Plan Your Visit

Observation deck

Know Before You Go

  • Since hunting is permitted on nature trails, all visitors should wear blaze orange during hunting season (September 1 – the end of February) 
  • Bring your own insect repellent, drinking water and sunscreen as needed. 
  • Restrooms are located at the refuge office and Deer Run Trail. 

Points of Interest

  • The Visitor Contact Station is located within the headquarters building at 11296 Wood Duck Lane, Guys Mills, PA 16327. Call 814-789-3585 for hours. For educators and families, “Discovery Kits” and “Discovery Packs” can be checked out for use during your visit. 
  • The refuge has five nature trails: Beaver Run Trail, Deer Run Trail, Tsuga Trail, Muddy Creek Holly Trail and Trolley Line Trail
  • Facilities are open daily, 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset, unless otherwise posted. 
  • The refuge is also open for hunting and fishing, with appropriate licenses and permits. 

Directions and Contact Info

  • Refuge Headquarters is located off Route 198E at 11296 Wood Duck Lane, Guys Mills, PA 16327-- 3/4 mile east of Guys Mills and 10 miles east of Meadville. Phone number is 814-789-3585. Refuge Headquarters is generally open from 8:00am – 4:30pm, Monday through Friday. Due to limited staffing, the office is sometimes closed during regular hours. Outdoor facilities are open from ½ hour before sunrise to sunset. 
  • Erie Refuge consists of two separate land divisions. Sugar Lake Division lies 10 miles east of Meadville on the outskirts of Guys Mills village. The Seneca Division is about 10 miles north of Sugar Lake Division or four miles southeast of Cambridge Springs, PA. 
  • There is no entrance fee to visit Erie National Wildlife Refuge.