Erie, PA Walking Trails and Maps

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Bayfront Connector Trail

8.9 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Chautauqua Rails-to-Trails

28.56 mi
State: NY
Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel

Corry Junction Greenway Trail

5.8 mi
State: NY, PA
Crushed Stone

East Branch Trail (PA)

3 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Ernst Bike Trail

7.2 mi
State: PA
Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel

Greater Jamestown Riverwalk

5.1 mi
State: NY
Asphalt

McClintock Trail

9.4 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Oil Creek State Park Trail

9.7 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Queen City Trail

1.5 mi
State: PA
Asphalt

Western Reserve Greenway

43 mi
State: OH
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
Located on the western side of the Allegheny National Forest, this trail extends north to south, parallel to the Allegheny River from the town of Tidioute to Grove Run. The trail retains much of the...
PA 4.5 mi Ballast, Dirt, Grass
The Bayfront Connector Trail, also known as the Bayfront Bikeway, offers a paved route across the city of Erie in northwestern Pennsylvania. At its east end is the Penn State Behrend campus; from...
PA 8.9 mi Asphalt
Though mostly a continuous system of trails from Sherman north to Brocton, some segments of the Chautauqua Rails-to-Trails system go by other names (see below). All the trails are primarily grassy but...
NY 28.56 mi Concrete, Crushed Stone, Dirt, Grass, Gravel
Crossing the state line into New York near Erie, Pennsylvania, the 7-mile trail runs through the beautiful Brokenstraw Valley, passing small streams, a tamarack swamp, deciduous woods and...
NY, PA 5.8 mi Crushed Stone
The East Branch Trail is a rare dual-lane rail-trail. The 8-foot asphalt lane serves walkers, bicyclists, in-line skaters, and people in wheelchairs. Horses, specifically horses pulling Amish buggies...
PA 3 mi Asphalt
Starting in Meadville, known as the home of the zipper, the 7.2-mile Ernst Trail closes the gap between the city and surrounding forests and farms for visitors. The trail is named for Calvin Ernst,...
PA 7.2 mi Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel
The Greater Jamestown Riverwalk offers a 5-mile route through the southwestern New York community of Jamestown. The route includes a mixture of off-road trail, sidewalks (such as along Steele Street),...
NY 5.1 mi Asphalt
The 11.7-mile John C. Oliver Multi-Purpose Loop Trail is a centerpiece of Maurice K. Goddard State Park, which spans 2,856 acres in northwestern Pennsylvania. The mostly shaded, paved, off-road trail...
PA 11.7 mi Asphalt
The 13.4-mile Karl Boyes Multi-Purpose National Recreation Trail loops around the picturesque Presque Isle State Park, a peninsula in Lake Erie. Considered Pennsylvania’s only seashore, the 3,200-acre...
PA 13.4 mi Asphalt
As it winds along Oil Creek, McClintock Trail connects Oil Creek State Park with Oil City. Note that much of the route is on-road. Just south of the park, a 1.8-mile section on Waitz Road, a dirt...
PA 9.4 mi Asphalt
It’s hard to believe that the world’s first oil boom occurred along the path of what’s now the Oil Creek State Park Trail. The park’s forests, beaver ponds, and trout streams were once the site of oil...
PA 9.7 mi Asphalt
Located on the abandoned Erie and Pittsburgh branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad, this short but intriguing trail runs through Pymatuning State Park, a large and popular two-state recreation area...
PA 2.3 mi Ballast
Running 1.5 miles, the Queen City Trail serves as a community connector for the small city of Titusville, where the American oil industry began in 1859. The trail provides a short, paved connection...
PA 1.5 mi Asphalt
The Western Reserve Greenway travels 43 miles through a scenic, mostly rural area, cutting a north–south course from Ashtabula to Warren in northeastern Ohio. The route follows much of the...
OH 43 mi Asphalt

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Western Reserve Greenway

OH - 43 miles

The Western Reserve Greenway travels 43 miles through a scenic, mostly rural area, cutting a north–south course from Ashtabula to Warren in northeastern Ohio. The route follows much of the...

