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Recreation in Meadville, Pennsylvania


There are many recreational activities that the Meadville community enjoys from season to season. No visit to the area would be complete without stopping at either Conneaut Lake Park or Pymatuning Lake. Both areas offer boating, water skiing, fine dining, fishing and swimming. Conneaut Lake Park features various community functions, including:



November 24 thru December 17, 2006

Friday-Saturday: 4 PM - 9 PM, Sunday: 2 PM - 9 PM

Admission: $5.00 - Children under age 5 FREE


Starting November 24th, historic Conneaut Lake Park will host "Holiday in the Park," an event that has gained great popularity in the last three years.

Holiday in the Park will host up night entertainment, light displays, and visits with Santa for the young and old. The community will hold a bake sale at this time as well as sleigh rides for those who want to enjoy!


For more information on Holiday in the Park, go to the following website: http://www.conneautlakepark.com/html/holidayinthepark.html


Meadville is also home to The Largest Agricultural County Fair in Pennsylvania.


Please visit the Crawford County Fair website for further information: http://www.co.crawford.pa.us/County_Fair/county_fair_info.htm




Pennsylvania Rails-to-Trails

The conversion of former railroad corridors into public use trails is a Pennsylvania success story. Each year, millions of outdoor enthusiasts now enjoy a growing network of Rail-Trails.


Local Rail-Trail organizations teamed up with DCNR, and began to design, manage and construct local Rail-Trails for the community to enjoy. The Pennsylvania Rail-Trails are located anywhere from small villages to large urban areas! With the partnership of DCNR and the local Rail-Trail, Meadville is proud to say that they have one of the Rails-to-Trails for the Pennsylvania residents and their families.

Places to Eat and Socialize


From Restaurants to Cafe's...


Valenti's Restaurant


This fine Sicilian based cooking is one of Meadville's finest! From homemade pasta to steaks and seafood, this fine dining atmosphere is what brings in the community. The establishment is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Conveniently located off of I-79, Valenti's is on Route 6 in Meadville's shopping center.



Meadville Market House

910 Market Street

Meadville, PA 16335




The Market House is one of Meadville's simple pleasures. This area serves as a meeting place, and offers customers the oppurtunity to sell their goods. From baked goods to coins and crafts, the Market House is great for a little relaxation and good eating.



Cracker Barrel

11311 Pennsylvania Ave.

Meadville, PA 16335



With easy access to I-79, the Cracker Barrel features good country cooking and hearty breakfasts all day long.



Artist Cup Cafe

231 Chestnut St.

Meadville, PA 16335



This little cafe offers a relaxing atmosphere, great company, and good coffee in a small location. This is a great place to come and meet friends to talk and take in the aroma.



Conneaut Cellars Winery

12005 Conneaut Lake Road

Conneaut Lake, PA 16316



This establishment offers an array of award winning wines for all to taste and buy. The Conneaut Winery can be a nice meeting place for all to enjoy. Many stop in to have a taste or make a purchase on any given day. The gift shop also offers some nice items for family and friends.


There are many recreational opportunities to be enjoyed in and around Meadville. Whether you enjoy group or individual sports, indoor or outdoor activities, or spending the day shopping—Meadville has something for everyone.



Team and Individual Sports


If you enjoy watching energetic, competitive team and individual sports with the excitement of a university setting and background, the Gators teams at Allegheny College can be enjoyed.


Roberston Complex


Men’s/women’s rugby

Track and field events

Cross country events




Mellon Pool

Swimming and diving events




For more information about Gator Sports, visit the following website:

http://www.allegheny.edu/athletics or http://webpub.allegheny.edu/dept/wise/index.php?quickSearch=Facilities



If you would rather be taking part in the sport or activity the following offer many options:


Meadville YMCA

The Meadville Area Recreation Complex (MARC)

Putt It Miniature Golf

Hailwood Golf Course

Oakland Beach Golf Course

Whispering Pines Golf Course


For more information on the above listings, please visit: http://www.discoverourtown.com/PA/Meadville/Recreation-959.html




Hiking and Biking


There are an abundance of trails and naturally sculpted landscape for hikers and bikers to enjoy in and around the Meadville area.


map retrieved from www.visitcrawford.org


Find the following trails on the map attached:

A. Tamarack Trail

B. Spillway Trail

C. Visitors Center/Wildlife Museum Nature Trail

D. Erie Extension Canal Towpath Trail

E. Roche Park Trail

F. Ernst Bike Trail

G. Beers Park Trail

H. Smock River Walk/Trail

I. Woodcock Dam Trail

J. Multi-Use Trail

K. Bossard Nature Trail

L. Muddy Creek Holly Trail

M. Beaver Run Trail

N. Tsuga Trail

O. Deer Run Trail

P. Clear Lake Trail

Q. Oil Creek Bike Trail


Future Trail Planned

The French Creek Environmental Advisory Council (FCEAC) represents the City of Meadville, West Mead and Vernon Townships. They are currently heading the development of the 7-mile French Creek Greenway, which will connect the Ernst Trail, Smock River Walk, and a trail continuing to Tamarack Lake. The trail is being developed for the purposes of boosting recreation, ecotourism, use of alternate means of transportation, and protecting the water quality of French Creek.


For more information about trails in and around Meadville, visit the following website:




Winter Recreation


Many of the trails in and around Meadville are excellent for cross-country skiing.


The AvalancheXpress located in Meadville is Northwest Pennsylvania’s newest snow tubing park.


Ice skating can be enjoyed at the George S. DeArment Ice Arena.


Area Shopping


Chest Park Mini Mall

Meadville Mall

Various flea markets





The whole family can enjoy a day out at one of the parks in Meadville:


Cora Clark Park

Hudekoper Park

Shady Brook Park

Hillcrest Park




Golfing is another option for the enthusiast who enjoys just "putting around":


Hailwood Golf Course

Oakland Beach Golf Club

Whispering Pines Golf Course


Hunting and Fishing


The hunter and fisherman can enjoy the many acres of unspoiled State Game Lands, creeks, and streams. Hunting grounds contribute to the ample wildlife of the Erie region by sustaining over 5,000 acres of lands.


For more information, contact:


State Game Lands 214

211 Chestnut Street

Meadville, PA 16335


Fishing enthusiasts can enjoy the local streams or complete a short drive to Lake Erie. Visit the Fish Commission's website at:




Comments (2)

Anonymous said

at 2:28 pm on Nov 12, 2006

Your page set up was a good reference for someone looking to find things to do and places to eat, however, if I were looking for outdoor activites or maybe something a bit more specific, it might help to have a link or two to other sites that could provide a more indepth listing of activities.
Mary Esther Rodgers

Anonymous said

at 12:54 am on Nov 13, 2006

I think your page was done well. You had a lot of ground to cover and you did it thoroughly yet concisely. I want to visit Meadville and enjoy some of the activities you mention!
Marie Winter

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