Published April 2019

You’ve heard the term “hit the trail,” right? Perhaps it conjures up a desire to travel or to become one with nature. While there are a variety of natural trails in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands for hiking and biking, there is also an entirely different kind of “trail” to seek in the region.

At SHORESandISLANDS.com you can read more about each of these trails, as well as view a Google Map or download a PDF. Look for “Trails” under the “Explore” tab and start your adventure!

Put-in-Bay Foodie Trail – A food-lover’s dream! Eat your way around Put-in-Bay and experience truly original island dining. In fact, this small resort village has only one chain restaurant! A variety of dining options are available from casual to fine cuisine. *PERK* Grab a Foodie Trail card and have it stamped by at least eight restaurants Sunday-Thursday and turn it in to the Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau for a swag bag filled with goodies and coupons.

Lake Erie Shores & Islands Water Trails – Not all nature trails require a sturdy pair of hiking boots. Shoes of any kind are optional when you are paddling the coastlines along the Lake Erie Shores & Islands Water Trails. These trails were created to allow for kayakers and other paddlers to explore the shore of each of the islands, as well as a mainland trail connecting access points around the Catawba Island and Marblehead peninsulas. *PERK* Each trail will allow you discover the beauty and unique geography of each island from a one-of-a-kind vantage point. Enjoy a bit of lake recreation and start coasting with our water trails.


Lake Erie Shores & Islands Thrills Trail – Are you always looking for ways to increase your adrenaline? Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands region has a number of attractions that will take you to the extreme and beyond. The Thrills Trail is a compilation of some of the most extreme experiences the region has to offer. *PERK* Check some things off your bucket list! Ziplining? Check. Parasailing? Check. Extreme coasters and waterslides? Check and check. Are you up for the challenge?

Lake Erie Shores & Islands Trail of Terror – Are you a fan of fright? This seasonal trail ties together seven sinister attractions within close proximity of each other, including the always popular Haunt at Cedar Point’s HalloWeekends and the award-winning Ghostly Manor. *PERK* Follow this trail if you truly love to be scared. Complete it and you’ll have bragging rights among your not-as-brave friends.

Lake Erie Shores & Islands Wine Trail – Did you know that Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands was once the largest wine-producing region in the nation? Early in the 20th Century, prior to Prohibition, the region was covered in vineyards. Several remain and new wineries are popping up due to the long growing season and temperate climate. Celebrate the area’s winemaking heritage by visiting one of the dozens of wineries along the trail. *PERK* Some wineries offer tours where you can learn all about the wine-making process.


Be sure to visit the Trails page at SHORESandISLANDS.com often as more adventures are created for you to explore. Stay tuned for our next blog where we will debut the all-new Lake Erie Shores & Islands CHEERS Trail, featuring area wineries, distilleries, and craft breweries.