The Tsuga Trail at the Erie National Wildlife Headquarters is a 1.2 to 1.6 mile two loop trail that winds through a variety of natural habitats. The 1.2 mile loop has numbered signs designating stops which are explained in an interpretative leaflet available at the trail head. The additional .4 mile segment of the 1.6 mile loop passes through hardwood forests behind the headquarters and offers a couple of exhilarating downhill runs for the cross-country skier.
The trail is raised above the surrounding ground and is surfaced with wood chips forcomfortable, dry walking year round. Bridges carry the trail user over small streams and a beaver pond. The shorter loop is gently sloping and presents no demanding hills to climb.
As with the rest of the Erie National Wildlife Refuge, the Tsuga Trail area has a variety of rich natural habitats. Along this trail you will pass through meadows of upland grasses, wetlands with waterfowl and amphibians, mixed forests and cool, dark hemlock thickets. Naturally, wildlife is abundant.In winter, this is a popular place to cross-country ski or snowshoe.The trail can be skied in either direction, but beginning at the parking lot and bearing south (downhill) will result in a nice downhill concluding run when the full trail is used.
The trail is not mechanically groomed but usually has a skier set track when conditions are good and there is adequate traffic.
Download the trail map (pdf)
Located at Refuge Headquarters, 0.8 miles east of Guys Mills, PA (on right)