Along the western end of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail, you’ll see large undeveloped stretches of Lake Erie shoreline and old growth forests at Erie Bluffs State Park, Pennsylvania’s newest State Park.
The Great Lakes Seaway Trail route extends into Presque Isle State Park for a scenic drive around this peninsula which separates Presque Isle Bay from Lake Erie. On one side of the road you’ll see the skyline of the city of Erie across the bay, while the other side provides outstanding views of Lake Erie and the beaches lining the shore.
Travel east into the city of Erie and you’ll see an exciting Bayfront District with views across the water at the Presque Isle peninsula.
As you continue east, the byway traverses a landscape of woodlands, meadows and crop lands, and small towns with frequent vistas of Lake Erie. This is Lake Erie Wine Country and you’ll have spectacular views of vineyards right along the road with the lake in the not-too distant background.
There are numerous waterfront parks and harbors where you can park, get out and enjoy the fresh lake breezes. Many of these parks also feature Great Lakes Seaway Trail Outdoor Storyteller Signs where you can learn about the local history, culture, and other topics.
Stop at Freeport Beach in the town of North East, PA, to learn why grapes grow here. Once in New York, at Barcelona Harbor, view the replica 16th century British sailing ship Sea Lion and stop to stroll along the Dunkirk Harbor.