Oil Creek State Park

Titusville, Pennsylvania

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This hike makes a loop around the Drake Well Museum and oil field, site of the first commercial oil well in the world. It begins with a strenuous uphill climb for a view of the majestic Oil Creek Gorge, followed by a descent into the valley wetlands, where it passes over the tracks of an excursion railroad. The trail then crosses Oil Creek on a cable bridge—also called a swinging bridge because of the way it sways in the breeze. Along the trail you can stop and inspect oil field ruins and the relics that remain frozen in time.
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Hiking Pennsylvania

by John L. Young (Falcon Guides)

This hike makes a loop around the Drake Well Museum and oil field, site of the first commercial oil well in the world. It begins with a strenuous uphill climb for a view of the majestic Oil Creek Gorge, followed by a descent into the valley wetlands, where it passes over the tracks of an excursion railroad.

The trail then crosses Oil Creek on a cable bridge—also called a swinging bridge because of the way it sways in the breeze. Along the trail you can stop and inspect oil field ruins and the relics that remain frozen in time.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Titusville
Distance: 5.9
Elevation Gain: 1,042 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2.5 to 3 hours
Season: Spring, summer, fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Oil Creek State Park, 305 State Park Rd., Oil City 16301; (814) 676-5915; www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/oilcreek/index.htm
Local Maps: USGS Titusville South, PA
Driving Directions: Directions to Oil Creek State Park

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