Located on the shores of Lake Erie, smack dab in the middle of Northern Ohio, you’ll find some of Ohio’s best roads and paths for cycling, kayaking, mountain biking, swimming and more. Miles of rolling, rural roads with beautiful scenery ranging from farmland to forest, await you. Spend two or three days exploring the wineries, museums, galleries, shops and eateries that are located throughout the route. You’ll find the entire route has bright green bike route signs to guide you easily on your way. Click here for an interactive Back Roads and Beaches Map and Guide.
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Along the Back Roads & Beaches:
1830 Hallauer House Bed & Breakfast, located in Oberlin, is a Civil War themed B & B with many connections to the Underground Railroad.
Unique and natural foods of the Middle East.
Comprised of more than 15,000 works of art from virtually every culture and spanning the history of art.
BRaB Geo Trail is a series of 15 caches along our premier cycling and multi-sport route.
"The Beacon B & B" and "A Beach Cottage" vacation rentals at Lakeview Beach in Lorain, Ohio. Welcome to your home for the week!
2.76 acre park with 320 foot long beach and fishing access.
Clare-Mar Lakes Campground & RV Sales, Inc. is 7 miles south of Wellington, Ohio off Route 58. There are 220 acres of scenic terrain for your camping pleasure.
Common Ground is a non-profit organization located on 21 beautiful acres providing a variety of services to expand potential in youth, adults, and businesses.
Take an exhilarating trip through the transformative treetops of the 30-acre property in the beautiful Vermilion River Valley.
From the inviting front porch to the hardwood floors and cozy lobby fireplace, everything here is designed to make you feel welcome and relaxed.
Cowhaus Creamery handcrafts new-American style ice creams, sorbets and confections using artisan techniques, made slowly from scratch in small batches.
eBikes Central is the only exclusively electrical bicycle shop from Toledo to Ashtabula along Lake Erie. We have over 20 different models to test ride in our shop including step-thru cruisers, mountain, compact folding, fat-tire, and adult trikes. Electric bicycles are designed to be pedaled and also have a battery-powered electrical motor to give you an extra boost.
A community art center and gallery with a mission to offer art classes and experiences in many mediums to all ages and abilities.
Located on a farm along the Vermilion River, 6 miles south of Vermilion, OH and 40 miles west of Cleveland. Features hot tub, kitchen, meadow, and screened in porch.
This Fairfield Inn & Suites offers the perfect combination of amenities and value.
Findley State Park is in Lorain County south of Wellington on State Route 58. 900+ acres are here year round for hiking, biking, picnicking, boating/kayaking, fishing and camping.
FAVA presents changing exhibits of high quality artwork in a variety of styles and media.
Fligner’s Market has one of the largest full service meat counters in Ohio, quality baked goods, and Fligner's Catering.
Oberlin College's Weltzheimer/Johnson House is a late example of Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian houses.
Chef Craig offers patrons a variety of delicious choices and his brother Ron maintains the very large and varied wine list.
A working fiberart studio and contempory craft gallery which features the work of over 250 individuals and very small studios.
Located at the Black River Wharf - a kayak livery servicing the Black River and Lake Erie.
Heritage Avon Lake strives to connect interested parties to shine a light on our past, and preserve it for our future.
Located 2 blocks from central town square and college. 5 minute walk The inn is situated on a lofty perch across from scenic arboretum, Plum Creek and historic Johnson House.
The Jackalope Lakeside is Lorain's casual restaurant with a fine dining menu.
The John Christ Winery makes award-winning fine quality wines.
Klingshirn Winery is a third generation family farm winery in Avon Lake, Ohio.
Pick your own strawberries at this scenic outdoor stand, and don't forget to try their delicious frozen custard!
42 acres of lake front property for the public to enjoy.
City of Sheffield Lake's westernmost public coastal access site.
The mission of the Lorain Historical Society is to preserve and interpret the history of the City of Lorain and to share that history.
The Lorain Lighthouse Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit charitable organization created to spearhead the preservation of the Lorain Lighthouse. It was also established to maintain the history and integrity of Lorain’s Waterfront.
This historic landmark can be found at the Black River Landing in Lorain.
Lorenzo's Pizzeria & Restaurant has proudly served only the finest in Italian cuisine to the Northeast Ohio area for over twenty years.
Main Street Beach is a small, popular Lake Erie swimming beach in downtown Vermilion
Enjoy premier wines while relaxing with picturesque views of the vineyard and country side.
17.7 acre park with beach and two-lane public boat launch.
The trail is 13 miles and passes through a variety of countryside including farm, field and forest. Many intersections serve as great places to jump on or off the trail.
Visit the Oberlin Heritage Center to explore the history of this small town with nationally significant stories.
Paper Moon Vineyards serves a selection of regional and vinifera wines. The tasting room offers a view of the vineyard, pond, woods and an occasional bald eagle.
Tours of the house, featuring early Greek Revival architecture, are available throughout the summer and by appointment April-November.
All works are mixed media wall pieces entirely made by hand from stuffed cotton fabric, polymer clay, metal and acrylic.
Rockin’ on the River is Northeast Ohio’s longest running and highest attended outdoor concert series.
The City of Sheffield Lake gave boaters a much needed public access to Lake Erie by renovating the lake-front property which includes a two-lane boat launch.
Museum contains the history of painter Archibald Willard, artist of the famous "Spirit of '76." The museum also contains Revolutionary and Civil War artifacts.
Whether you're a serious swimmer or just want to get wet on those hot summer days, the outdoor pool has 6,000 sq feet of water to dip your body in.
Bustling dining room with creative American fare and brunch, plus a relaxed bar upstairs.
Features 70 guestrooms and suites, a signature restaurant and bar, and event space overlooking Tappan Square.
Nine-mile, mostly singletrack mountain bike trail inside Findley State Park in Wellington, Ohio.
Spanning two adjacent areas separated by the Vermilion River—Mill Hollow on one side and Bacon Woods on the other.
Vineyard and winery set in tranquil surroundings featuring a variety of vinifera wines grown on site and fruit wines.
27-mile trail offering both river and open water travel along the Lake Erie shores.
5.8 acre park on the shores of Lake Erie with a beach and fishing access.
This 550 acre park provides opportunities for hiking, biking, strolling, fishing, boating, and wildlife observation.
Monument to the Wellington-Oberlin rescuers that participated in the 1858 rescue of fugitive slave John Price.
Here lie former slaves, famous abolitionists, and many who have become known as Oberlin's faces of change. Click here for a map to guide you through Oberlin's faces of change who now rest here.
Bring out your inner artist with a fun, relaxed acrylic painting class.
Located just minutes from the Oberlin College campus, the Wild Goose Inn offers a
peaceful country setting on our organic farm overlooking the Oberlin Golf Club.