Beaver Run Trail (Sugar Lake Division)

Length: 1 mile

Approximate mileage from Allegheny College: 12 miles

Type: Loop

Allowed Usage: Walking

Trail Surface: Natural Earth

This 1-mile loop walks you through fields, forest, and past beaver habitat. There is an old Sandstone Springhouse located north of trail along Hank Road.

Source/ Learn more at: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Erie/visit/beaverruntrail.html

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Tsuga Nature Trail (Sugar Lake Division)

Length: 1.2 or 1.6 miles depending on loop

Approximate mileage from Allegheny College: 12 miles

Type: Two Loops

Allowed Usage: Walking, Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing

Trail Surface: Natural Earth

The two looped Tsuga Nature Trail’s trailhead is located at the ENWR’s headquarters or visitors center in the Sugar Lake Division. The 1.2-mile loop, or the larger loop, has an interpretive brochure located at the trailhead. The other loop, 0.4 miles (together making the whole trail 1.6 miles, is often used during the winter for cross country skiing and snowshoeing.

Source/ Learn more at: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Erie/visit/tsugatrail.html

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Deer Run Trail (Sugar Lake Division)

Length: 3 miles

Approximate mileage from Allegheny College: 12 miles

Type: Loop

Allowed Usage: Walking, Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing

Trail Surface: Natural Earth

Deer Run Trail is the longest trail the ENWR has to offer and allows snow sports like cross country skiing and snowshoeing when the weather is right for it. At the beginning of the trail, there is a hill with switchbacks but has a steady descent. The trailhead is located on Boland Road in Cochranton, PA.

Source/ Learn more at: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/erie/visit/deerruntrail.html

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Muddy Creek Holly Trail (Seneca Division)

Length: 1 mile 

Approximate mileage from Allegheny College: 16 miles

Type: Out and back 

Allowed Usage: Walking, Handicap Accessible

Trail Surface: Natural Earth and Boardwalk

Along the Muddy Creek Holly Trail, you’ll find oxbow swamps, many forests and meadows. The trail also features a boardwalk so it is handicap accessible.

Source/ Learn more at: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Erie/visit/muddycreektrail.html

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Trolley Line Trail (Seneca Division)

Length: 2 miles

Approximate mileage from Allegheny College: 17 miles

Type: Out and back 

Allowed Usage: Walking

Trail Surface: Natural Earth 

Located within the Seneca Division of the Erie National Wildlife Refuge, the Trolley Line Trail follows an old railroad grade. The trailhead is located along Swamp Road. This trail is more difficult as the hiker needs to be able to navigate ravines and rope pulls.

Source/ Learn more at: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Erie/visit/trolleylinetrail.html

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The refuge is comprised of two different parcels of land; the 5,025-acre Sugar Lake Division east of Meadville and the 3,594-acre Seneca Division southeast of Cambridge Springs. The refuge is a popular spot for many, many species of birds to nest (Cramer, B., 2008). There are 3 hiking trails located in the Sugar Lake Division and 2 located in the Seneca Division.


Cramer, B. (Ed.). (2008). Pennsylvania Hiking Trails (13th ed.). Mechanicsburg, PA: Stackpole Books.