Oil Creek Trail

Oil Creek State Park, Pennsylvania

Elevation Gain1,114ft
Trailhead Elevation1,078ft
Elevation Min/Max1069/1273ft
Elevation Start/End1078/1078ft

Oil Creek Trail

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.

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Paddling Pennsylvania (Falcon Guides)
Bob Frye
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"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." Read more
"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." Read more
Road Biking Western Pennsylvania (Falcon Guides)
Jim Homerosky
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"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." Read more

Oil Creek Trail Reviews

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My wife and I road the easier version that does not include the climbs. It is a very nice peaceful ride along Oil creek and through the forest. Lots of history and peaceful resting areas if you are so inclined. The trail continues past Drakes Well and to town if you are looking to extend the ride a bit. Also caught a couple trout after we finished riding. Great day! Next time we are hitting the hills!

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Trail Information

Oil Creek State Park
Nearby City
Drake Well State Park
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 Contacts
USGS Titusville South, PA
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