Outdoor and nature adventures
Are you a hiker, backpacker, biker, camping enthusiast, nature photographer, watersport lover or all of the above?
Then you know what we mean. There is no shortage of opportunities to explore and reconnect with nature in Crawford County. Whether you want to unwind on a peaceful walk, or get your heart rate up with a more challenging activity, we have options. Crawford County boasts nearly 25,000 acres of park land, 17,000 acres of boatable waters and 46 miles of trails to explore during any season.
Check out our blogs and guides below to plan your trek and learn more about both the well-loved trails and hidden gems to discover.
Plan your trip
With 8 public lakes, paddleboarding, sailing and kayaking opportunities are all around.
Conneaut Lake, the largest natural lake in Pennsylvania, is great for a peaceful sailing or boating excursion without the bustle of Lake Erie. If you’re paddleboarding or kayaking on French Creek, keep your eyes peeled — you just might see a bald eagle. On a warm day, there’s nothing like a dip in the Woodcock Reservoir or Canadohta Lake. While you’re checking out Pennsylvania’s largest man-made body of water, Pymatuning Lake, don’t forget to take a stroll on the Linesville Spillway — where the ducks walk on fish!
Choose your challenge level on our hiking and walking trails! Pymatuning State Park is a hiking hub, with 7 trails of all types to choose from. Trolley Line Trail in Cambridge Springs is a primitive trail with a hiking feel for more experienced outdoorsmen. If a low-challenge walk or brisk bike ride is more your speed, Ernst Trail’s five mile paved trail is a great choice. The Spillway Trail within Pymatuning State Park, Woodcock Dam in Saegertown or East Branch Trail in Spartansburg are all perfect options for sunset views over water. No matter which trail you choose, you’ll find yourself immersed in Crawford County’s lively flora and fauna.
After a long day of play, check out our map to find the perfect spot to set up camp.
Crawford County has options for open air and tent campers, spots for vans and RVs for those on the go, and cabins if you’re interested in a “glamping” experience. Maybe you’ll even want to try more than one as you make your way across all the natural wonders our county has to offer.