"This is admittedly the farthest flung hike from Pittsburgh. But it’s an easy drive up Interstate 79 and such a unique place that it had to be included in this guide. Walking this hike will not only give you a look at one of the country’s largest inland lakes, but it will take you over ground that, 100 years ago, was under water. There’s nowhere else in Pennsylvania like it.
Some parts of this hike wind through areas where ticks have been a problem, so take precautions to ward off Lyme disease. Wear insect repellent for the blackflies and mosquitoes, too. Access to the peninsula can be impacted by snow and ice." Read more
"Walk the same rough-poured sidewalk that the old lighthouse keeper walked when he went from his home in the Presque Isle Lighthouse to his boat at the US Lighthouse Service boathouse on Misery Bay. Along the way, you’ll pass a marsh with thriving vegetation and vernal ponds. There’s a reason more than 4 million people visit Presque Isle every year. The phrase “something for everybody” has been bandied around, and though it’s worn thin from overuse, nothing could be truer. There really is something for everyone, whether you’re an outdoor lover, a history buff , a natural history student, a birder, or, of course, a hiker. Thirteen miles of roads transport visitors from one end of this 3,200-acre park to the other." Read more
"Likely few of the 4 million people who visit Presque Isle State Park annually—nearly as many as travel to Yellowstone in a calendar year—know it. But the park is never the same place twice. It’s a long, narrow peninsula that on a map looks like a crooked left index finger with the flesh before the first knuckle swollen from an errant hammer blow. Buffeted by the winds and tides of Lake Erie, it’s constantly shifting shape, its sands coming and going with the years. In a couple of other ways, though, it’s timeless.
It was here, from Misery Bay, that Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry and his Lake Erie Squadron recorded a first in naval history and helped save a young nation. It’s also here that a towering remnant of the region’s industrial past—a lighthouse once notoriously inaccessible by road—still operates." Read more
"The Presque Isle and Erie Ramble is a delightful and easy spin around one of Pennsylvania’s most popular state parks. Stop for a picnic, and go for a swim at one the park’s many guarded sandy beaches. Enjoy miles of shady cycling as you encircle the entire peninsula on bike lanes and multiuse paths. Continue on bike lanes through the easily negotiated and bike-friendly city of Erie. Stop and tour the U.S. Brig Niagara and learn its history at the Erie Maritime Museum. Get a bird’s-eye view of the region by climbing the Bicentennial Tower at Erie’s Dobbins Landing. End your ramble with a relaxing water taxi ride across Presque Isle Bay." Read more