Pleasant Ridge Park Trail
Settlement began in Fairview before the county was organized. The soil was lush for farming, the lake was filled with fish, and streams gushed toward the lake with a force that operated early mills. Today, land use has changed primarily from farming to residential subdivisions. Areas have been developed for boating, walking trails, golf, sports fields and more.
Trail Name: Pleasant Ridge Park Trail
Trail Head: 8271 Barker Road, located on the south side of Route 20 off of Dobler Road. Trail head is located southwest of the park pavilion.
Hours: Open year round from dawn to dusk
Amenities: Public Restrooms, Playground
Parking: Parking Available
Is Trail Handicap Accessible: The trail is a natural surface.
Trail Length: 1.5 miles
Contact: Fairview Township Parks & Recreation Authority (T: 814.474.5077)
Bikes and pets are permitted.
While in Fairview be sure to visit:
Sturgeon House: Located at 4302 Avonia Road. The house was built around 1838 and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1980. It is operated as a museum by the Fairview Area Historical Society. Admission is free. For current hours, visit the Society’s website www.fairviewhistoryeriecountypa.org.
Avonia Beach Park: Avonia Beach is 3.6 acres located on the shores of beautiful Lake Erie at the place where Trout Run, a high-quality trout stream, empties into the lake. The beach attracts many fishermen and is a popular destination for viewing steelhead trout or some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. (Located at the foot of Avonia Road.)
Struchen Flats Park: The Flats are a “secluded beauty” located on Platz/Elk Valley Road. It consists of 17 wooded acres carved along the shores of Elk Creek. It contains no specific recreational activities other than hunting, fishing and enjoyment for nature lovers.
Old Almshouse Cemetery: Located on Blair Road off Route 20. Parking is available. A paved walkway leads visitors through a bower of trees to a brick wall etched with names of people who died alone and destitute. Seating is available for quiet contemplation. About every two years Erie County collects ashes of deceased and unclaimed people and holds a ceremony there to honor their memory. Ashes are sprinkled among the trees and greenery.