Lake Erie Coastal Ohio Trail
Length: 293.0 mi / 471.5 km
Time to Allow: Take eight hours to drive the byway or three to four days to experience the stops along the way.
Experience 12,000 years of history along Lake Erie. Visit the Lake Erie Islands, coastal marshes, prairies, rivers, and waterfalls. Follow tales of early shipping and sailing at maritime museums, restored freighters, and lighthouses. Learn about the Western Reserve, the Underground Railroad, and the War of 1812 at historic sites and museums.
When summer temperatures spike, plunge into the cool waters off the Lake Erie Coastal Ohio Trail. See why the Great Lake along this byway deserves its title as you play in and on Lake Erie and its neighboring waterways.
Lake Erie may be a massive roadblock for migratory birds, but it creates a spectacular opportunity for bird watchers seeking glimpses of colorful migrating songbirds, majestic shorebirds, Bald Eagles, waterfowl, and raptors. Located at the junction of two major migratory flyways, the Lake Erie Coastal Ohio Trail links nearly 50 birding hot spots with a surprising mix of unique habitats.
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3-Day Trip: Lake Erie Lighthouses and Maritime Lore
Lake Erie's working waterfronts built the Midwest. Settlement of the Great Lakes coincided with a rapid growth in industrial know-how. The lake's...
This byway's partnerships include Ohio Sea Grant, The Ohio State University Extension program, Erie MetroParks, Metroparks of the Greater Toledo Area, CVB of Greater Toledo, Ottawa County Visitors Bureau, Sandusky/Erie County Visitors & Convention Bureau, Lorain County Visitors Bureau, CVB of Greater Cleveland, Lake County Visitors Bureau, and Ashtabula County Convention & Visitors Bureau.