A short drive south of Erie in the tranquil rural countryside of central Crawford County you will find some of the area’s best snowshoeing at the Bossard Nature Area.
The Bossard Nature Trail is designated as a National Recreation Trail by the U.S. Department of Interior. Following the trail you will travel through several different habitats, including a beautiful forest of hemlock. Wildlife in the area includes Whitetail Deer, Black Bear, and a variety of small mammals and birds.
The trail head is located at the north end of the parking area. The trail travels north along the western ridge above Woodcock Creek before descending into the gorge. Once in the gorge, the trail follows the creek south. Before reaching the river crossing you will observe several small waterfalls. After crossing the creek you will ascend the trail up to the east ridge of the gorge. Following the ridge line trail north you will find two observation blinds, which serve as a great place for nature viewing and photography. Further north the trail descends back into the gorge to another river crossing. After the river crossing you ascend the same trail you initially descended into the gorge on and return to the parking area.