Meandering for 293 miles between Toledo and Pennsylvania, the Lake Erie Coastal Ohio Trail Scenic Byway runs parallel to Lake Erie, part of the world’s largest freshwater system that includes all the Great Lakes.
Shaped by glacial history, ecological processes, and human influence, the resulting diverse landscapes are a study in great contrasts. Laden with resources, there are over 300 cultural, historic and natural attractions along the lakeshore, coupled with rolling farmlands, vineyards, marshes and swamps, quaint villages, lighthouses and vacation islands, coexisting with big-city ports. All have museums, local, state, and national parks, public beaches, and nature preserves. During the summer, sun-kissed waves lap softly on the shoreline. In winter, massive spikes of ice push against the land.
As you travel, you’ll spot gigantic Great Lakes freighters as they ply the waters on the way to world ports. As you reach Conneaut, Ohio, the Byway connects with the Seaway Trail, delivering an 805-mile uninterrupted Byway journey.
For those who enjoy a more urban experience, Cleveland is home to the Rock and Roll Hall Fame as well as professional football, basketball, and baseball teams. The Byway passes right by Cedar Point, America’s premier coaster park, and ferry rides to Lake Erie’s islands.