Karl Boyes Multi-Purpose National Recreation Trail

PA - 13.4 miles

The 13.4-mile Karl Boyes Multi-Purpose National Recreation Trail loops around the picturesque Presque Isle State Park, a peninsula in Lake Erie. Considered Pennsylvania’s only seashore, the 3,200-acre...

Allegheny National Forest - Tidioute Riverside RecTrek Trail

PA - 4.5 miles

Located on the western side of the Allegheny National Forest, this trail extends north to south, parallel to the Allegheny River from the town of Tidioute to Grove Run. The trail retains much of the...

Bayfront Connector Trail

PA - 8.9 miles

The Bayfront Connector Trail, also known as the Bayfront Bikeway, offers a paved route across the city of Erie in northwestern Pennsylvania. At its east end is the Penn State Behrend campus; from...

Accordion

Greater Jamestown Riverwalk

NY - 5.1 miles

The Greater Jamestown Riverwalk offers a 5-mile route through the southwestern New York community of Jamestown. The route includes a mixture of off-road trail, sidewalks (such as along Steele Street),...

McClintock Trail

PA - 9.4 miles

As it winds along Oil Creek, McClintock Trail connects Oil Creek State Park with Oil City. Note that much of the route is on-road. Just south of the park, a 1.8-mile section on Waitz Road, a dirt...

Ernst Bike Trail

PA - 7.2 miles

Starting in Meadville, known as the home of the zipper, the 7.2-mile Ernst Trail closes the gap between the city and surrounding forests and farms for visitors. The trail is named for Calvin Ernst,...

East Branch Trail (PA)

PA - 3 miles

The East Branch Trail is a rare dual-lane rail-trail. The 8-foot asphalt lane serves walkers, bicyclists, in-line skaters, and people in wheelchairs. Horses, specifically horses pulling Amish buggies...

Queen City Trail

PA - 1.5 miles

Running 1.5 miles, the Queen City Trail serves as a community connector for the small city of Titusville, where the American oil industry began in 1859. The trail provides a short, paved connection...

Oil Creek State Park Trail

PA - 9.7 miles

It’s hard to believe that the world’s first oil boom occurred along the path of what’s now the Oil Creek State Park Trail. The park’s forests, beaver ponds, and trout streams were once the site of oil...

John C. Oliver Multi-Purpose Loop Trail

PA - 11.7 miles

The 11.7-mile John C. Oliver Multi-Purpose Loop Trail is a centerpiece of Maurice K. Goddard State Park, which spans 2,856 acres in northwestern Pennsylvania. The mostly shaded, paved, off-road trail...

Bayfront Connector Trail

PA - 8.9 miles

The Bayfront Connector Trail, also known as the Bayfront Bikeway, offers a paved route across the city of Erie in northwestern Pennsylvania. At its east end is the Penn State Behrend campus; from...

Allegheny National Forest - Tidioute Riverside RecTrek Trail

PA - 4.5 miles

Located on the western side of the Allegheny National Forest, this trail extends north to south, parallel to the Allegheny River from the town of Tidioute to Grove Run. The trail retains much of the...

East Branch Trail (PA)

PA - 3 miles

The East Branch Trail is a rare dual-lane rail-trail. The 8-foot asphalt lane serves walkers, bicyclists, in-line skaters, and people in wheelchairs. Horses, specifically horses pulling Amish buggies...

Oil Creek State Park Trail

PA - 9.7 miles

It’s hard to believe that the world’s first oil boom occurred along the path of what’s now the Oil Creek State Park Trail. The park’s forests, beaver ponds, and trout streams were once the site of oil...

Accordion

McClintock Trail

PA - 9.4 miles

As it winds along Oil Creek, McClintock Trail connects Oil Creek State Park with Oil City. Note that much of the route is on-road. Just south of the park, a 1.8-mile section on Waitz Road, a dirt...

Chautauqua Rails-to-Trails

NY - 28.56 miles

Though mostly a continuous system of trails from Sherman north to Brocton, some segments of the Chautauqua Rails-to-Trails system go by other names (see below). All the trails are primarily grassy but...

