nature trips

The Oil Creek Valley is the site of the worlds first commercial oil well. Oil Creek State Park tells the story of the early petroleum industry by interpreting oil boomtowns, oil wells and early transportation. Scenic Oil Creek carves a valley of deep hollows, steep hillsides and wetlands.

12 days ago

It took me about 6 hours to do this trail in the snow with poor weather conditions.

When you arrive in the parking lot with GPS walk under the blockade that prevents motorized vehicles from being on the path. Once your on that path you will come to a sign that points to the right that says Cow Run. Follow the sign until it comes to a T with a road. Go left until you come to the small cabins. To do the trail clockwise look between the restrooms and the woodpile lean to for the yellowish/orange markings on the trees.

It’s a *very* well marked trail once you find it and get on it. I had trouble finding the beginning of the trail near the restrooms and lean to.

There are some fun bridges along with beautiful scenery and a creek on this trail. I really enjoyed it.

2 months ago

Be wary, the Museum is closed on Mondays.

trail running
4 months ago

I don’t know where the description gets 36 miles but if you are looking for a full loop of the Girard hiking trail from trailhead to trailhead (starting at the Drake well museum trailhead) it’s about 26.5-27 miles with about 4600 feet of elevation gain/loss depending on what you use to track your hike/run. If you want a smaller loop you can do a five mile loop and there’s also a 12 mile loop option.

These are my favorite trails to run (I live 1 hour away) and you can’t beat the gorgeous views. Some parts of the trail are technical with roots and rocks but quite a bit of it is runnable. It is also very well marked so it’s difficult to get lost. I STRONGLY recommend that if you’re in the area and looking for a scenic run/hike/walk that you come here!

4 months ago

This is a great hike. There are some amazing vista along this trail along with a few waterfalls. You can backpack this trail but camping is only allowed at the shelters. The shelters are very nice structures that have built in fireplaces. There is wood available for a donation. I believe you can also tent camp at the shelters but please check with the park office. I believe reservations are required. I hiked this trail on 3 different days. There are cross connectors that will allow you to do smaller loops. One of the cool things about this trail is the history of Oil Creek. You can see a lot of the old equipment used during the oil boom.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Beautiful trails, peaceful camping. Definitely will be back!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

it Was really peaceful an I enjoyed it a lot gonna go back soon

Friday, January 15, 2016

This is the best trail in northwest PA. Be sure to check out the museum too.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Nice trail ! For the whole family.

Saturday, October 04, 2014

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.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

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.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

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.

mountain biking
Tuesday, July 09, 2013

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.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

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.

Sunday, June 02, 2013

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.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

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.

Monday, October 15, 2012

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.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

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.

trail running
Thursday, September 13, 2012

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.

Friday, August 24, 2012

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.

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