Let's Move Outside! Erie County Recreational Passport

Built by Erie Yesterday, Erie County Department of Health and VisitErie; this program or series of walks highlights hikes and walking tours of Erie's public art, outdoor recreational areas, and historical areas.

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15 Hikes from Erie's Let's Get Outside! Program

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Albion Trail

Length: 2 miles

Approximate mileage from Allegheny College: 25 miles

Type: Walking Tour

Allowed Usage: Walking, Running 

This easy, 2-mile walking tour of Albion highlights local buildings, memorials, and historical sites largely built because of the presence of the Erie Extension Canal and railroads that existed in the area.

Sources/  Learn more at: http://letsmoveoutside.org/trails.php/Albion-Trail/51/2218/655/5013

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Corry’s Trail of Simple Pleasures

Length: 3 miles

Approximate mileage from Allegheny College: 37 miles

Type: Walking Tour

Allowed Usage: Walking, Running

This easy, 3-mile walking tour of Corry, the second largest county in Erie County, walks you past some of the city’s parks, museums, and historical buildings like their post office built in 1915. 

Sources/ Learn more at: http://letsmoveoutside.org/trails.php/Corry-s-Trail-of-Simple-Pleasures/51/2218/655/3145

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Fort LeBoeuf Trail

Length: 4 miles

Approximate mileage from Allegheny College: 23 miles

Type: Walking Tour

Allowed Usage: Walking, Running

Check out the Fort LeBoeuf Trail for 4-miles of historical sites. Fort LeBoeuf, built by the French in 1753, was burned down in 1759 in an attempt to keep it away from the English. The English rebuilt it in 1760 only to be burned down again in 1763 during the Pontiac rebellion. This walking trail includes the Waterford Covered Bridge (currently only open to foot traffic), the site of the Philadelphia and Erie Railroad Station, the site of the Park House/Opera House, and more.

Sources/ Learn more at: http://letsmoveoutside.org/trails.php/Fort-LeBoeuf-Trail/51/2218/655/3146

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Girard Trail

Length: 3.5 miles

Approximate mileage from Allegheny College: 35 miles

Type: Walking Tour

Allowed Usage: Walking, Running

In a 3.5 easy stroll, this walking tour will take you past 28 different historical sites in the community of Girard.

Sources/ Learn more at: http://letsmoveoutside.org/trails.php/Girard-Trail/51/2218/655/3147

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Greenfield Township Community Park Trail

Length: 0.5 miles

Approximate mileage from Allegheny College: 42 miles

Type: Walking Tour + Exercise Station Route

Allowed Usage: Walking, Running, Exercise Stations 

This 0.5-mile route features 3 historical sites and 12 exercise stations with instructional boards. To complete all 12 stations, you must walk the trail twice - making it a 1-mile walk!

Sources/ Learn more at: http://letsmoveoutside.org/trails.php/Greenfield-Township-Community-Park-Trail/51/2218/655/5016

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Greenway Trail (Asbury Woods Nature Center)

Length: 2.2 miles one way

Approximate mileage from Allegheny College: 35 miles

Type: In and out

Allowed Usage: Hiking, Running, Cross Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, Picnicking

Trail Surface: Natural Earth, covered with bark chips, or a barrier-free boardwalk by the Asbury Woods Nature Center

The Greenway Trail, the longest of the trails at Asbury Woods at 2.2 miles (4.4 there and back), extends all the way from the Asbury Woods Nature Center to Brown’s Farm. White blazes on the trees mark the trail’s path.

Sources/ Learn more at: http://letsmoveoutside.org/trails.php/Greenway-Trail/51/2218/655/3148

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Harborcreek Community Park Trail

Length: 1.1 miles one way

Approximate mileage from Allegheny College: 41 miles

Type: In and out

Allowed Usage: Walking, Running

Trail Surface: Natural Earth


Located by the playground in the Harborcreek Community Park, this trail takes you through 1.1 miles of woods, ending on the other side of the park. While in the area, be sure to check out publicly accessible Shades Beach Park which boasts 7 miles of lakeshore.

Sources/ Learn more at: http://letsmoveoutside.org/trails.php/Harborcreek-Community-Park-Trail/51/2218/655/3149

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Lawrence Park Trail

Length: 1.9 miles 

Approximate mileage from Allegheny College: 43 miles

Type: In and out

Allowed Usage: Walking, Running

Lawrence Park was originally built between 1907-1910 by General Electric. This easy, almost 2-mile walking tour begins at the Lawrence Park Community Center/ Lawrence Park Historical Society.

