Overall the trail is a very beautiful hike with a fair amount of history to see. Bird activity was decent, saw a pair of eagles several times during the hike. Lots of animal sign. Trails are well marked. This is not a beginner's hike, should be in good shape to tackle it. Even with low water, the waterfalls were a nice view. Can also take a short train ride for a nominal fee if you are so inclined. We had some younger boy scouts with us, had an alternate plan to break off to level ground for those unable to complete the full hike.
Mike T. on Oil Creek Bike Trail
There are many trails to explore in this state park. All are very well-groomed and scenic. Terrain can be flat or steep, depending on your preference.
This trail starts at Drakes Well Museum in Titusville and travels along Oil Creek to Oil Creek State Park. This is actually about a 20 mile loop. 10 down and 10 back. Primary use would be running, biking or hiking. Trail is a little rough for rollerblading. Saw a huge rat snake sunning itself on the trail last time I was here.
Great trail that offers some great views. Completed this trail last December in 3 days (could easily be done in 2 days during the summer with lighter packs and longer days). Trails are well marked and the campsites are top notch. Be sure to call ahead to reserve one of the awesome adirondack shelters.
Very nice trail! We started at the Petroleum Center and walked the Gerard Trail to the Pioneer Trail, and then followed the bike trail back to the Petroleum center. It took about 3 hours to walk and it was a very nice hike. There were moments when it was tough, but it wasn't tough enough to not enjoy. Just right. I can't wait to do the whole trail overnight camping.
Took two of my grandchildern on their first overnight hike on this trail. Plan was to walk S from Drake's Well to Cow Run Shelters, but, the kid's and I only made it to Wolfkiel Shelters. We started on the E side of the creek, then decided to walk down the switchbacks to crossover the swinging bridge to the W side of Oil Creek. It was a great day/night for hiking and the kid's had a great time. Note: There are not a lot of water sources while hiking the tops of the hills, so, use your H2O carefully, unless you like walking down/up steep grades.
Hiked part of the Gerard Trail (started at Blood Farm and hiked up, through Wildcat Hollow and ended at the train station). Nice wooded scenery with spots overlooking Oil Creek. Nice to read park signs near the Park Rangers office detailing the areas oil history. Wanted to hike back along the south side of the river but could not find the trail because the Oil Creek 100 mile Trail Run was also taking place there.
Gerard hiking trail is a difficult hike but the the beauty and history make it worth the effort. We picked up a 6mile loop starting at petroleum center and basically had the entire woods to ourselves. Be ware of the maps! trails are color coded but maps do not reflect trail colors and are not to scale.
I have hiked portions of this trail multiple times. The entire trail is routed along the hills on either side of Oil Creek and has several cross trails making it easy to create smaller loops. The loop also has two camps complete with reservable lentos, water and firewood. Beautiful trail with great overlooks.
Gerard is actually a number of trails that loop over and around Oil Creek in Oil Creek State park. You can spend at least three days backpacking in the park and can camp at to sites with Adirondack cabins for a fee. Just call or check in at the park office before you hit the trail. Some of the hiking can be challenging with some climbing up rocks in getting up to the trail. The trail is mostly along the ridges and faily even. For road bikers or more moderate hikes, you can use the paved 10 mile bike trail.