Some of the Best Biking in Western Pennsylvania!
Take a trip to Presque Isle State Park, and experience some of the best biking Western PA has to offer. The Karl Boyes Multipurpose Trail travels a flat 13.5-mile loop around the park. Following Presque Isle Bay and returning along the lakeside, it's a popular spot for cyclists in PA.
Cherish incredible views on both the bay side of the peninsula and the beach side. Depending on your pace, you can finish the trail in 40 minutes to an hour. Bicycles are available to rent at the Waterworks Pumphouse area.
Unique Among PA State Parks!
Due to the size, surf and sea-like properties of Lake Erie on which it is located, Presque Isle State Park is known as Pennsylvania's only "seashore." Open to boating, swimming, recreational SCUBA diving, and water skiing, this is truly the most versatile of PA's state parks when it comes to water sports.
Take a scenic boat tour or climb the 75-foot observation tower and see things from a new perspective. To see a myriad of wildlife and natural beauty, take Pontoon boat rides through the interior of the peninsula. Kayaking through the lagoons at a leisurely pace is another great way to view nature. 11 miles of trails skirt the beautiful lake, and picnic facilities are available in various locations. Presque Isle State Park closes in the evening, but overnight accommodations are available nearby for those who wish to make a longer stay.
Rated by Bird Watcher Magazine!
Presque Isle is a beautiful place to spend the day in Erie, PA. In addition to miles of sandy beaches, the sparkling waters of Lake Erie, and long trails through the woods, the aisle boasts one of the premier bird watching spots in the whole state. In fact, the park has been mentioned by Bird Watcher Magazine on their list of top places to watch birds in the U.S. You'll love wandering the park surrounded by opportunities to see birds in their natural habitats! Be sure to come at the right time of the season, and the right time of the day: generally, from spring to early fall is best, and nothing beats listening to birdsong in the early morning!
One of the Top Day Trips in Western PA!
A national landmark and ecological gem, Presque Isle State Park offers an eclectic mix of nature and recreation. Within Presque Isle, you will find over 7 miles of pristine beaches, over 320 bird species, and a War of 1812 historic site.
The park is home to the Karl Boyes National Recreation Trail, providing nearly 14 miles of paved pathways for walkers, joggers, bicyclists, and in-line skaters. The clear waters of Lake Erie are perfect for swimming, boating, fishing, water-skiing, and scuba-diving. If you're a nature lover, you'll be pleased to know that Presque Isle State Park is one of the best bird-watching spots in the country!