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Outdoor Recreation in Erie

Whether your adventurous spirit enjoys skiing, biking, running, fishing, camping, horseback riding or just spending the day in nature, Erie offers wide open spaces and fresh waters for outdoor enthusiasts!

Presque Isle State Park

Presque Isle State Park is more than just a beach destination: it’s a year-round outdoor playground for kayaking, canoeing, boat tours, hiking and biking, in-line skating, birding and fishing. Rentals are available for bicycles, surreys (a four-wheeled carriage style bike), paddle boards, motor boats, row boats, pontoon boats, canoes and kayaks. Rental facilities are located at Waterworks Beach/Rotary Pavillion and at Graveyard Pond across from Misery Bay. Presque Isle has more than15 miles of flat hiking trails, both paved and unpaved. The most popular and heavily used trail is the 13.5-mile Karl Boyes Multi-Purpose paved trail. Unpaved trails are located throughout the Park and include the Gull Point Trail, Graveyard Pond Trail and Dead Pond Trail.

Presque Isle State Park is open daily from 5 a.m. to sunset.

Restroom facilities are located throughout the Park, and three are open year-round: Public Safety Building, Rotary Pavilion and the Perry Monument.

Download the Presque Isle State Park and Downtown District Map here!

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Asbury Woods

With over 216 acres, 5 miles of trails, and year-round programs there’s always something new to discover at Asbury Woods. The Asbury Woods property includes native species, old-growth forests, landscaped gardens, wetlands, boardwalk trails and dirt trails. The Andrew J. Conner Nature Center at Asbury Woods features animal exhibits, a touch-and-learn Discovery Classroom and free public access. The Brown's Farm Barn located on nearby Sterrettania Road provides additional programming space for summer camps, school visits and community programs. The Greenway Trail at Asbury Woods consists of adjacent tracts of land which provides a network of trails connecting Browns Farm and the Nature Center. The Greenway Trail provides ample recreational opportunities for hiking, running, biking, skiing, snowshoeing and wading in Walnut Creek. Asbury Woods hosts several annual events including Maple Festival, Winter Wonderland, From Hive to Honey and Scary Creature Feature.

Erie Bluffs State Park

Located west of the City of Erie in Girard, Erie Bluffs State Park is an undeveloped 587-acre park with more than five miles of rustic hiking trails. The trails are rated easy to moderate, making them perfect for all levels of hiking experience. The views of Lake Erie from atop the Bluffs are spectacular.

Greater Erie Regional Trail Network

Your complete guide to all trail locations, trail route maps and terrain information can be found within the Greater Erie Regional Trail Network. A trail favorite takes explorers through the gorgeous scenery of Wintergreen Gorge, a 3,900 feet long canyon along Four Mile Creek in Harborcreek (pictured right)

Edinboro Lake

Located 15 minutes south of Erie, Edinboro Lake is a peaceful, quiet 245-acre getaway. Pat Crawford Beach is found on the Lakeside Drive section of the lake and is open for swimming Memorial Day to Labor Day. Next to the beach is the Billings Park Playground and picnic area with ample space to unwind and relax. Edinboro Lake has two free public boat launches and a handicapped accessible fishing pier. Fishermen cast their lines into the lake in search of species like large and smallmouth bass, muskie, panfish, and walleye.

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Biking in Erie

Erie is the only county in Pennsylvania with three official BicyclePA State Routes (A, Y and Z) and three national bike routes: Northern Tier Bicycle Route (4,265 miles),the Underground Railroad Bicycle Route (2,006 miles) and the Underground Railroad Spur (153 miles). Coastal Living Magazine ranked Erie’s Presque Isle State Park’s 13.5 mile multi-purpose trail fourth on its list of the 18 best bike rides at beaches. Coming soon is the new Erie-to-Pittsburgh Trail, which, when completed, is slated to be approximately 270 miles long. The trail will connect Erie and parts of New York State to the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) trail in Pittsburgh. The Trails at Six Mile offer mountain bike enthusiasts a place to play, with new trails and features being added every season. From beginner to challenging, don’t forget to check out the many natural biking trails at Mount Pleasant of Edinboro, in Edinboro PA just south of Erie. For a complete list of biking routes, trails and paths in Erie County, click here.

Camping

Make your escape into nature at Erie County’s campgrounds! Whether you’re hooking up the RV or looking for tent camping, Erie campgrounds will provide you with places to toast marshmallows and spaces to become one with nature. Pampered campers can select from sites that feature indoor and outdoor pools, cabins and furnished cottages. Virginia’s Beach Lakefront Cottages and Camping and Lampe Marina Campground provide a unique camping experience on the shores of Lake Erie. Those who want to “rough it”, can select from campsites that offer no showers, electricity or other creature comforts. For a mix of rough and comfortable camp sites, pitch your tent at Folly’s End Campground, Presque Isle Passage or Sparrow Pond Campground. (Pictured: Virginia's Beach Campground)

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Asbury Woods Nature Center

814-835-5356
4105 Asbury Road
Pet friendly (outside trails only)
Erie, PA 16506

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Camp Sherwin/YMCA

814-774-9416
8600 West Lake Road
Lake City, PA 16423

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Diver's World of Erie, Inc.

