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Paean to Petroleum Ramble Professional Review and Guide
"Oil Creek State Park commemorates the booming oil industry that once filled the Oil Creek Valley. The Oil Creek Bike Trail, a 9.7-mile paved trail in Venango County that is very popular with families of cyclists of all ages, is built on an abandoned railroad bed with a slight uphill grade going toward Titusville. After beginning at the site of Petroleum Center, an oil-boom town of the late nineteenth century, the trail winds its way north through the scenic Oil Creek river valley to the Drake Well Museum at Titusville, the site of the world's first commercial oil well. Terrain: flat, no traffic."
--Trudy E. Bell, Best Bike Rides in New York, New Jersey, & Pennsylvania (The Globe Pequot Press).
I have been on this trail one time, and I'll never forget it. This trail is full of history, and is very easy to ride. It is nicely paved and maintained, especially between the months of Late April to September. Don't be surprised at all if you find a few deer on the trail. Because of the close proximity to Oil creek, in the mid spring you will find the Red Eft newts walking across the trail, a beautiful creature. When biking with my friend Bruce, we both came within about 75 feet of what appeared to be a lynx or small bobcat. This trail winds parallel to the historic Oil Creek watershed. I put in at Oil City and went to historic Petroleum. About 9.5 miles one way. Once a booming Oil town of approximately 5,000 people in the mid 1800's, you'll be able to see the foundations of the now ruined hotel foundation in Petroleum. Information signs show where everything was. Some people don't know, but there is an old cemetary just off the bike trail near Petroleum, by where the old hotel was. Ask the Petroleum Park desk where to find the old cemetary, very helpful and informative people. This was a very fun trip. I would highly recommend it for a day away from the daily routine or for a fun family cruise.
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