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The Great Outdoors – Outdoor Activities to Consider During COVID-19

Wednesday Mar 18th, 2020

With all of the uncertainty and growing concern surrounding COVID-19 and its subsequent restrictions and social distancing, we wanted to take a moment and remind you of the outdoor options available to you in Erie County.  Get outside and enjoy the outdoor recreation Erie County has to offer.  Stay safe and stay healthy but if you’re sick, stay home.  We look forward to everyone and everything getting back to a state of normalcy.

Here are a few suggestions:

  • Presque Isle State Park/Erie Bluffs State Park - The public can access trails, lakes, roads, and parking for passive and dispersed recreation, such as hiking; however, all facilities at state parks and forests in Pennsylvania will be closed for 14 days effective Tuesday, March 17, to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We encourage practicing social distancing while enjoying open spaces avoiding groups and crowds, and visitors should berespectful of our natural places and use the bathroom before they leave home.


  • Greater Erie Regional Trail Network – Erie County has a vast array of park and recreational opportunities for you to explore. On their website you can find a trail nearest to you, see maps of the trail routes, and view photos of the venues and terrain. 


  • Asbury Woods – Although the Nature Center and Browns Farm are closed, their trails are open from dawn to dusk. Our 205 natural acres of fields, forests and streams offer over 5 miles of breathtaking trails that are open to the public during daylight hours. Take a leisurely stroll along the serene woodland Boardwalk Trail, or hike the Greenway Trail to experience a scenic steel foot bridge that spans Walnut Creek.


  • Great Lakes Seaway Trail – The Great Lakes Seaway Trail is a 518-mile scenic driving route that follows the shores of Lake Erie and the Niagara River, Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River in New York and Pennsylvania. One of the first roads to be designated as a National Scenic Byway, the Trail includes unique historical locations and cultural heritage sites in addition to outstanding views and scenic vistas.  In Erie County, the Great Lakes Seaway Trail encompasses Route 5, Alt Rte. 5 and Presque Isle State Park.
Graveyard Pond Trail at Presque Isle

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