Oil Creek State Park, Oil City

Oil Creek State Park is one of five state parks established through the efforts of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. The 7,300 acre tract of land preserves 12 miles of the winding gorge, which stretches south into Venango County from the Crawford County line, created approximately 10,000 years ago by the draining of an ice-dammed glacial lake. The discovery of oil in the valley on August 27, 1859 marked the birth of the world's oil industry. Throughout the park, expect to see cultural and natural resources. As the second growth forest health improves, it gives a physical reminder of nature’s ability to reclaim the landscape. Habitat is provided for wildlife including a large population of white-tailed deer, turkey, bear, ruffed grouse, squirrels and various winter birds.

GPS Address for the park office is 1080 Petroleum Centre Road, Oil City.
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  • The Oil Creek State Park is a perfect example of how we can benefit from the natural bounty an area has to offer and end up with a place of natural beauty as it was prior to nature providing us with i...  more »
  • Nice state park with hiking trails , paved bike/ walking trail, numerous picnic/ grilling areas and play grounds for kids. If your into backpacking check out the 36 mile Gerard hiking trail it has 2 o...  more »
  • We were told at the visitor center that Pioneer Falls could be accessed from the bike trail. However, it was difficult to find and we went right past it at first. No signs on the bike path! When you g...  more »
  • A friend and I went skiing here on the coldest day this winter (Jan 7th 2017-2018). The snow was great. And the blue trail that we did was really scenic. The warming hut was warm...and the park staff very helpful. Plenty of parking. It may be that I'm spoiled...having liven in Wisconsin. So, my expectation of what a groomed trail looks like may be different than what is typical in PA. But...these trails are "cleared" and packed down...as opposed to "groomed". Grooming in Wisconsin involves actually packing in cross-country ski tracks to follow. Granted...the snow was barely deep enough to try to do that. So...maybe that is what they do with a better base. That being said...I can't wait to go back and try some other trails.
  • This is a great place to take the family in the summer for bike rides and picnics! Its beautiful and there are lots of little areas with picnic tables and cute areas for the kids to swing and slide and more!
  • I must confess that despite living only 16 miles from the southern border of this park, I never spent much time here until about 3 years ago. I had the "if it's close to home, it can't be any good" mentality and always went to Cook Forest or Clear Creek for my "outdoor fix". Then I saw an article online titled "Ten Must See State Parks In Pennsylvania" and Oil Creek was on that list. I began to explore the place more in depth and by doing so, met up with some people whom I knew from my photography hobby. They introduced me to things like the backpacking shelters, the group camping area and the interpretive trails in Wildcat Hollow. Now I spend time at Oil Creek in every season. I find something new with every visit. My experience with the park staff has always been pleasurable. In closing I will say that I think I am not alone in my former manner of thinking about OCSP because I encounter so many people when I am at the park who travel INSANE distances just to visit. Then, I will strike up a conversation with people who live locally who have never set foot within the park's boundaries. You owe it to yourself to visit Oil Creek State Park. The newspaper and magazine articles are right...... this IS one of the ten "must see" parks in Pennsylvania.
  • Has some good history.slow ride on a train turn around and go back same way though.wish it had been a steamer.
  • Came here on a backcountry hiking trip, was hot but we enjoyed our trip!

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