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.

Length13.4 miElevation gain101 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashWheelchair friendlyKid friendlyStroller friendlyFishingRoad bikingWalkingBird watchingrunningBeachForestLakePavedViewsWildflowersWildlife
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A lovely paved multi-use trail with easy access to beaches for swimming and lots of wildlife. Accessibility: The trail surface is paved and typically at least five feet wide. The grade is gentle (all estimated 2% or less) so most wheelchair and stroller users will likely find the trail navigable.

All beaches have parking, beach 7 is handicap accessible. There are also random parking lots all along the main drive.

You can get there by I-90, or if you're in Erie, PA Peninsula drive going north runs right into it. It's on the west side of town.

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Averie Shaughnessy-Comfort
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Hiking

flat, paved, easy to follow. from Crystal Point to long Point Trail about 1.5 miles down and back

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Kyle Carver
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Matthew Williams
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Hiking

Went to the pine tree trail to get off pavement....should be called the poison Ivy trail. No thanks.

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Debbie Phelps
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Great

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Garret Stoops
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Karissa Duff
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Road bikingGreat!

Very well maintained. Takes you around all of Presque Isle. There are many sites and a variety of activities. Presque Isle is on of my favorite parks in PA to visit and we visit every year!

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Justin Harriman
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Bike touringWashed out

My wife and I biked this trail with the kids today. The weather was beautiful, but our ride recording was cut short due to the app not recording for the first few miles. The only wash out on the trail is directly next to the park office so be careful, as they have the detour marked but not very well in my opinion. We rode out to Perry monument, then had troubles deciphering how to get to the north side of the trail so we just backtracked the south side of the trail. All and all it was a fine day and trail ride, I would recommend it to anyone.

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Kathe Skobieranda Bryson
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Hiking

I have walked parts of this trail over the years in all weather types. Very well maintained. Easy to walk. Easy access to beaches for swimming. Lots of wildlife. Would do over and over again!

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Natalia Zorkin
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Hiking

A bit long trail yet easy to walk. The views are breathtaking along with a nice breeze from the lake.

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Rebecca Rasmussen
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Hiking

Nice easy walk. Leashed pets OK.

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mike z
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Hiking

Small loop East Pier, cold breeze today 32 degrees

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Summer Payer
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Road biking

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.

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James Moran
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Hiking

During the summer and fall months I would recommend to anyone

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William Mccoy
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Mountain biking

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

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

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Liz Cronkite
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Walking

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

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Eric Trojak
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love this place

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Dr. Doug Dillner
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Not very scenic, but pleasant.

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Kristin Pinyan
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Running

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.

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Lee Shadeck
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Walking

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.

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T. Kay
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Walking

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.

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Shahrzad azizaddini
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Wonderful park! Beautiful and clean beach!

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Caleb Weaver
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Road biking
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Louis Bruno
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Walking

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

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Bryan Palmer
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Running

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.

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

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