Oil Creek State Park
The scenic 9.7 mile asphalt trail is built on a historic railroad grade which
runs parallel to Oil Creek through wooded park land. The trail is suitable for
users of every level of conditioning. Creek vistas, restrooms, and picnic areas
are strategically located along the trail.
A visitor center, bicycle rental, picnic area, playground, and restrooms are
located at Petroleum Center. The Drake Well Museum has a souvenir shop,
restrooms, and picnic areas. Food and lodging are available in the nearby towns
of Titusville and Oil City
This trail offers a special combination of natural beauty and historical
significance. The trail follows the path of development of the oil industry in
the 1860ís. The story is told by the museum, a replica of the first oil well
(Drake Well), walking tours and programs, relics of the early industry, and
interpretive signs along the trail.
Other park features include: The Oil Creek and Titusville Excursion Railroad
(octrr.clarion.edu); 15 miles of cross
country ski trails; canoeing on Oil Creek (no rental); 36 miles of marked hiking
trails with overnight camping shelters; and outstanding fly fishing.
Trailheads and parking are at the Drake Well Museum near Titusville and the park
office location in Petroleum Center near Oil City. Both have access roads that
connect to PA Route 8. The museum entrance, off Route 8, is on the southern
edge of Titusville at E. Bloss Street near the Jersey Bridge. Or follow the
access road 3 miles to Petroleum Center. The trail was extended into downtown
Titusville in 2003. It ends at the intersection with Route 8 behind McDonalds.
The trail is difficult to find at this end, but it runs between the new
Titusville Middle School and Oil Creek and then behind the Recreational