Standing 65 feet tall and practically gleaming against the grass, trees and water, the photogenic Marblehead Lighthouse anchors one of Ohio's youngest state parks. You won't find camping or trails for hiking, but visitors can picnic on the scenic, tidy grounds and tour the oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the Great Lakes (Marblehead has been guiding vessels since 1822). When we arrived, the lake and limestone lighthouse drew us like magnets.
Tours of the lighthouse and keeper's house are available for $2 on weekday afternoons between Memorial Day and Labor Day, and on the second Saturday of each month between May and October. The tower's 77 steps lead up to awesome views of the lake and islands. Operated by the Marblehead Lighthouse Historical Society and open during tour hours, a nicely kept museum houses displays relating to local history and scale model ships. Interpretive signs at the entrance path and by the lake offer additional detail.
Marblehead Lighthouse is a well-known landmark in a heavily visited area; be prepared to encounter bigger crowds than you might see at other more rural state parks, especially during summer weekends.