Oil Creek State Park

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Oil Creek State Park

Pennsylvania

(814) 676-5915

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Overview

The Oil Creek Valley is the site of the world's first commercial oil well. Oil Creek State Park tells the story of the early petroleum industry by interpreting oil boomtowns, oil wells and early transportation. The primary purpose of Oil Creek State Park is to tell the story of the changing landscape. The early petroleum industry's oil boom towns and important oil well sites are in contrast with clean trout streams and forested hillsides seen today throughout the park. The events of the exciting 1860s, the time of the original oil boom, receive special emphasis. Scenic Oil Creek carves a valley of deep hollows, steep hillsides and wetlands. The park offers a wide variety of environmental education and interpretive programs. Through hands-on activities, guided walks and evening programs, participants gain appreciation, understanding and develop a sense of stewardship toward natural and cultural resources. The 52 miles of trail extends to self-guided and interpretive trails that provide visitors with history as well as introduce scenic vistas.

Map of Oil Creek (PA)

Latitude, Longitude: 41.523967, -79.663742

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Activities

  • Boating

    Oil Creek offers a scenic float and is classed as a beginner's creek under normal conditions. Water levels can change rapidly and canoeists should call the park office for current water conditions. Generally, the canoeing season is from March to June.

  • Bicycling

    A 9.7-mile paved bicycle trail through scenic Oil Creek Gorge is a major park attraction. Trailheads are at Petroleum Centre in the south and Drake Well Museum in the north. Trail users may rent bicycles at the park office.

  • Fishing

    Oil Creek is known for its bass and trout. Boughton Run, Toy Run and Jones Run provide brook trout fishing. Two delayed harvest-artificial lure only areas cover 2.5 miles of Oil Creek.

  • Hiking

    The hiking and interpretive trails lead visitors through areas rich in historic and scenic interest for 52 miles. The main Gerard Hiking Trail is a 36-mile long trail that encompasses the entire park. The main trail is marked with yellow paint blazes. For shorter day hikes, use the five connecting loops blazed in white. Parking areas are available at several access points. Scenic vistas, waterfalls and historic sites are prevalent along the trail.

  • Historic Sites

    Displays and programs are at Petroleum Centre, the focal point of the early oil boom. "A Contrast in Time" slideshow takes you on a six-minute journey through time. The din of pumping wells and shouting men in the 1860s contrasts with the rustling leaves in a gentle breeze in present day Oil Creek.

  • Hunting

    About 6,250 acres are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are rabbit, deer, squirrel, turkey and ruffed grouse.

  • Picnicking

    Blood Farm Day Use Area and Egbert Farm Day Use Area are on the southern side of the park and are ideal settings for an enjoyable outing. The day use areas have picnic tables, charcoal grills, drinking fountains, restrooms, playfields, and picnic pavilions that may be reserved up to 11 months in advance for a fee.

  • Water Sports

    Please contact the park for information about water sports.

  • Winter Sports

    A complex of ski trails is between Petroleum Centre and Plumer. Ten miles of trails offer beginner and intermediate skiers a variety of skiing experiences. The area includes a large parking area, warming hut and restrooms. Track is set on all trails.

Directions

Driving

Between Drake Well Museum and Titusville to the north, and Oil City four miles to the south, the main entrance to the park is off of PA 8, one mile north of the Borough of Rouseville.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(814) 676-5915

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