East Harbor State Park is one of our favorites place to run in the Lake Erie Shores area. Located in Marblehead, East Harbor State Park is situated on a peninsula of land stretching into the waters of Lake Erie. A 2-mile-long strip of beaches and dunes separates the harbor from the open waters of the lake.
For running, there are 10 miles of trails winding their way through dunes, boardwalks, meadows, and a beach. Using this trail map, a couple of good combinations are Trails A-C near the park entrance, and Trails G-H-I-J, in the dunes/beach area. The beach is runnable but the sand is not very firm.
You can also run on the main park road, which is scenic has a dedicated lane for bikes/pedestrians. From the park entrance, it’s ~2 miles along E Harbor State Park Rd. to North Swimming Beach.
- Stitch together a route combining the trails and the main park road
- Depends on trail chosen
- Several parking areas