nature trips



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.

Trailhead start was detoured however barely 1 mile in the trail was under water !

this is a nice relaxing trail rather you ride the road or trail, I like to trail ride in and road ride out.

Easy trail with a paved very narrow path about 2 feet wide. It is currently very overgrown and buggy, definitely wear a insect repellent. There are a few areas on the trail that are like sink holes next to the paved trail, if I hadn't looked down I'd have stepped right in, not sure how deep these go. The trail leads to a historic lighthouse and beaches. Trail is dog friendly for leashed pets.

3 months ago

great trail, beautiful area, busy trail with a variety of pedestrians (bikes, roller bladers, runners, strollers, dogs, etc).

4 months ago

A nice trail that cuts through Presque Isle. Personally I did not enjoy walking through the sand and there were sections of overgrown tall grass. At the time it was also extremely muggy and wet which didn’t help the experience. Also, beware of bugs! Overall a good short hike depending on conditions!

An incredible find on Presque Isle. It was literally a sidewalk in the middle of a marsh. Fantastic views. Super easy. Even saw a turtle in the middle of the path!

Had to take a detour at the trailhead but not even halfway I had to turn around due to the trail was underwater.

love this place

Not very scenic, but pleasant.

on Presque Isle Trail

6 months ago

I loved. I go there very often.

trail running
Sunday, October 08, 2017

Much of what I traveled was essentially a bike lane along the road. Many cyclists were confused to see someone running against traffic but the trail was only on one side of the road so there was no avoiding it. The scenery was nice, especially the lake views.

trail running
Sunday, October 08, 2017

A short trail with a combination of grassy trail, dirt, and sand.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

The multiuse trail itself is a great way to see the park...but it is heavily used by EVERYONE (dog walkers, kids on bikes, rollerbladers...) If you are new to the park have at it but the interior trails and beach walks are where the real enjoyment and peacefulness are at.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

My favorite day use trail in the area.

Note it has been closed the entire summer of 2017 due to high waters this past winter. I tried to use it 9/2017 and it is still impassable.

The difficulty varies greatly on this trail depending upon the weather!!!! If the sand is frozen or partially frozen and it isn't windy - it's a quick easy walk. Majority of the trail is sandy if not straight sand so it can be taking on the lower legs. If it is windy- look the hell out it can be a very difficult hike. Temperatures out on the point in late winter early spring can be 20 degrees difference from a few miles away so come prepared.

That being said just incredible view. I tell people if I blind folded you and placed you at the end of the trail in January and Feb. when there are ice dunes you would swear you were in the artic circle. Incredible lake views on one side, ponds, marshes, Thompsen Bay on the other side. Tons of Wild birds, usually very few other people.

Good for hiking, snow shoes, and fishing.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Parts of this paved walkway are beautiful, with scenic views of the water and the city across the bay. In general, there is heavy foot traffic, not everyone picks up their dog's poop, and parts of the walkway are right next to the road (exhaust fumes). Nice path, and a nice walk with some good nature viewing. You can do all of this trail, or there are numerous parking areas where you can create your own loop. Restroom facilities are open from May to October (except at the Reservoir and ranger station where they are open year round)
Watch for ticks on yourselves and your pets. Lyme disease is prevalent.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

This can be a nice, short stand alone trail or you can make it part of a larger loop to include the Perry Monument and the beaches if you wanted to. This trail has a paved (narrow) sidewalk from Misery Bay side to the Lighthouse on the lake side. It does get wet in places, but this is easily traversed. In late June and July there are scads of flies on this trail, and Presque Isle in general is known for a lot of ticks so use repellant. Bicycles are not allowed on this trail.
During winter, can be used as XC Skiing trail

Friday, August 18, 2017

Wonderful park! Beautiful and clean beach!

road biking
Friday, August 11, 2017

Friday, April 14, 2017

Great walking trail. Black topped and shared use.
All the good off road trail are acceded from this main trail / bike path.

trail running
Monday, February 27, 2017

Perfect if you are into some sort of cardio. I.e. Kayaking, running, biking, skating etc... this place is a great find but beyond crowed during peak summer season.

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Nice loop with lots to see. A bit too busy for our taste but if that doesn't bother you, definitely worth the visit.

road biking
Friday, September 09, 2016

Ride here all the time. Use the the lakeside trail a lot less traffic! It's a loop so you can turn around and come back on the same side.

mountain biking
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Love riding around

mountain biking
Monday, August 15, 2016

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

Saturday, July 09, 2016

My go to for a quick hike when I'm not up for a drive out of Erie. Gets a bit muddy in spots, but well maintained. Beautiful views of the lake and inland lagoons and great for spotting animals.

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

One of my favorites. Lots of memories here.

on Presque Isle Trail

Saturday, January 02, 2016

High Lake Erie water has caused many parts of the trail to be under water...during Winter 2016.

Thursday, September 03, 2015


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Awesome place for any family event! I haven't had a chance to hike the trails but the water recreation is definitely an adventure in itself! Can't wait to hit the trails!!

Sunday, April 05, 2015

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.

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