Lake Erie Coastal Ohio Trail

National Scenic BywayOhio

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  • Hawk in Action

    A hawk displays its impressive wingspan while scouring for prey along Lake Erie.

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  • Long-billed Dowitchers Look for Food

    A pair of Long-billed Dowitchers scour the marshes of the Maggee Trail National Wildlife Refuge for insects.

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  • Great Blue Heron in Crane Creek

    Knee-deep in Crane Creek, a Great Blue Heron faces the camera.

  • Marblehead Lighthouse

    Pointing skyward on a sunny, blue-sky day, the Marblehead Lighthouse is the oldest continuously-operating lighthouse on the Great Lakes.

  • Egret at Crane Creek

    A white egret wades through the vegetation covering the marshlands.

  • The Coastline of Lake Erie in the Morning

    A lone bird flies over the stony coastline of Lake Erie in Port Clinton. The port offers travelers an up-close look at Ohio's marine life.

  • Marblehead Lighthouse

    The stark white paint and the bright red roof of the Marblehead Lighthouse command attention.

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  • Kayaking on Lake Erie

    Two kayakers race along on the rippled Lake Erie.

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  • Lake Erie Coastline

    Picnic tables wait on the deserted beach for visitors to enjoy the sunshine on the Lake Erie Islands.

  • Rocky Coastline of Lake Erie at Marblehead

    Greenish-blue waves lap the lonely shore of the Lake Erie coastline. The coastline at Marblehead was formed approximately 400 million years ago by ancient seas. Sediment from these early tropical seas has compressed and formed bedrock, as can be seen here.

  • Driftwood on Lake Erie Beach

    A large piece of driftwood rests at tide's edge on the shore of Lake Erie.

  • Marblehead Lighthouse and Sign

    The sign greets visitors coming to see the Marblehead Lighthouse. As you can see on the sign, the lighthouse was built at the early date of 1821.

  • Cleveland Museum of Art

    A couple discusses a Monet painting, one of the many fine features of the Cleveland Museum of Art.

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  • Sunny Day along Lake Erie

    A pristine skyline frames a souvenir photo for two tourists.

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  • Sunset on Lake Erie

    Birds off the coast of Lake Erie take flight at sunset on a clear day.

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  • Bird Taking Off from Crane Creek

    A giant waterfowl takes off from the blue waters of Crane Creek.

  • View from the Observation Tower in Magee Marsh

    The view from the observation tower at the refuge is green as far as the eye can see. Named a Regional Shorebird Reserve Area and one of the top migratory spots in the United States, Magee Marsh Wildlife Area and its neighboring Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge are remnants of the Great Black Swamp, a massive swamp that once covered most of northwest Ohio.

  • Puerto Rican Festival

    Performers steady themselves on stilts at the Puerto Rican Festival.

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  • Kelleys Island

    A visitor inspects the glacial grooves left in the granite at Kelleys Island, near Lake Erie.

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  • Steamship Mather

    A prospective steamship captain gives his hand at the controls.

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  • West Side Market

    Eager shoppers peruse produce at the West Side Market.

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  • Dessert in Little Italy

    A young couple enjoys a cold dessert in the Little Italy region along the Lake Erie coast.

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  • Beach Fun at Lake Erie

    Young beachgoers play in the sand and enjoy an easy-going day at Lake Erie.

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  • Forest Ranger Goes Birding

    A ranger searches for birds from a viewing tower at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge .

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  • Little Italy along Lake Erie

    Visitors get a taste of Italy in a one of the many fine Little Italy restaurants along Lake Erie.

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  • Crane looks over Lake Erie

    A stoic crane quietly overlooks Lake Erie.

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  • Visitor Center at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge

    A group of ducks glide in front of the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center.

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  • Jacobs Field

    The entrance to Jacobs Field is toped with a large sign declaring the field to be the home of the Cleveland Indians.

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  • Baltimore Oriole on a Branch

    A bright yellow Baltimore Oriole with a sleek black head perches on a branch.

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  • Young Visitor at Natural History Museum

    A young visitor sits on top of a full-sized dinosaur replica at the Natural History Museum.

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  • Lake Erie Fun

    A fish in the hand is worth one in the ...ear? Two boys hold up their catch of the day on the dock near Marblehead Lighthouse. Lake Erie provides plenty of fun for all ages to try their luck at fishing for yellow perch, walleye, and smallmouth bass.

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  • Shopper at the Ohio City Market Square

    A shopper enjoys trying on various hats, one of the many wares at the Ohio City Market Square.

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  • Brown Warbler Surveys the Sky

    The Brown Warbler, common to the Lake Erie region, presents its side profile for the camera.

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  • Black Swallowtail with the Penta Flower

    The distinct Black Swallowtail butterfly flutters above the colorful Penta flower.

