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Sidewalk Trail to Lighthouse is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Erie, Pennsylvania that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.4 mi Elevation gain 6 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Cross country skiing

Hiking

Nature trips

Snowshoeing

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Partially paved

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Snow

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Faith Gillen
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HikingBugsMuddy

You can get about a mile from the lighthouse side of the trail then it’s washed out. But was a nice walk otherwise.

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Nevena Kulina
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Mitch S
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Hiking

Once away from the hustle and bustle of the main trails along the roads in Presque Isle, this could be a short, straight, level walk with a lot packed in to see. Frogs, turtles, the work of beavers and too many species of birds to count. In dryer days this would be great for families with young children. Today though ... from the east side, only less than a mile could be used before the trail was underwater and it looked like a permanent condition to me. Would have been a two but for the wildlife.

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Nicole W
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Beautiful walk on an old tiny cement pathway that takes you from one side of the park to the other. Lots of wood and wentland views. We saw a variety of birds and a weasel on the trail. Had to turn back about a mile in due to flooding in Mid-May. The trail connects to several other trails in the area, so this one is a great starting point. 

Joy E Gamble
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Easy trail with a paved very narrow path about 2 feet wide. It is currently very overgrown and buggy, definitely wear a insect repellent. There are a few areas on the trail that are like sink holes next to the paved trail, if I hadn't looked down I'd have stepped right in, not sure how deep these go. The trail leads to a historic lighthouse and beaches. Trail is dog friendly for leashed pets.

Alexa Johnston
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Hiking

An incredible find on Presque Isle. It was literally a sidewalk in the middle of a marsh. Fantastic views. Super easy. Even saw a turtle in the middle of the path!

T. Kay
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Walking
First to Review

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

Nicole Gilson
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Outdoor Happenings
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Ben Martin
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Hester B.
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Sonya Rummel
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John Allen
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Sara K.
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Deb Simonson
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Sammie S.
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David Emanuel
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Elijah Johnston
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Jim McShane Jr
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