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Headlands Beach

Headlands Beach, a public beach in Mentor and Painesville Township, just 29 miles east of Downtown Cleveland, Ohio is the longest natural beach on Lake Erie. It has been ranked as 'Ohio's Best Beach'. Its popularity attracts more than two million visitors a year. One of the largest beach of Ohio, its delightful sands provide the tourists with a plenty of beach front for swimming and wonderful long walks on the beach. It is the best place for kids who find themselves in the sand heaven.

While swimming and picnicking are the main attractions of the beach, yet it is of great interest to the naturalists, also. To the east end of the park, you can find Headlands Dunes State Nature Reserve, a best remaining example of Lake Erie dunes and beaches. It possess many rare species of native plants along the dunes, including sand-dropseed, Canadian wildrye, wafer-ash and wild bean. At the east end of the beach, you can see a federal breakwall that allows fishing of small and largemouth bass, yellow perch, bluegill, coho salmon, carp, crappie, catfish and others.

Stretching a mile long, the Headlands Beach is best suited for swimmers and sunbathers. Having more than 4,000 parking spots, you need not to worry about where to leave the car. The amenities available include restrooms, changing areas, children's playground and concessions. The beach opens half an hour before sunrise and closes half an hour after sunset. The beach has enough space, so that you can enjoy the beach without being crowded. You can swim here without troubling the lifeguards. You can also walk out to the lighthouse on the rocks.

A state park was created in 1953, featuring a scenic picnic area with tables, grills and a shelter house where families big and small can gather for a meal or a lakeside snack. The park also features convenient changing booths, food concessions and restrooms. A playground is adjacent to the picnic area.