Asbury Woods Nature Center/Asbury Park has over 200 acres of diverse habitats and 4.5 miles of walking trails. The Nature Center’s “green” building features include, live animal exhibits, hands-on displays, gift shop, a vegetative roof, educational programs, events, and festivals. The park has recreational opportunities including hiking and picnicking.
Trail Head: Asbury Woods Nature Center, 4105 Asbury Road, Erie
Trail Hours: Open year round from dawn to dusk
Amenities: Restrooms available at each end of the Greenway Trail at Brown’s Farm, Asbury Barn and Asbury Woods Nature Center. Main picnic facilities, playground, and other recreational facilities such as tennis courts, and softball field are at Asbury Park, near Asbury Barn.
Parking: Parking is available at Asbury Woods Nature Center, Asbury Barn and Brown’s Farm.
Is Trail Handicap Accessible?: The main trails, including the Greenway Trail, are natural surface or covered with bark chips. The barrier-free boardwalk trail near the Asbury Woods Nature Center is easily accessible to wheelchairs, strollers, walkers. The railing makes it easy for those vision-impaired. Contact the Nature Center for information on the many trail options at Asbury Woods.
Trail Length: 2.2 miles (one way), follow the white blazes on the trees
Trail Difficulty: The trails at Asbury Woods Nature Center/Park, including most of the Greenway Trail, are easy to moderate. The Greenway Trail from
Brown’s Farm to Walnut Creek is moderate to difficult.
Contact for Trail: Asbury Woods Nature Center (T: 814.835.5356)
1. Asbury Woods Nature Center: In 1920 Dr. Otto Behrend, cofounder of the former Hammermill Paper Company in Erie, purchased a tract of land that was made up of some of the original farms in Millcreek owned by the Nicholson and Von Buseck families. He kept the land as a working farm and built a cottage as a retreat. Upon his death in 1957, he willed the land to the Millcreek Township School District. A portion of the property became Asbury Woods Nature Center. The Nature Center building offers zoo quality native live animal exhibits, hands-on displays, art gallery, gift shop, and over 200 public educational programs, events and seasonal festivals.
2. Monahan Deck: The deck overlooks an “Oxbow lake,” and was constructed in honor of the mother of Grammy winning singer, Pat Monahan. Oxbow lake was formed when a section of Walnut Creek was cut off and got redirected, trapping the water from the section that was cut off.
3. Brown’s Farm: The last working farm in Millcreek, Brown’s Farm, was purchased by the Millcreek Township School District in the 1980’s.