Wintergreen Gorge

Park Name: Wintergreen Gorge

ADA Accessible: The Cooper Road Trail has a 1/2 mile ADA accessible trail.   There are 2 ADA parking spaces in the lot off  of Cooper Road.

What To See: Four Mile Creek, Gorge overlook, Penn State Behrend students engaged in 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

Wintergreen Gorge (1.2 miles)


Penn State Behrend has completed phase 1 of their renovation plan for Wintergreen Gorge. The $690,000 project will improve visitor access to the gorge and will help to protect wildlife. First-phase construction included stabilizing and improving an 850-foot trail that begins at Cooper Road. The installation of boardwalks  over  the protected wetland areas along the trail. Trail surfacing with contracted aggregate that is more permeable than asphalt but firm enough for wheelchairs and strollers. The parking area at Cooper Road was closed during construction but is now open. The parking area was expanded to 17 spaces, including two spaces that are ADA-accessible. Please do not park on Cooper Road.

Visitors can also access the  trailheads from either the Prischak Educational Building or the Ohio Hall parking lots.
A campus map is available at

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.