The Pennsylvania Seaway Trail is a part of the much larger 518-mile Great Lakes Seaway Trail, which was formerly and more popularly called the ‘Seaway Trail.’ The Great Lakes Seaway Trail is a National Scenic Byway located along Lake Erie, with a small section located in Pennsylvania, and most of it in New York. Both the larger Seaway Trail, and more specifically the Pennsylvania Seaway Trail section, begin at the Ohio state line in Erie County, Pennsylvania, and travel past Erie Bluffs State Park, Water World, Waldameer Park, city of Erie, Presque Isle State Park, the Erie Maritime Museum, and the North East winery region. The trail is dog-friendly, meaning that you can bring your pooch to hike the trail as long as you keep them leashed.
The Pennsylvania Seaway Trail section runs point-to-point from the trailhead exactly at the Ohio-Pennsylvania Border along U.S. Route 20 (Highway 20/ W. Ridge Rd.). The trail parallels this road for approximately one-and-a-half miles before switching to PA 5, then running all the way to the Pennsylvania-New York border for a total of 46.6 miles.
The trail crosses unique and pawtacular habitats, amidst unfurgettable scenic views. If you start at the trailhead, you are better off driving since this is a rural area with not much around apart from an automated fueling station about a tenth of a mile from the trailhead. Continuing further along the trail, you will probably also enjoy your time more with your pooch as you drive along the road on a scenic drive.
This all-year-round accessible trail is principally used for historical and nature learning trips, scenic driving, and birding. The trail also features forest, beach, and lake views, including treasured sightings of wildflowers and rare, threatened, and endangered wildlife species.
Whether you decide to bring your pooch on a scenic drive, or choose to hike through a part of the trail, you are bound to enjoy your time with your pooch either way. With history and pawsome outdoor adventure, the Pennsylvania Seaway Trail a worthwhile endeavor for you and your pooch.
The trailhead starts off in a rural and remote area, so if you decide to hike/drive from this point, just make sure that you have enough food and water for you and your pooch.