Presque Isle Multi-Purpose Trail

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Presque Isle State Park

Presque Isle Multi-Purpose Trail is a 13.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Erie, Pennsylvania that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 13.4 miles Elevation Gain: 101 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly


road biking


bird watching







wild flowers


This is a paved multi-use trail.

2 months ago

Small loop East Pier, cold breeze today 32 degrees

road biking
7 months ago

Part of this is a designated bike/walking lane on the main (paved) road that loops around the Presque Isle State Park, and part is a seperate sidewalk-type path. It's wide, flat and easy, and usually well maintained. Fall and spring, and early mornings, are the best times for this trail if you want less obstacles. It's two-way traffic but pleanty wide for passing. Working water fountains and bathrooms along the way between memorial day and labor day. Several rest facilities are open all year.

10 months ago

During the summer and fall months I would recommend to anyone

mountain biking
Mon May 20 2019

Great trail. Well maintained. Plenty of bathrooms and beaches. Great views.

Sun Oct 07 2018

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

Wed Aug 22 2018

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

Mon Jul 09 2018

love this place

Fri May 25 2018

Not very scenic, but pleasant.

Wed May 23 2018

I loved. I go there very often.

Sun Oct 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.

Wed Sep 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.

Tue Sep 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.

Fri Aug 18 2017

Wonderful park! Beautiful and clean beach!

road biking
Fri Aug 11 2017

Fri Apr 14 2017

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

Mon Feb 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.

Sun Nov 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
Fri Sep 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
Tue Aug 23 2016

Love riding around

mountain biking
Mon Aug 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

Tue Apr 05 2016

One of my favorites. Lots of memories here.

Sat Jan 02 2016

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

Thu Sep 03 2015


Wed Jun 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!!

Sun Apr 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.

Thu Jul 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.

Tue Jul 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.

Sat Feb 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
Sun Sep 02 2012

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

Fri 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

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