When you think about Pennsylvania, the last thing that might come to mind is beautiful sunsets, waves, and miles of beaches, but that’s exactly what you get at Presque Isle State Park in Erie, Pennsylvania. Presque Isle is surely one of Pennsylvania’s top must-see state parks. The park is located on the shores of beautiful Lake Erie. Presque Isle State Park stretches out on a peninsula that juts 4 miles into the lake. The park boasts 3,200 acres of nature to explore and has 13 miles of shoreline offering panoramic views of downtown Erie and unobstructed views of the lake.
Presque Isle is the perfect place for any kind of outdoor enthusiast. Hiking, biking, bird-watching, and swimming are just a few of the many activities you can enjoy in the park. The park offers over 13 miles of bike trails & many rare birds migrate to the park because of the many diverse habitats the park has to offer.
Presque Isle has a very rich history in addition to its beautiful nature. the first known inhabitants of Presque Isle were the Native American Erielhonan tribe, or the “raccoon” people who were eventually defeated by the Seneca tribe. By the year 1656, any remaining survivors were absorbed into the Seneca tribe. By the 1800s, Erie was incorporated as its own city. There are many landmarks from when the land was fought over. The park had previously been a military fort for hundreds of years through The Frech & Indian War, the War of 1812 & The American Revolutionary War. It wasn’t until may of 1921 that Presque Isle would officially become a park. Being Pennsylvania’s only surf beach, it was a popular tourist attraction.
Today the Park is visited by thousands of guests year-round. With endless nature and changing weather, you’d never have the same experience here twice. There’s always something new to see and do.
Presque Isle is located at Peninsula Dr & Fisher Dr, Erie, PA 16505