Oil Creek Bike Trail is a 18.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Rouseville, Pennsylvania 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.

Length18.7 miElevation gain872 ftRoute typeOut & back
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This trail is an old narrow gage rail road that was converted to a bike trail that travels along the creek. Unfortunately, here are no waterfalls along the bike trail. but, it still packs some beautiful views along the route. The bike trail is between Petroleum Centre and Titusville's Drake Well (Jersey Lot). You can also access the bike trail from Miller Farm Bridge. This can be fairly heavily trafficked especially near the two trail heads and the center where the trail is accessed.

Oil Creek State Park 814-676-5915

The Northern terminus of the Gerard Trail is at the Drake Oil Well, turning East off of Route 8 in Titusville onto Bloss St. If traveling North on Rt. 8, this is the first light just as you enter Titusville. The parking lot is just before the bridge.One trailhead is just to the East side of the bridge and across the railroad tracks. (the profile assumes this is the start) The other is near the bank of Oil Creek, just downstream from the parking lot.

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Casey R
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Road bikingGreat!

This trail is wonderful! A lot of beautiful views of the river with some sections going through the woods which offers a nice change of scenery. It's almost completely flat and mostly shaded. And there's so many pretty wildflowers blooming right now. There's also plenty of benches and shelters along the way so you can take booty breaks. Plus a vault toilet restroom. I will definitely be back!

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Myk & Lo
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Mountain bikingGreat!

This trail is one of our favorites! Beautiful views of the river, great ups and downs- and if if you need a “booty break” from your bike, there are awesome hiking paths along the trail. 

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James hirschfield
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Great!
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HidingIn PlainSight
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Joel Harris
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Hiking

Yeeeeeeaaaaahhhh

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Eric Glover
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Peggy Davis
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WalkingGreat!

Jax and I did 4 miles of walking on this trail and it was great! The trail is clean, it wasn't crowded, it was pleasantly tree shaded and the scenery was beautiful! We will definitely be back!

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Bill Stanners
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Hiking

We enjoyed a great ride on the Oil Creek Trail. Paved and an comfortable ride. Great views of Oil Creek. Lots of history on the trail.

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Daniel Soder
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Mountain biking

Paved rails to trails. One of my favorites.

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Amanda S
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Road biking

Great for riding bike, the path is fully paved and follows the water. I started in at the State Park and rode to Titusville. It’s practically flat the entire way. It’s well shaded and cool, which is great when it’s 90 degrees. There are small shelters if it rains, restrooms (around mile 4), I did not notice any water stations. The path breaks up in Titusville and you have to ride through town to connect. You can also take a break at mile 10 and visit Drake’s Oil Museum (costs money I believe).

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Kristan Menzel
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Road biking
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Rebecca Allen
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Hiking

Bike.....This is the first time my husband and I had done this trail. We did 14.3 miles RT. It was such a beautiful bike trail and I would recommend this but there are some grades that are pretty tough at least I think. I would definitely try it.

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Douglas Sears
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Road biking

quite a scenic, forested, rural trail.

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Joe Vanasco
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Road biking

Absolutely beautiful. Trail is easy with little grade. Trail is well kept with distance markers and placards of local history throughout. The trail crosses over and runs along Oil Creek with benches overlooking the water.

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David Engstrom
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Road biking

This is an easy ride trail, lots of great views of the oil creek, we saw two eagles and 6 deer along the ride. We will return to ride again and enjoy more scenery

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Danielle Lee
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WalkingWashed out

I ran this trail by the drake museum. Very shaded. Good workout with incline. Gorgeous views. Very quite.

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Linda Pence
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Mountain biking

Beautiful, restful ride. One problem, it was too short!

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Marcy Garuccio
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Mountain biking

Easy ride gentle grades but amazing in beauty. Lots of shade on a hot day. I enjoyed this.

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Tom Darby
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Hiking

We’ve biked this trail numerous times with our kids when they were teens and we love it!

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Tim Gray
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Great trail for everyone... Enjoy...

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Matthew Kobe
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this is a great biking trail, I've only been here once, with my girlfriend and two children, we only did a 8 mile ride, seen a eagle and took the kids on a train ride, we had a great time. we can't wait to get back to this park, next time just her and I so we can bike the entire 20 miles, if you like to bike and hike this is a great place there's a lot of hiking trails off the bike path and I believe there's a total of 4 waterfalls, and over 40 miles of hiking trails. this park is very rich in history as well.

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carl spitale
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Awesome bike trail. Very easy to ride.

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Brandy Dalton
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Hiking

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

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Mike Reichart
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Hiking

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

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Bob Wharton
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Hiking

Nice trail ! For the whole family.

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Don Capan
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Hiking

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.

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Seth Craft
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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.

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Christopher Bean
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Hiking

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.

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Chris Schultz
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Mountain biking

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.

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William Jones
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Hiking

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.

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