Western Reserve Greenway

OH - 43 miles

The Western Reserve Greenway travels 43 miles through a scenic, mostly rural area, cutting a north–south course from Ashtabula to Warren in northeastern Ohio. The route follows much of the...

Queen City Trail

PA - 1.5 miles

Running 1.5 miles, the Queen City Trail serves as a community connector for the small city of Titusville, where the American oil industry began in 1859. The trail provides a short, paved connection...

Ernst Bike Trail

PA - 7.2 miles

Starting in Meadville, known as the home of the zipper, the 7.2-mile Ernst Trail closes the gap between the city and surrounding forests and farms for visitors. The trail is named for Calvin Ernst,...

John C. Oliver Multi-Purpose Loop Trail

PA - 11.7 miles

The 11.7-mile John C. Oliver Multi-Purpose Loop Trail is a centerpiece of Maurice K. Goddard State Park, which spans 2,856 acres in northwestern Pennsylvania. The mostly shaded, paved, off-road trail...

Pymatuning State Park Spillway Trail

PA - 2.3 miles

Located on the abandoned Erie and Pittsburgh branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad, this short but intriguing trail runs through Pymatuning State Park, a large and popular two-state recreation area...

Karl Boyes Multi-Purpose National Recreation Trail

PA - 13.4 miles

The 13.4-mile Karl Boyes Multi-Purpose National Recreation Trail loops around the picturesque Presque Isle State Park, a peninsula in Lake Erie. Considered Pennsylvania’s only seashore, the 3,200-acre...

Corry Junction Greenway Trail

NY,PA - 5.8 miles

Crossing the state line into New York near Erie, Pennsylvania, the 7-mile trail runs through the beautiful Brokenstraw Valley, passing small streams, a tamarack swamp, deciduous woods and...

Greater Jamestown Riverwalk

NY - 5.1 miles

The Greater Jamestown Riverwalk offers a 5-mile route through the southwestern New York community of Jamestown. The route includes a mixture of off-road trail, sidewalks (such as along Steele Street),...

Allegheny National Forest - Tidioute Riverside RecTrek Trail

PA - 4.5 miles

Located on the western side of the Allegheny National Forest, this trail extends north to south, parallel to the Allegheny River from the town of Tidioute to Grove Run. The trail retains much of the...

Western Reserve Greenway

OH - 43 miles

The Western Reserve Greenway travels 43 miles through a scenic, mostly rural area, cutting a north–south course from Ashtabula to Warren in northeastern Ohio. The route follows much of the...

Karl Boyes Multi-Purpose National Recreation Trail

PA - 13.4 miles

The 13.4-mile Karl Boyes Multi-Purpose National Recreation Trail loops around the picturesque Presque Isle State Park, a peninsula in Lake Erie. Considered Pennsylvania’s only seashore, the 3,200-acre...

McClintock Trail

PA - 9.4 miles

As it winds along Oil Creek, McClintock Trail connects Oil Creek State Park with Oil City. Note that much of the route is on-road. Just south of the park, a 1.8-mile section on Waitz Road, a dirt...

Accordion

Queen City Trail

PA - 1.5 miles

Running 1.5 miles, the Queen City Trail serves as a community connector for the small city of Titusville, where the American oil industry began in 1859. The trail provides a short, paved connection...

John C. Oliver Multi-Purpose Loop Trail

PA - 11.7 miles

The 11.7-mile John C. Oliver Multi-Purpose Loop Trail is a centerpiece of Maurice K. Goddard State Park, which spans 2,856 acres in northwestern Pennsylvania. The mostly shaded, paved, off-road trail...

Chautauqua Rails-to-Trails

NY - 28.56 miles

Though mostly a continuous system of trails from Sherman north to Brocton, some segments of the Chautauqua Rails-to-Trails system go by other names (see below). All the trails are primarily grassy but...

Ernst Bike Trail

PA - 7.2 miles

Starting in Meadville, known as the home of the zipper, the 7.2-mile Ernst Trail closes the gap between the city and surrounding forests and farms for visitors. The trail is named for Calvin Ernst,...