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  • Boaters Enjoying Lake Erie

    Two boaters enjoy the sun while on the open water of Lake Erie.

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  • Crane at Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island

    A crane surveys Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island, which is part of Lake Erie.

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  • Lake Erie Kayaker

    A young kayaker takes a break from paddling and enjoys the calmness of Lake Erie.

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  • Lake Erie Coastal Ohio Trail Roadsign and Logo

    A bird, a lighthouse, and the words Lake Erie Coastal Ohio Trail appear on the green and white sign.

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  • Sailboat on Lake Erie

    The sky and water blend together as a sailboat glides along tranquil Lake Erie.

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  • Birdwatching at Magee Marsh Wildlife Area

    Tourists stop to view the birds along the coastline of Ohio. With its diversity of habitat, the Byway offers opportunities to see approximately 350 species.

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  • A Birder at Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge

    At the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, an experienced birder focuses closely on the local bird life.

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  • Inland Seas Maritime Museum

    Exhibits at the Inland Seas Maritime Museum in Vermilion trace the history of shipping and sailing on the Great Lakes. This exhibit of a model ship has the attention of a curious young boy.

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  • Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation

    Today, the Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation makes a powerful statement about the restoration of nature and the historical role of the river in shaping Cleveland's history and culture. Interpretive panels like this one explain how the preservation is operated along the canal.

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  • Fort Meigs State Memorial

    Dressed in clothing of the period, these guides at the Fort Meigs State Memorial prepare to give a tour of the facility on a clear day in the summer.

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  • Glacial Grooves at Kelleys Island

    The glacier that moved here 12,000 years ago dragged the rocks across the land, gouging, leveling, and scarring surfaces along the way. The Kelleys Island Glacial Grooves are perhaps the best example of glacial carving in the world.

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  • Lake Erie Islands

    Small groups of islands stretch into the horizon in Lake Erie.

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  • Marblehead Lighthouse State Park

    The Marblehead Lighthouse, the oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the Great Lakes, overlooks the Sandusky Bay on a bright summer's day.

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  • Great Lakes Marine Museum and Coast Guard Memorial Museum Pilot House

    The fresh paint gleams on a bright summer's day at the Great Lakes Marine Museum and Coast Guard Memorial Museum Pilot House.

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  • Perry Victory & International Peace Memorial

    Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial stands as a tribute to international peace as it overlooks Lake Erie on a bright summer's day.

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  • Hubbard House Underground Railroad Terminus

    Built between 1840 and 1841 by William and Catharine Hubbard, this home was a Northern Terminus on the Underground Railroad, providing refuge for slaves fleeing to the freedom and safety of Canada.

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  • Vermilion Lighthouse

    This red and white replica of the original Vermilion Lighthouse looks out over the lake on a summer's day.

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  • Lakeside Daisy

    Daisies brighten a field on a summer's day. Marblehead Peninsula is home to the only naturally growing population of Lakeside Daisies in the US and one of only four known places worldwide.

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  • James A. Garfield Library at Lawnfield

    Light streams in from the windows of this elaborately furnished room in the James A. Garfield Library.

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  • Great Lakes Science Center

    This young girl is exploring an exhibit at the Great Lakes Science Center, which has over 400 hands-on exhibits available for Byway travelers to see, touch, and explore.

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  • <cite>William G. Mather</cite> Museum Ship in Cleveland

    The William G. Mather docks peacefully as a museum now that it has been retired from its WWII duties.

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  • Greeting Guests at the Museum

    A guide at the Western Reserve Historical Society Museum pauses to speak with some visitors to the museum.

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  • Lakeview Park Fountain in Lorain

    A girl is silhouetted against the bright orange lights of the Lakeview Park Fountain in Lorain.

  • Birders at Magee Trail

    A group of bird watchers enjoy the viewing experience on the viewing towers at the Magee Trail National Wildlife Refuge.

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  • Vineyard along the Lake Erie Coastal Trail

    Two generations of grape growers take a stroll through some of the lush, green vineyards of the Lake Erie area.

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  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

    Designed by I.M. Pei, the Rock Hall is just as impressive outside as the exhibits inside. Its glass and steel pyramidal shape is flanked by rectangular white walls.

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  • All Lit Up at the Hard Rock Cafe

    The famous neon guitar of Cleveland's Hard Rock Cafe lights up the night along the Erie Canal.

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  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum at Night

    At night, the glass pyramid of the Rock Hall is all lit up against the white walls of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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  • Birder on Viewing Tower at Magee Trail National Wildlife Refuge

    While enjoying the all-around scenery, a bird watcher looks for life on the viewing tower at the Magee Trail National Wildlife Refuge.

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  • Flock of Birds on Lake Erie

    A silhouetted flock of birds flies across the setting sun on Lake Erie.

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