Oil Creek Bike Trail is a 18.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Titusville, PA that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
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A rugged loop on the Northern section of the Gerard Trail (11 miles) Hard to imagine but a little over a centuryago these hills were a desolate, oil-coated wasteland. Nature has reclaimed Oil Creek and it now has thickly wooded hillsides, cascading streams and all the wildlife one would expect. The Gerard Trail (follow the yellow blazes) covers a 36 mile circut of Oil Creek State Park. This review covers an 11 mile loop from the Drake Well to the Miller Farm and back. One could cut the loop in half by taking the white-blazed connector trail to Boughton Falls. There are plenty of switchbacks and climbs and when the weather is wet the trail can become quite mucky in places. Should the hills become too much you could take to the paved bike path that runs the length of the park but, in all honesty, walking the asphault can be equally tough on legs and feet that have already been working the hills. I have only covered a third of the Girard Trail and fully intend to come back again and survey the entire circut.
Beautiful trails, peaceful camping. Definitely will be back!
it Was really peaceful an I enjoyed it a lot gonna go back soon
This is the best trail in northwest PA. Be sure to check out the museum too.
Nice trail ! For the whole family.
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.
Amazing trail! This trail is by far one of my favorites! It is located in a history rich area with plenty of activities for all ages. Beautifully maintained trail with amazing campsites at Cow Run and Wolfkeil.
trail is well kept and neat. the views on the trail are worth hiking the whole trail and not parts if you do you miss photo spots.
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.
There are actually many trails within Oil Creek State Park that can be used for Biking, Hiking and Backpacking. There is also a paved trail that also can be biked, skated, etc. You can spend a few hours or a few days.
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.