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.

trail running
1 day 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!

hiking
22 days 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.

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Beautiful trails, peaceful camping. Definitely will be back!

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Saturday, June 04, 2016

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

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

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

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Sunday, January 31, 2016

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Friday, January 15, 2016

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

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Sunday, September 13, 2015

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

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Friday, May 29, 2015

Monday, April 20, 2015

hiking
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Nice trail ! For the whole family.

hiking
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.