9601 Headlands Road, Mentor, Ohio, 44060, United States

Headlands Beach State Park in Mentor offers a mile of sand. (Chuck Crow, The Plain Dealer)

The 120-acre lakefront park managed by the state of Ohio boasts a mile long natural sand beach. The park features a lifeguarded swimming beach, restrooms, changing rooms, outdoor showers, 1 1/2 mile paved hiking trail, fishing, playground and large shaded picnic area with grills.  To reserve a picnic shelter call (216) 881-8141. Free parking.