Sources/ Learn more at: http://letsmoveoutside.org/trails.php/Lawrence-Park-Trail/51/2218/655/5017

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McKean Community Recreational Park Trail

Length: 0.5 mile loop

Approximate mileage from Allegheny College: 30 miles

Type: Loop

Allowed Usage: Walking, Running

Trail Surface: Paved


Along with picnic pavilions, horseshoe, and volleyball courts, the McKean Community Park also has an easy, 0.5 mile looped trail.

Sources/ Learn more at: http://letsmoveoutside.org/trails.php/McKean-Community-Recreational-Park-Trail/51/2218/655/5014

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North East Heritage Path

Length: 1.5 miles (3 miles there and back)

Approximate mileage from Allegheny College: 47 miles

Type: Walking Tour

Allowed Usage: Walking, Running


Beginning at the Lake Shore Railway Museum, this walking tour winds you through downtown, 3 parks, and ends up on Mercyhurst University’s campus. If you started at the museum, you will likely have to walk the 1.5 miles there and back, making this an easy 3-mile stroll through North East.

Sources/ Learn more at: http://letsmoveoutside.org/trails.php/North-East-Heritage-Path/51/2218/655/3150

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Perry 200 Commemoration Trail

Length: 3.5 miles

Approximate mileage from Allegheny College: 40 miles

Type: Walking Tour

Allowed Usage: Walking, Running

Trail Surface: Mostly pavement

This walking tour begins by the water at Dobbins Landing or the Bicentennial Tower Station. It is longer than most of the other Let’s Get Outside! Program’s hikes, but it highlights many of Erie’s most prized historical sites and museums. You’ll see the Erie Maritime Museum, the Erie Art Museum, the expERIEnce Children’s Museum, the Erie County Courthouse, the Bayfront Promenade, and more.

Sources/ Learn more at: http://letsmoveoutside.org/trails.php/Perry-200-Commemoration-Trail/51/2218/655/3151

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Pleasant Ridge Park Trail

Length: 1.5 miles

Approximate mileage from Allegheny College: 32 miles

Type: Loop

Allowed Usage: Walking, Running

Trail Surface: Natural Earth

The Pleasant Ridge Park Trail, located in the Pleasant Ridge Park in Fairview, PA, is comprised of 1.5 miles of a series of smaller trails that makes up the park’s one large trail. The hike begins by the park’s pavilion and goes through the woods and at one point over a very idyllic looking bridge. The different paths may cause some confusion. 

Sources/ Learn more at: http://letsmoveoutside.org/trails.php/Pleasant-Ridge-Park-Trail/51/2218/655/3152

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Union City Area School District Trail

Length: 0.5 miles

Approximate mileage from Allegheny College: 30 miles

Type: In and out

Allowed Usage: Walking, Running

Trail Surface: Natural Earth


Located on the Union City Area School District’s property, this short 0.5 mile hike takes you through the woods and out behind the school’s. The Let’s Get Outside! website warns that since there was recently a tornado in the area, there may still be some trees down along the trail.

Sources/ Learn more at: http://letsmoveoutside.org/trails.php/Union-City-Area-School-District-Trail/51/2218/655/3153

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Veterans Memorial Park/ Wainer Park Trail

Length:  1.5 miles (3 there and back)

Approximate mileage from Allegheny College: 22 miles

Type: In and out

Allowed Usage: Walking, Running

Trail Surface: Natural Earth


The Wainer Park Trail, located in the Veterans Memorial Park in Edinboro, PA, is a 1.5 mile (3.0 there and back), dirt-road-like trail. Washington Township is known for its recreational areas.

Sources/ Learn more at: http://letsmoveoutside.org/trails.php/Veterans-Memorial-Park-Wainer-Park-Trail/51/2218/655/3154

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West Branch French Creek Conservation Area Trail

Length: 1.1 mile loop

Approximate mileage from Allegheny College: 38 miles

Type: Loop

Allowed Usage: Walking


Located in the Warrsburg/Lowville area, this 1.1 mile loop is rated moderate to difficult because it intersects water 4 times there and back and a portion has a narrow log boardwalk.

Sources/ Learn more at: http://letsmoveoutside.org/trails.php/West-Branch-French-Creek-Conservation-Area-Trail/51/2218/655/5015