Erie’s Eden: The Wildlife Wonders of Asbury Woods

Asbury Woods Nature Preserve invites nature lovers and adventurers alike to explore its rich biodiversity. Five miles of trails wind through the 230-acre preserve, guiding visitors across rolling hills, dense forests, and serene streams. Each path offers a unique glimpse into the diverse habitats that thrive within.

The combination of different ecosystems within Asbury Woods makes it a haven for biodiversity, offering ample opportunities for wildlife observation and photography.

Not far away is another regional gem: Erie Bluffs State Park!

Birdwatchers flock to Asbury Woods, binoculars in hand, eager to spot some of the numerous bird species that call the preserve home. Birdwatchers delight in the variety of avian species that inhabit or pass through Asbury Woods. Songbirds, including warblers, thrushes, and finches, fill the air with their melodies, especially during the migration seasons in spring and fall. Woodpeckers can be heard tapping on tree trunks, and raptors such as hawks and occasionally eagles may be seen soaring overhead or perched in tall trees. Waterfowl and wading birds also visit the preserve’s wetlands, adding to the diversity of bird life.

Among the animals, white-tailed deer are a common sight, gracefully moving through the forest and meadows. Small mammals such as squirrels, chipmunks, and rabbits frequently dart in and out of sight along the trails, while raccoons and foxes are more elusive but still present within the preserve. The wetlands and streams offer a habitat for amphibians like frogs and salamanders, as well as for turtles and various species of fish.

What to Expect at Asbury Woods Nature Preserve

At the heart of Asbury Woods is the Nature Center. The center orchestrates a variety of educational programs, workshops, and events aimed at fostering a deep appreciation for the natural world. From young children to adults, the programs cater to all, emphasizing hands-on learning and environmental stewardship.

Meanwhile, hikers and joggers take advantage of the well-maintained trails, finding solace in the tranquil surroundings.

The preserve also plays a crucial role in conservation efforts. By maintaining a healthy and diverse ecosystem, Asbury Woods contributes to the well-being of local wildlife, offering a sanctuary for animals and plants alike. This commitment to conservation ensures that the preserve remains a thriving natural oasis for future generations. Whether you’re seeking a peaceful retreat into nature or an opportunity to learn about the environment, Asbury Woods offers an enriching experience for everyone who walks its paths.

Know Before You Go

Plan your visit with this Asbury Woods Nature Preserve trail map.

Getting there: 4105 Asbury Rd, Erie, PA
Hours: April 1 – October 31 Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday noon – 5 p.m.; November 1  – March 31 Monday  – Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sunday noon – 4 p.m.
Website: Asbury Woods Nature Preserve

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