Kelleys Island is a popular spot to visit for those in the Sandusky area, known for its swimming beach and Ice Age glacial grooves. It’s a 20-minute ferry ride from Lakeside Marblehead. There’s some attractive road running near the ferry terminal and good trail running in Kelleys Island State Park. It’s 1.5 miles from the ferry terminal to the State park entrance.
Road Running Loops. For a terrific ~6 mile loop on quiet roads, start at the Ferry Terminal and take W. Lakeshore Dr. for 3 miles, enjoying great views of Lake Erie. Turn RIGHT on Titus Rd., for 1 mile, then RIGHT on Division St., for 2 miles to complete the loop.
Separate route or add-on: do the loop around North Pond State Nature Preserve using Ward/Monagan/Woodford Rd. It’s 4 miles standalone or adds ~2 miles to the W. Lakeshore loop above.
Trail Running in Kelleys Island State Park. The 677-acre Kelleys Island State Park features several miles of trails. The scenic highlight is the 1-mile North Pond Nature Preserve, which is mainly a boardwalk to an observation deck. For a longer run, the 5-mile East Quarry Trail loop is a good trail run — but note the footing is rocky in places.