There's nothing quite like the beach on a hot summer day. The sand between your toes, the sun on your skin and the sound of the waves crashing the shoreline are more relaxing than a day at the spa.
And in Ohio, there's no shortage of beautiful beaches to head to when you just need to rid yourself of worry and the stress of the daily grind. Some of those beaches are super popular and the crowds can get super annoying when you're trying to find the perfect spot to put down your towel.
These hidden beaches will help you escape the crowds and enjoy your fun in the sun!
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1. Mentor Headlands Beach // Mentor
This stunning beach in Mentor is perfect for a little fun in the sun and splash in the waves.
2. Geneva State Park // Geneva
This sandy beach has pretty green waters and the best part is that it's never crowded. You can throw your towel down anywhere and still have some privacy.
3. Dow Lake // Athens County
This super private beach is in Strouds Run State Park and although it is small, it is still optimal for the perfect day of sand and sun.
4. Salt Fork Lake Beach // Guernsey County
This is Ohio's largest inland beach. It's in Salt Fork Lake State Park and is well worth the trip because of its vast sandy area and clean waters.
5. Buck Creek State Park Beach // Springfield
Located in Buck Creek State Park, this beach is on the shores of the Clarence J. Brown Reservoir. It's a great place to spend the day swimming and the park is so beautiful you may just want to stay awhile.
6. Mineral Springs Lake Resort // Peebles
This lakeside resort is on the shores of Mineral Springs Lake and offers camping, a nature preserve and a really cool beach that you can 4-wheel to. It's not a big beach but the ride there will be super fun.
7. Lake Logan // Logan
Located in Lake Logan State Park, this beach offers shallow and clean waters and since the park is small, you won't have to deal with any huge crowds will trying to get your tan on.
8. Rocky Fork Lake // Hillsboro
In Rocky Fork Lake State Park, the beach is a must-see in Ohio. The clean, clear waters are perfect on a hot sunny day and there's plenty of natural beauty to explore while you're in the park.
9. Huntington Beach // Bay Village
On the shores of Lake Erie, Huntington Beach is a true hidden gem. The blue waters and white sandy beaches rival those of more popular places but with less crowding. There's also a picnic area overlooking the beach with a stunning view.
10. Lake Hope // McArthur
Located in Lake Hope State Park, this beach is another great place when you aren't looking for too much grandiosity. You'll love the clean water and privacy this beach has to offer.
11. Indian Lake State Park // Lakeview
One of the absolute best places to catch a sunset from the beach is at Indian Lake. The views are stunning and the calm waters are perfect for an evening swim.
12. Put-in-Bay Beach // Put-in-Bay
Located on the granite Island of Put-in-Bay are several beautiful beaches to explore. Only two are open to the public, but they're both well worth the day you'll spend soaking up the rays.
13. Sawmill Creek Resort // Huron
This beach on the shores of Lake Erie is lined with a more rocky edge, but that doesn't make it any less relaxing. Take in the sun on the shore and enjoy the sunset at the end of a beautiful summer day.
14. Main Street Beach // Vermillion
This stunning beach is on the shores of Lake Erie and offers some picturesque views of the lake as well as a lighthouse. Located in the small town of Vermillion, it's the perfect beach getaway.
15. Fairport Harbor Lakefront Park // Fairport Harbor
This small beach is very well kept, and although it's a bit more popular among locals, it's the perfect place to escape to when you're looking for a little serenity.
16. East Harbor State Park // Lakeside-Marblehead
This beautiful beach is small but that won't matter once you get out into the water. It stays shallow for a ways out so you can do plenty of wading in the clear, blue waters.
17. Headlands Beach State Park // Mentor
This eye-catching beach is located in a state park, so there's so much nature and beauty surrounding it. It's also the longest natural beach in Ohio, so there's that too.
18. Euclid Beach // Cleveland
Located on the shores of Lake Erie, this beach is the perfect place for fun in the sand and sun. It's also part of the Euclid Beach Park, a very popular summer amusement park in Cleveland.
19. Madison Township Park // Madison
This clean beach is home to some beautiful almost-white sand and clear, blue waters. It's not the tropics but it's pretty close for being in Ohio!
20. Conneaut Township Park // Conneaut
With one of the most beautiful views of Lake Erie, the Conneaut Harbor is truly a diamond in the rough. The beach is perfect for all sorts of cool activities like water sports, sunbathing, and picnicking.
21. Camp Perry Beach // Port Clinton
Another beautiful beach on the shores of Lake Erie is Camp Perry Beach. It's public, so there may be more people than some of the other smaller beaches, but its clean water and well-kept sand shoreline are a must-see.
22. Catawba Island State Park // Port Clinton
This state park offers free entry, so you can hit up the beach without having to open the wallet. The pebble beach offers some seriously beautiful views from the pier and some of the most crystal clean swimming water around.
23. Enon Beach // Springfield
This beach is a little rough around the edges, but it's still a great place to spend the day. The stunning sunset views are the die for and the pebble beach is perfect for lounging.
24. Oberlin Beach // Oberlin
Along the shoreline of Lake Erie, Oberlin Beach Township is a quaint area full of beauty. The beach is clean, the water is clear, and the sand is perfect for a stroll down the shore.
25. Edgewater Beach // Cleveland
Soak up the sun at this vast beach along the shore of Lake Erie in Cleveland. The views of the city skyline are incredible and the beach is so picturesque you'll never want to put down your camera.
26. Nickel Plate Beach // Huron
This pretty beach on the shores of Lake Erie is perfect for when you want to soak up the sun or even play a little beach volleyball. The beach is clean, the water is clear, and the sunset views are phenomenal.
27. Beulah Beach // Vermillion
This gorgeous beach is a must-see when it comes to your Ohio beach bucket list. Its stunning views of Lake Erie are incredible and the crowds are minimal so it's also pretty private.
28. Maumee Bay // Maumee Bay State Park
This clean and stunning beach in Maumee State Park is the perfect getaway when you just need to catch some rays. The beach itself is incredibly clean, as is the water, and it's also big enough so you won't have to fight other beachgoers for a good spot.
29. Chippewa Lake Park // Chippewa Lake
The beach in Chippewa Lake Park is beautiful at sunset and great for swimming. The best part, though, is the leftover remnants from an old amusement park. You can get your tan on and then check out the abandoned remains.
30. Walnut Beach // Ashtabula
Perfect for a little privacy, Walnut Beach has little to no crowds even on the hottest summer days. Its water is clean and the sand quality is super high. Also, the sunset views are not to be missed.
31. Cedar Point Shores // Sandusky
Perhaps the most well-known beach on the list, Cedar Point Shores in Sandusky is a stunning beach with white sand and blue waters. It's also within a super cool waterpark so if you want to alternate between lounging on the towel and hitting some waterslides, it's the perfect place to hit up.