Oil Creek State Park Trail

PA - 9.7 miles

It’s hard to believe that the world’s first oil boom occurred along the path of what’s now the Oil Creek State Park Trail. The park’s forests, beaver ponds, and trout streams were once the site of oil...

Pymatuning State Park Spillway Trail

PA - 2.3 miles

Located on the abandoned Erie and Pittsburgh branch of the Pennsylvania Railroad, this short but intriguing trail runs through Pymatuning State Park, a large and popular two-state recreation area...

Bayfront Connector Trail

PA - 8.9 miles

The Bayfront Connector Trail, also known as the Bayfront Bikeway, offers a paved route across the city of Erie in northwestern Pennsylvania. At its east end is the Penn State Behrend campus; from...

Greater Jamestown Riverwalk

NY - 5.1 miles

The Greater Jamestown Riverwalk offers a 5-mile route through the southwestern New York community of Jamestown. The route includes a mixture of off-road trail, sidewalks (such as along Steele Street),...

East Branch Trail (PA)

PA - 3 miles

The East Branch Trail is a rare dual-lane rail-trail. The 8-foot asphalt lane serves walkers, bicyclists, in-line skaters, and people in wheelchairs. Horses, specifically horses pulling Amish buggies...

Corry Junction Greenway Trail

NY,PA - 5.8 miles

Crossing the state line into New York near Erie, Pennsylvania, the 7-mile trail runs through the beautiful Brokenstraw Valley, passing small streams, a tamarack swamp, deciduous woods and...

Recent Trail Reviews

Pymatuning State Park Spillway Trail

One mile is newly paved

September, 2021 by vicki1960

Brand new asphalt pavement, September 2021. They were finishing up the work the day we were there. Trail is gravel coming out of Linesville. At the spillway parking lot, the trail starts asphalt pavement and runs smooth to Fries Road. All in all, about one mile is asphalt paved.
Plans are in the future to pave more of the trail and even extend it.
In the meantime, enjoy the fresh new asphalt.
Great for a short bike ride, wheelchair accessible, roller blading, walking, jogging and strollers!

Western Reserve Greenway

Another nice ride

September, 2021 by vicki1960

Labor Day 2021: Parked in North Bloomfield along Route 87. There is a small parking area there for about 10 cars. Biked down to Sunside Trailhead approx 11 miles South and back then up to Orwell and back for a 31 mile round trip.
Some leaves are beginning to change already and some dry dead leaves on the trail.
Most of the trail is shaded by trees but there are a few areas open farmlands.

Karl Boyes Multi-Purpose National Recreation Trail

Biking the Erie area

September, 2021 by sawbuck25

This trail is a beautiful loop around the peninsula state park, well shaded and plenty of water holes and bath facilities. For those that want to bike the Erie Pa area and have camping or rv equipment, I highly recommend Lampe campground in downtown Erie on the bayfront. There is a bike trail that connects the campground to the Bayfront connector trail. This trail will take you along the bayfront and has a designated bike path to connect you to the Karl Boyes trail around the penninsula. 34 miles round trip (that's stopping at some nice watering holes along the way.)

Accordion

Oil Creek State Park Trail

Another Great Ride

September, 2021 by vicki1960

Annual Ride. Love this trail, wished had more time to ride several times a year. Always a great ride.
Trail is 10 ish miles in length and asphalt paved in very good condition. Though a few bumpy spots on occasion probably from the brutal Pennsylvania Winters.
Two main trailheads, one at the North end near Drake Well Park on the outskirts of Titusville. The other is at the Southern end next to the state park office in Petroleum Centre.
Also found a remote parking lot at the 5 mile marker at Miller Farm Road. It's several dirt roads to get to it.
Trail goes through the state park and is mostly shaded. It follows Oil Creek. Along the trail it's very quiet and peaceful. Usually see a lot of game but only saw one deer.
At the Northern end you can pick up Queen City trail which is less than 2 miles in length, also paved, and follow it to Titusville for services such as Dollar Stores, food places, etc.

