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

Distance: 18.7 miles Elevation Gain: 872 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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A rugged loop on the Northern section of the Gerard Trail Hard to imagine but a little over a century ago 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 circuit 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 circuit.

road biking
3 months ago

quite a scenic, forested, rural trail.

road biking
8 months ago

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.

road biking
9 months ago

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

washed out
10 months ago

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

mountain biking
10 months ago

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

mountain biking
11 months ago

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

Mon May 27 2019

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

Tue Mar 12 2019

Great trail for everyone... Enjoy...

Tue Oct 09 2018

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.

Fri Jul 27 2018

Awesome bike trail. Very easy to ride.

Wed May 25 2016

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

Fri Jan 15 2016

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

Tue Oct 14 2014

Nice trail ! For the whole family.

Sat Oct 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.

Tue Sep 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.

Tue Jun 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.

Sat Apr 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
Tue Jul 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.

Wed Jun 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.

Sun Jun 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.

Sat Feb 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.

Mon Oct 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.

Sun Sep 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.

Thu Sep 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.

Fri Aug 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.

Tue Aug 07 2012

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.

Fri Mar 27 2009

My wife and I road the easier version that does not include the climbs. It is a very nice peaceful ride along Oil creek and through the forest. Lots of history and peaceful resting areas if you are so inclined. The trail continues past Drakes Well and to town if you are looking to extend the ride a bit. Also caught a couple trout after we finished riding. Great day! Next time we are hitting the hills!

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