Park Name: Wintergreen Gorge
ADA Accessible: Trail will be accessible after upcoming renovations that will include the addition of aggregate rock material and the construction of boardwalks oan trail surface
What To See: Four Mile Creek, Gorge overlook, Penn State Behrend engage scholarship activities, wildlife
Address: 3399 Cooper Rd between Station and Shannon in Harborcreek Township
Location: On Cooper Rd between Station Rd.and Shannon Rd. in Harborcreek Township
What To Do: hiking, bicycling, dog walking
Description Of Terrain: Natural
- Located off of Cooper Road between Station and Shannon Roads in Harborcreek Township
- Maintained by Penn State Behrend in partnership with Harborcreek Township
- Currently some parking on Cooper Road, additional Parking being added in 2018
Wintergreen Gorge Trail: 1.2 miles long currently compact dirt and natural surfaces.
Trail Users: Walkers, hikers, bicyclists, Penn State Behrend engage scholarship learning opportunities
Planned improvements: add aggregate rock material and Boardwalks to trail surface creating ADA accessibility following the improvements.
Trail features: View of Four Mile Creek and Gorge Overlook
Number Of Trails: 1
Penn State Behrend is beginning work to improve a main trail into Wintergreen Gorge. The $690,000 project will improve visitor access to the gorge and will help to protect wildlife. First-phase construction will include stabilizing and improving an 850-foot trail that begins at Cooper Road. Boardwalk will be placed over protected wetland areas along the trail. The trail will be surfaced with contracted aggregate that is more permeable than asphalt but firm enough for wheelchairs and strollers. The parking area at Cooper Road will be closed during construction but also will be improved. The parking area will be expanded to 17 spaces, including two spaces that are ADA-accessible.
First-phase construction is expected to be completed by September. In the meantime, visitors will be able to access trailheads from the Prischak and Ohio hall parking lots.
A campus map is available at https://behrend.psu.edu/map.
Later phases of the project will focus on stabilizing and improving a 2,300-foot loop trail along Four Mile Creek.
Funding for the work is from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, the Erie County Planning Department and Penn State.