Oil Creek Trail

Oil Creek State Park, Pennsylvania

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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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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.
Activity Type: Fishing, Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Road Biking
Nearby City: Oil Creek State Park
Distance: 9.0
Elevation Loss: 1,114 feet
Elevation Gain: 1,114 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 1,078 feet
Top Elevation: 1,273 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Driving Directions: Directions to Oil Creek Trail
Parks: Drake Well State Park
Elevation Min/Max: 1069/1273 ft
Elevation Start/End: 1078/1078 ft

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."

"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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May 2018