Presque Isle State Park is a 3,200-acre sandy peninsula that arches into Lake Erie. As Pennsylvania's only "seashore," Presque Isle offers its visitors a beautiful coastline and many recreational activities, including swimming, boating, fishing, hiking, bicycling and in-line skating. A National Natural Landmark, Presque Isle is a favorite spot for migrating birds. Because of the many unique habitats, Presque Isle contains a greater number of the state's endangered, threatened and rare species than any other area of comparable size in Pennsylvania.
Loved this.. Very much want to go back which I will.. It's worth the 2hr drive from Pittsburgh! Biked in the morning and went and swam for the evening.. Stayed at the motel next to sheets.. Ummm I honestly wouldn't recommend it but if you don't want to spend alot of money, all I have to say is you pay for what you getting.. Lol
Thomas H. on Presque Isle Trail
High Lake Erie water has caused many parts of the trail to be under water...during Winter 2016.
Correction to my review: "There is a picnic table at the end of Graveyard Pond Trail (0.75) that overlooks the lagoons, not Dead Pond Trail which is through a wooded area following the road (2.5 mi) and mentioned later.
Dead pond trail starts off the Sidewalk Trail, just a short ways from the PI Lighthouse parking area. This is a very popular nordic skiing trail if you don't care to start at the Rotary and cross paved roads. I guess I could have written reviews from several activity angles.
The paved multipurpose path is about 14 miles long, basically flat. Many bikers stay on the road, especially on the half nearest to the park entry point at the end of SR832. This is a very popular trail for joggers, walkers, strollers, dog walkers, families, rollerbladers, etc. (301 Penninsula Drive, Erie PA 16505 would be the address to put in a mapping app.
Lesser known are all the non-paved trails the park offers. trail runners, day hikers, nordic skiers, but no mountain bikes take advantage of these trails. Great for bird watching too. Gull Point Trail has some sandy stretches, as does Dead Pond trail. Long Pond trail is part dirt, and part the multipurpose trail if you do a loop. There is a picnic table at the end of Dead Pond Trail (0.75 mi) overlooking the lagoons the whole way. The trails are all easy hiking and Dead pond at 2.5 miles (one way) is the longest. You can do several in one day. Pick up a map to find them all. If you are local, you may want to pick up the book A Walk on the Park by Gene Ware that describes the trees and other items of interest in detail along each trail.
And the water trail provided by the Lagoons is a lovely kayak that is about an hour from the livery to the bridge near West Marina and back, or if you do the loop -through the West Marina and up along the bay around Perry Monument and through Misery bay, is a little over an hour.
When there is snow, there is a long path nordic skiers can spend a few hours going out and back starting at the east side parking lot of the Rotary Building (these bathroom facilities are open year around) and head east/northeast, crossing the paved road a few times to get to the Gas Well and then Duck Pond Trail and then Fox Trail to Sidewalk or Dead Pond trail and back. Probably 8-10 miles out and back.
The first link is an interactive map that gives you the names and lengths of the trails. I would only disagree with Ridge Trail being 0.5 miles. We follow it almost the whole length of Sidewalk trail and there are a few paths at the end leading down to Sidewalk Trail near Misery Bay. I used to trail run this trail and it is a favorite of many.
I love this place!!!!! My favorite early morning ride! The rides are beautiful BUT be careful because of you go later its PACKED and most of the ride is dodging people and dogs. I've witnessed a lot of dog fights and people not staying on there side of the trails making it hard to get around.
This is a great trail for runners, walkers, bikers, rollerbladers, etc. You can head for the water and go kayaking or canoeing. You can bring your own equipment or you can rent it if you are visiting from out of town. The main trail is a paved loop and is 13 miles with views of Lake Erie and the Bay. Many 5k, 10k, and even marathons (two complete loops) are held here. You can even venture off the paved trail to see bald eagle nests. Be careful if visiting on weekends during the summer as the trail can get very congested if starting from the first few parking areas.
This trail is rather short, only about a mile, not long enough for a serious hike. It is best to go in winter, the actual point is a protected wildlife (gull) refuge and is only allowed to be accessed during winter months when the birds are migrated south. The point is very neat, a long sandy area with a wooden lookout. If you venture out in winter, watch for crunchy ice with puddles underneath, or you'll be walking back in wet shoes.
Lot's of trails, loops, paved and rugged, marsh and sand, you name it, the trails are plentiful. All are essentially flat and well used by many visitors to PI. Be aware of ticks as signs are posted indicating high tick areas. A little prevention goes a long way, like Deep Woods Off, Skin So Soft, or any other tick deterent. Have fun.
This is a trail on Presque Isle, mostly used for birding. Lots of migratory birds and endangered. Everyone's watching what the piping polvers will do! :) For the "crowds" option on here it all depends on how many people are birding that day...personally I've only seen between 1 and 3 people when I walk it, if anyone.