This past Saturday (August 14th) we visited Erie Bluffs State Park, located approximately 12 miles west of downtown Erie. Erie Bluffs became Pennsylvania’s 117th state park on June 4, 2004. According to the DCNR website, “Erie Bluffs is 540 acres of Lake Erie shoreline … it is the largest undeveloped stretch of Lake Erie shoreline remaining in Pennsylvania. The park has one mile of shoreline; 90-foot bluffs overlooking Lake Erie; world-class shallow stream steelhead fishery; old growth forest; rare, endangered and threatened flora; uncommon oak savannah sand barren ecosystem; exceptional value wetlands; and significant archaeological sites.”
The cornfield path led us to this path that went through the woods, high above Lake Erie. The path appeared to be maintained, although we did run into this obstacle along the way.
We saw very little of the state park. As stated above, the park is undeveloped. There were no handrails to assist us climbing down the bluff to the lake shore, nor were there any signs to direct us to overlooks. We hope to return to the park one day, after we study maps and additional information about the park on the Internet.
Note to self: Take water and a walking stick on next hike!