As one would imagine, since the Lake Erie Coastal Trail is located on the banks of Lake Erie, there should be lighthouses that guided ships off the coast. Three are extra special. Built in 1821, Marblehead Lighthouse, the second oldest on the Great Lakes, got its name from the rocky headland of limestone it sits on. You can climb to the top, enjoy the waterfront and tour the museum to explore this much photographed Ohio landmark. The West Sister Island Lighthouse dates back to the war of 1812. It sits off the coast of the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge established to protect the largest wading bird nesting colony on the Great Lakes. Ashtabula Harbor Lighthouse is located at the end of the rocky breakwater of Ashtabula Harbor. As the light at such a critical point, it was the last manned lighthouse on Lake Erie. Today, you can view the lighthouse when you tour the Ashtabula Maritime Museum.
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