Best Beaches in Southwest Ohio Where You Can Play in the Sand

Cincinnati and Dayton aren’t exactly known for their beaches. But there are actually lots of picturesque places to plan a ‘beach day’ — each just a short drive away. So pack up the cooler, slather on the sunscreen and spend a day at one of these beaches near Southwest Ohio.

Here’s your guide to the Best Beaches near Cincinnati and Dayton!


Hueston Woods

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College Corner, OH
Hueston Woods Beach is free to the public and open dawn to dusk. Sit on the beach and watch boats pass by, rent a kayak or camp or stay in one of the many cabins or the lodge within this close-to-home state park.

East Fork State Park

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Bethel, OH
One of Ohio’s largest state parks, East Fork in Clermont County is home to a 1,200 foot swimming beach on East Fork Lake. Additional camping amenities and trails for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking, as well as access to fishing and boating, make East Fork a must-see weekend getaway this summer.

Stonelick State Park

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Pleasant Plain, OH
A 500-foot public beach is located on the lake’s south shore. Swimming is permitted in designated areas during daylight hours only. Please exercise caution while swimming at the beach – check BeachGuard before visiting.

Caesar Creek State Park

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Waynesville, OH
Caesar Creek State Park offers a 1,300-foot beach that is open to the public from dusk to dawn. After a day of hiking, mountain biking, fishing or boating, hang out on the beach or take a dip in the lake.

Brookville Lake

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Brookville, IN
A lakefront park only an hour from downtown Cincinnati that offers camping, hiking and boating in addition to the beach that you can kick back and relax on.

Cowan Lake State Park

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Wilmington, OH
A 1,000-foot public beach is located on the south shore of this 700-acre lake. Swimming is permitted during daylight hours only in designated areas. Sailing is also very popular on the lake: boat swimming and boat camping are located in the northern portion of the lake.

Old Field Beach at Indian Lake State Park

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Lakeview, OH
Within Indian Lake State Park, Old Field Beach provides two beaches for swimmers on its 5,100-acre man-made lake.

Jump Rock Swimming Hole

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Stanton, KY
Jump Rock is a famous spot at Red River Gorge. As its name suggests, Jump Rock is a swimming spot marked by a large “jumping rock.” To find it: drive into the Red River Gorge Geological Area, pass through Nada Tunnel and park at the Sheltowee Trace Trail parking lot. Hike the short trail and cross the suspension bridge over Red River to gain access to the small sand beach and what’s reputed to be the best swimming hole in the gorge.

Lake Logan State Park

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Logan, OH
Located within the rolling Appalachian foothills of southeastern Hocking Valley, Lake Logan is one of the best fishing lakes in the state. A 527-foot public swimming beach is located on the north shore of this 400-acre lake.


Next time you’re craving a day of sun and sand, check out one of these worth-the-drive beaches in the tristate!

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