Explore the most popular nature trips trails in Presque Isle State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

trail running
6 months ago

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
6 months ago

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

walking
7 months 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
7 months 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
7 months 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.

walking
7 months ago

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
8 months ago

walking
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

hiking
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.

walking
Tuesday, April 05, 2016

One of my favorites. Lots of memories here.

on Presque Isle Trail

hiking
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

Awesome.

surfing
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!!

skiing
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.

hiking
Sunday, April 05, 2015

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.

hiking
Thursday, July 18, 2013

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.

trail running
Tuesday, July 09, 2013

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.

hiking
Wednesday, February 20, 2013

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.

hiking
Saturday, February 16, 2013

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.

road biking
Sunday, September 02, 2012

Great ride that the kids can do. Can't wait to get back there.

trail running
Friday, May 11, 2012

This is a great paved trail. It actually is a 13 mile loop with several paved and unsaved trails leading from it. The main trail runs generally along the main roads. I like the main or multi purpose trail more for biking than hiking

walking
Friday, June 10, 2011

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.

scenic driving
Friday, June 10, 2011

Everyone who lives here absolutely LOVE our peninsula! We have migratory birds, lots of mammals, beauty, fresh air! It's only 5 mins from downtown! AMAZING! Where else can you live where you can go shopping and 15mins later (depending on traffic) be in such a beautiful place like Presque Isle?!? There are clearly defined trails, loads of beaches, convienant consessions, and bathrooms, showers and changing rooms! We also have volleyball courts and family friendly beaches. A couple of them don't go above the knee, good for little ones. All natural, these weren't made this way by humans for touristy convienance! Check out the website for more info. No I'm not partial, I just live in Erie :)

hiking
2 months ago

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