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Oil Creek State Park, Oil City

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.6/5 based on 15+ reviews on the web
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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  • Traveled to the park for an overnight stay. Bicycled the 9 mile paved path from the park office to the museum. The rangers were friendly and helpful. The museum was enjoyable but a little pricey at $1...  read more »
  • Oil Creek park is so beautiful. Perfect place for a hike, bike ride or family picnic. The park also offers free events like moon light walks, paint in the park, and nature lectures. 
  • It was an intriguing experience to visit all of Oil Creek State Park. I had no idea about the oil pollution it created. Starting from the 1860s, after finding oil in Pennsylvania, many came here to fi...  read more »
  • The bike trail is real nice. Flat stretches and some hills. Follows the river and is quite shaded in spots. Be prepared for bugs. History along the way as well.
  • I loved exploring this park! I can't wait to take my bike or kayak back to explore some more!
  • Great Trails. Cow Run shelters were nice. Firewood was available.
  • Its very very very good biking ride .. About 10/12 miles one way trail .. we always do at least 20 miles biking. Able to see snake and bald eagle. Loved it.
  • On July 3 all rest rooms at Oil Creek State Park were closed, all trash containers were locked and most of the picnic area at the Titusville end of the bike path was barriered. This is a lovely park with dedicated employees. Why lock it up on July 3?
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