Oil Creek Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Venango County, Pennsylvania. It is within Drake Well State Park and Oil Creek State Park. It is 9.0 miles long and begins at 1,078 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 17.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,114 feet.
Oil Creek Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"There was a time when Oil Creek was just thata stream that often held as much crude oil as water. The worlds first oil well was drilled nearby, and the resulting mad rush to harvest that newfound source of wealth decimated the stream in many ways. Fortunately the creek has come back to life. Its again home to everything from fish to otters to eagles and offers great scenery, all with a few touches of the oil boom mixed in."
--Bob Frye, Paddling Pennsylvania (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."
--John L. Young, Hiking Pennsylvania (Falcon Guides).
"The Titusville area offers two very different cycling opportunities. The ramble takes cyclists along the Oil Creek Bicycle Trail for a relaxing out-and-back ride to the Drake Well Museum. Visit the full-scale replica of the Drake Well and learn how this valley “changed the world” in 1859. For the energetic, the challenge route climbs out of the Oil Creek gorge and visits Pithole City, one of America’s largest oil boomtowns, whose fame lasted all of two years. More climbing brings the cyclist to Pleasantville, where several inviting restaurants await. After a long, gradual descent into Titusville, pick up the paved Oil Creek Bicycle Trail at the Drake Museum site and be rewarded with a relaxing ride all the way back to Petroleum Center."
--Jim Homerosky, Road Biking Western Pennsylvania (Falcon Guides).
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