Beaches Near Cincinnati: Best Swim Spots

If you’re like me and you love the water, living in a “landlocked” state can be frustrating. If you want a place to float around mindlessly on your unicorn tube, here’s where to find that closest beach to Cincinnati you’ve been dreaming of.

These lakes, within a 1-2 hour drive from Cincinnati, all have “public beaches”. This  means you can pack a beach chair, umbrella, and a cooler and pretend you’re in Florida for a few hours! 


  1. Always call or check websites for the individual parks before visiting. Things are subject to last minute changes! 
  2. Check out my map to determine which lakes are closest to you. This does show the closest beaches to the Cincinnati area, but these pins are general and not placed directly at the beach area.

Read on for other day trip ideas within a 1 hour drive

stonelick lake, cincinnati, closest beach cincinnati

caesar creek beach, lake, ohio

acton lake, hueston woods, closest beach to cincinnati
Image via Hueston Woods Visitors Bureau

cowan lake beach ohio
Image via Wilmington News Journal

brookville lake indiana beach swim
Image via Visit Indiana

  • White Rock Adventure Park (75 mins from Cincinnati – includes cliff diving!)
white ro
Image via Visit Indiana

lagrange quarry kentucky lakes beach
Image via La Grange Quarry Website

mineral springs lake ohio beach swim
Image via The Columbus Navigator

natural springs resort, ohio, sandy beach, closest beach cincinnati
Image via Natural Springs Resort Official Website

jump rock red river gorge
Image via Natural Bridge Cabin Rentals

  • Hocking Hills: Tubing, Ohio : This is not a sandy beach, but fun just the same! This has options for 4-5 hour tubing trips (145 mins from Cincinnati)
tubing hocking hills ohio
Image via Hocking Hills Tubing Adventures

Pin it for later- Enjoy this list of the closest beaches to Cincinnati!

Lakes with Public Sandy Beaches near Cincinnati Ohio. List of closest beaches to Cincinnati

As always, all reviews and opinions are my own. However, should you choose to book any of the linked activities or hotels above, please know I am an affiliate and will make a small commission.

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