The Newest Kayaking Trail in Ohio is Breathtaking

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Ohio may be a landlocked state but that doesn't mean there aren't tons of gorgeous waterways to explore here. Lake Erie spans Ohio's entire northern border and is an incredible place to kayak and experience the Buckeye State from a whole new prespective.

From the Marblehead Lighthouse to the secluded North Bass Island, there is so much to see and enjoy around Lake Erie, exploring these shores and islands via water trails is an excellent way to see it all. There are over 30 different water trails and the Mainland Trail is one of the newest. Keep reading to learn more.

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The Mainland Trail is 23 miles in length and begins at Catawba Island State Park on the west shore. From there, this trail meanders past Put-in-Bay and Kelleys Island and will take you past some of the most interesting and diverse landscapes of the area.

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One of the first stops along the trail is the Great Egret Marsh Preserve an ongoing habitat restoration that boasts beautiful marshland and allows you to see some of Ohio's most unique birds.

You'll watch the shoreline along this trail change from bustling marina towns to breathtaking state parks like East Harbor where you'll get to stop along the shore of the wetland viewing area.

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The watertrail terminates along the scenic Marblehead Lighthouse, the oldest operating lighthouse within the Great Lakes. Feel free to pull off and explore the rocky surrounds and snap a pic or two, this area is gorgeous.

A great way to workout and experience Ohio's gorgeous island region, for more information on other water trails be sure to check out Ohio's official Department of Natural Resources website located here.

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