In the northwest corner of Pennsylvania, Crawford County is rich in gorgeous natural beauty, outdoor adventures, and foodie favorites. Explore local flavors—from craft beer to locally made wine—as well as water adventures on spectacular lakes, with these two trails:
Wine, Ale & Spirit Trail
Conneaut Cellars Winery & Distillery in Conneaut Lake produces not only wine but also small-batch brandy, vodka, and four-grain bourbon. At Davenport Fruit Farm Cidery and Winery in Meadville, sample wines in the cider house, as well as ciders made with apples from the farm’s 1,300-tree orchard. Lago Winery, located in a historic barn on a 200-acre estate near Pymatuning Lake, serves red, white, and sweet wines. End your tour at Wilhelm Winery in Hadley, and sample wines ranging from sweet and fruity to dry and oaked in the tasting room housed in a historic barn.
Beer aficionados will find plenty of breweries in Crawford County. Sprague Farm & Brew Works in Venango is an estate farm brewery that grows its own barley and hops on the farm adjacent to its rustic “bierhalle.” Located on a 100-acre farm on the edge of Pymatuning State Park, Mortals Key Brewing Company in Jamestown is the perfect pit-stop after outdoor adventures to enjoy a pint. At TimberCreek Tap & Table in Meadville, order a fire roasted pizza, and pair it with local craft beer. Robust flavors reign supreme at Voodoo Brewery in Meadville, where a rotating tap list could include the likes of Voodoo Love Child (Gran Met aged on passion fruit, cherries and raspberries), while at Orr’s Brewing Company in Titusville, the creamy Crude Oil Stout nods to the area’s industrial heritage. In June 2019, don’t miss the grand opening of Riverside Brewing Company on French Creek in Cambridge Springs.
Watch the Wine, Ale & Spirit Trail video for more information.
8 Lakes Water Trail
For sunny days on the water, Crawford County offers plenty of things to do across its natural and man-made lakes. Take the whole family to Pymatuning Lake, the largest man-made lake in Pennsylvania, for fishing, boating, and lakefront lodging. Canadohta Lake is ideal for swimming; check out their huge water slide. Launch your boat at Sugar Lake to try your luck at fishing, or head over to Tamarack Lake to drop in a line from one of the reservoir’s two dams. At Woodcock Lake, pitch a tent at the waterfront campground, and enjoy a weekend of hiking, swimming, and boating.
For those staying in a vacation rental at the private, spring-fed Crystal Lake, enjoy kayaking and fishing. Birders will love walking on the trails at Erie National Wildlife Refuge. Clear Lake has wooded areas and wetlands are home to birds of all kinds. Conneaut Lake, the largest natural lake in PA, holds two state fishing records and is great for swimming, waterskiing, and enjoying waterfront restaurants, marinas, and a hotel. Conneaut Lake Park, located on Conneaut Lake, is a historic amusement park.
Watch the Summer Lake Tour video for more information.
Get even more ideas for your next vacation with the Crawford County visitor guide.