John C. Oliver Multi-Purpose Loop Trail

Great for all ages and abilities!

August, 2021 by cpeck5

Some minor ups and downs but overall a great loop around the lake.

Oil Creek State Park Trail

Very nice

August, 2021 by carebare

Trail nicely maintained.

Karl Boyes Multi-Purpose National Recreation Trail

Nice trail

August, 2021 by carebare

Nice Trail. We added more miles by going out the the Coast Guard facility

East Branch Trail (PA)

Good and Bad, Summer 2021

August, 2021 by vicki1960

The 3 miles paved portion of the trail out of Spartansburg is great! It goes 1.5 miles North of town and 1.5 miles South of town. Very good condition flat asphalt paved trail.
Traveling South from Spartansburg, 1.5 miles, you will cross over Route 89 and the trail goes for an additional 2 miles. it is dirt, and mud, and gravel. Very rough on a Hybrid. There were a few downed trees blocking the trail that look like they've been there a short while but able to go around. There is also a cement bridge to cross and it's in poor condition. Crumbling cement, and big cracks.
From what I have heard, Clear Lake Authority owns 15ish miles from Spartansburg to Hydetown and will someday, not any time soon, be a completed trail.
Summary of it all: Park in the quant little town of Spartansburg, bike North 1.5 miles to the end, and bike South 1.5 miles to the end of the paved section before crossing 89 to the gravel section.

Corry Junction Greenway Trail

Summer 2021 Ride

August, 2021 by vicki1960

Biked from Corry PA to Clymer NY. A rough ride on a Hybrid but the beauty made it worthwhile. Trail is 5.8 miles in length and goes through a lot of wooded area which is peaceful and serene. A few sections of the trail literally go through cornfields, those are the grass sections.
Most of the trail is nothing more than 2 paths through the woods. I think it would be a great Mountain Bike experience or to hike or trail run. In the winter would be good for snow shoeing.
The only portions of the trail that are paved are a few hundred feet where the trail crosses the paved roads.
Trail surface is crushed stone, dirt, some sandy spots and grass.
Coming from Corry to Clymer you bike approx 5 miles to get to the New York border. There is no sign or anything!
We parked at the easiest lot to find once we got into town which is on North Center Street less than 1/10 of a mile from Tim Hortons. The North Center Street lot is mile 0 of the trail. The trail crosses over Sciota Street but there is no where to park. Another great place to park is on Hereford Road. No parking at the North end in Clymer NY.
This is a great trail if you would like a peaceful quite ride. I would not recommend on a road bike. Enjoy!

Karl Boyes Multi-Purpose National Recreation Trail

Summer 2021 Ride

August, 2021 by vicki1960

Enjoyed a day at Presque Isle State Park. This park, along with all of the other 120 State Parks in the Commonwealth of PA are free. Presque Isle is located on a peninsula with Lake Erie on one side and the bay on the other side.
Flat paved trail goes throughout the park which also offers several beaches, hiking trails and picnic areas...and fishing and boating as well.
Along this trail you will pass 2 lighthouses. Most of the trail follows the main park road which the speed limit is 25 mph and strictly enforced. Some of the trail goes through wooded areas which remind you of being in a forest.
Since the trail is about as flat as they come, no need for an e-Bike! Manual pedal power is all you need.
At the entrance of the park there is a diner which has burgers. hot dogs, fries and ice cream. Next door to it there is a pizza shop. Camping is nearby also.
Seasonal bike rentals in the park. Rent a bike, surrey or even try rollerblades.
If you'd like to experience the bike trail, it would be best to go on a weekday. It's not very wide and can be extremely crowded on weekends. Enjoy!

Karl Boyes Multi-Purpose National Recreation Trail

LAKE TRAIL

August, 2021 by xfpcdx56mb

Beautiful trail around Presque Isle peninsula. Watch for tree root bumps.

Western Reserve Greenway

OUTSTANDING ¿¿

August, 2021 by xfpcdx56mb

What a nice trail. Rode from Ashtabula to Rock Creek, 30 miles round trip. Have lunch in Austinburg.

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