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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.

hiking
6 days ago

walking
17 days ago

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.

hiking
17 days ago

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.

walking
17 days ago

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.

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

Wonderful park! Beautiful and clean beach!

road biking
1 month ago

road biking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

road biking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

walking
5 months ago

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

trail running
6 months ago

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.

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

hiking
11 months ago

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