814-459-3195
1111 Greengarden Road
Erie, PA 16501

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Double D.A.B. Riding Stables

716-736-4418
5811 Welch Hill Road
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814-823-1591
3086 Clark Road
Erie, PA 16510

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Erie Bluffs State Park

814-833-7424
11100 West Lake Road
Lake City, PA 16423

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Erie Golf Club

814-866-0641
6050 Old Zuck Road
Erie, PA 16506

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Erie KOA Kampgrounds

814-476-7706
6645 West Road
McKean, PA 16426

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Erie Sports Center

8159 Oliver Road
Erie, PA 16509

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Erie Zoo & Botanical Gardens

814-864-4091
423 West 38th Street
Erie, PA 16508

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ERIEBANK Sports Park

814-572-1207
8159 Oliver Road
Erie, PA 16509

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FishUSA

800-922-1219
6960 West Ridge Road
Fairview, PA 16415

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Folly's End Campgrounds

814-474-5730
8600 Avonia Road
Girard, PA 16417

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Goodell Gardens & Homestead

814-734-6699
221 Waterford Street
Edinboro, PA 16412

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Great Lakes Seaway Trail - An America's Byway

1-800-SEAWAY-T (732-9298)
Route 5 and Presque Isle
Erie, PA 16505

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Greater Erie Regional Trail Network

814-454-1770
150 East Front Street, Ste 300
Erie, PA 16507

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GypsyLyn Fishing Charters

724-316-2529
35 State Street
Erie , PA 16507

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Harbor Ridge Golf Course

814-898-4653
3730 Harbor Ridge Trail
Erie, PA 16510

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Hidden Harbor Water Rentals

814-602-5846
12 East Dobbins Landing
next to Woody's Backwater BARge & Grill
Erie, PA 16507

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Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park (LEAF)

814-453-5323
1501 West 6th Street
Erie, PA 16505

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Lake Erie Speedway

814-725-3303
10700 Delmas Drive
North East, PA 16428

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Lake View Country Club

814-725-9644
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Non-Residents residing outside a 50 mile radius and recommended by a PGA Professional have limited availability. Call the pro shop, 814-725-9561, for details.
North East, PA 16428

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Lampe Marina Campground

814-454-5830
Ft. of, Port Access Rd
Erie, PA 16507

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1200 Lighthouse Street
Erie, PA 16507

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Lettie G. Howard

814-449-9012
150 East Front Street - Erie Maritime Museum
Erie, PA 16507

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Mound Grove Golf Course

814-796-2767
10760 Donation Road
Waterford, PA 16441
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Mount Pleasant of Edinboro- Skiing, Tubing, Walking & Biking Trails

814-734-1641
14510 Mt. Pleasant Road
Cambridge Springs, PA 16403

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Peek 'n Peak Ski Resort

716-355-4141
1405 Olde Road
Clymer, NY 14724

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Port Erie Sports

814-452-2628
402 West Bayfront Parkway
Erie, PA 16507

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Port Farms

814-796-4500
2055 Stone Quarry Road
Waterford, PA 16441

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Presque Isle Boat Rental

814-838-3938
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Presque Isle Canoe & Boat Livery
Erie, PA 16505

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Presque Isle Boat Tours - The Lady Kate

814-836-0201
Perry Monument at Presque Isle
Erie, PA 16501

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Presque Isle Lighthouse

814-833-3604
Presque Isle State Park, east of Beach 6
Erie, PA 16505

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Presque Isle Passage RV Park & Cabins

814-833-3272
6300 Sterrettania Road
Fairview, PA 16415

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Presque Isle State Park

814-833-7424
Foot of Peninsula Drive
Erie, PA 16505

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Presque Isle Yellow Bike Rental

814-835-8900
Waterworks Beach area
Presque Isle State Park
Erie, PA 16505

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Riverside Golf Course

814-398-4692
24527 U.S. Highway 6 & 19
Cambridge Springs, PA 16403

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Scallywags Pirate Adventures

814-453-2627
2 State Street
Erie, PA 16507

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Sparrow Pond Campground

814-796-6777
11103 Rte 19 North
Waterford, PA 16441

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Sunview Golf at Nick's Place

814-734-5098
12246 Route 99
Edinboro, PA 16412

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Tight Lines Sport Fishing LLC

724-880-1283
Captain John E. Lampe Marina, Foot of Port Access Road
Erie, PA 16507

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Victorian Princess Cruises

814-459-9696
Foot of State Street/Dobbins Landing
Erie, PA 16507

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Virginia's Beach Lakefront Cottages & Camping

814-922-3261
352 Holliday Road
North Springfield, PA 16430

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Your Sailing Adventure

Wolverine Park Marina
34 State Street
Erie, PA 16507

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