Oil Creek Bike Trail

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Oil Creek Bike Trail is a 18.8 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
18.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1223 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

fishing

fly fishing

mountain biking

nature trips

rails trails

road biking

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

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14 days ago

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2 months ago

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.

road biking
Sunday, June 28, 2015

road biking
Friday, May 29, 2015

Monday, April 20, 2015

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Nice trail ! For the whole family.

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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.

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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.

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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.

hiking
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.

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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.