Presque Isle Trail

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Presque Isle Trail is a 13.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Erie, Pennsylvania that features a lake and is rated as moderate. 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
173 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

canoeing

fishing

fly fishing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

scenic driving

sea kayaking

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

beach

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

old growth

snow

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.

walking
1 month 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
2 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.

6 months ago

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
7 months ago

7 months ago

road biking
8 months ago

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
9 months ago

Love riding around

mountain biking
9 months ago

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

9 months ago

hiking
Monday, April 25, 2016

walking
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

walking
Tuesday, April 05, 2016

One of my favorites. Lots of memories here.

hiking
Sunday, January 31, 2016

hiking
Saturday, January 02, 2016

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

walking
Wednesday, October 21, 2015

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.

canoeing
Monday, May 19, 2014