change booths,
concession areas and restrooms are provided.


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Picnicking
A scenic picnic area with tables and grills is provided. The picnic shelter may be reserved by calling, the main office
at Cleveland Lakefront State Park at (216) 881-8141.
Trails
Hiking trails are available in the adjacent state nature preserve.
Area Attractions
Headlands Dunes State Nature Preserve, located at the east end of the park, is one of the last and finest remaining
examples of Lake Erie beach and dune communities in Ohio. Many plant species not found in northeastern Ohio
grow abundantly along the dunes, including sand-dropseed, Canada wild-rye, wafer-ash and wild bean. The
preserve is open to the public during daylight hours.

Bordering the southside of the park is Mentor Marsh State Nature Preserve, a National Natural Landmark. The
644-acre, marsh-swamp forest is jointly owned and managed by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division
of Natural Areas and Preserves and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Open during daylight hours only, the
preserve is home to varied plant and animal life. A five-mile hiking trail, the Zimmerman trail, provides access to the
area.

Adjacent to the Mentor Marsh State Nature Preserve is the 450-acre Mentor Lagoons Nature Preserve & Marina
owned and operated by the City of Mentor.

The newest nature preserve in Ohio, it boasts over five miles of nature trails and 1-1/2 miles of wild beach. The city
offers tours by foot, boat, and bike. Electric carts are also available so the physically challenged can explore. Call
440-205-DOCK, or visit www.cityofmentor.com.

Punderson State Park is located within a half-hour drive. This resort park includes a lodge, cabins, campground, golf
course and winter recreation area.

Nearby Fairport Harbor is the site of the Fairport Harbor Marine Museum. The museum is housed in the former
lightkeeper's dwelling adjacent to the 1871 lighthouse tower.

Within a short drive of the park is the community of Mentor. Holden Arboretum, east of town, includes walking trails,
visitor center, reference library and picnic area. The 3,100-acre site is especially colorful when spring flowers are
blooming. Lawnfield, the restored home of President James A. Garfield, is also open to the public. Tours highlight a
museum, original furnishings, the 1880 campaign office and a carriage house.
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews


Area Campgrounds

Heritage Hills Campgrounds
6445 Ledge Rd., P.O.Box 176
Thompson, OH
440-298-1311


Area Fishing Related Businesses
Erieshore Beverage & Bait
35608 Lake Shore Blvd
Willoughby, OH
(440) 942-3470


Minnow Bucket Inc The
8292 Lake Shore Blvd
Mentor, OH
(440) 257-7046


Chagrin River Bait & Tackle
140 Forest Dr
Willoughby, OH
(440) 942-9716


Gander Mountain
9620 Diamond Centre Dr
Mentor, OH
(440) 639-8545


D & w Bait Shop
786 Richmond St
Painesville, OH
(440) 354-8473


Grand River Tackle
1250 High St
Fairport Harbor, OH
(440) 352-7222


A Lure Fishing Charters
6391 Iroquois TRL
Mentor, OH
(440) 951-1089


Aqua Fantasea Fishing Charters
6076 Walden Ct
Mentor, OH
(440) 257-3231


FJR Industries Inc
5436 Stoney LN
Painesville, OH
(440) 352-9333


A Lure Fishing Charters
8911 Doral Dr
Mentor, OH
(440) 257-9544


North Coast Beverage & Tackle
35579 Lake Shore Blvd
Willoughby, OH
(440) 946-4812


Area Cabins and Lodges
Cleveland Ski Club Inc
12721 Concord Hambden Rd
Concord Township, OH
(440) 352-2121


Mentor Figure Skating Club
8600 Munson Rd
Mentor, OH
(440) 205-8498


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