The scenic 9.7 mile asphalt trail is built on a historic railroad grade which runs parallel to Oil Creek through wooded park land. The trail is suitable for users of every level of conditioning. Creek vistas, restrooms, and picnic areas are strategically located along the trail.
A visitor center, bicycle rental, picnic area, playground, and restrooms are located at Petroleum Centre at the southern end.
The Drake Well Museum located at the northern end of the trail has a souvenir shop, restrooms, and picnic areas. Food and lodging are available in the nearby towns of Titusville and Oil City
This trail offers a special combination of natural beauty and historical significance. The trail follows the path of development of the oil industry in the 1860’s. The story is told by the museum, a replica of the first oil well (Drake Well), walking tours and programs, relics of the early industry, and interpretive signs along the trail.
Trailheads and parking are at the Jersey Bridge next to Drake Well Museum near Titusville and the park office location in Petroleum Centre. Both have access roads that connect to PA Route 8.
From the north, the museum entrance, off Route 8, is on the southern edge of Titusville at E. Bloss Street near the Jersey Bridge.
From the south follow State Park Road off Rt 8 three miles north to Petroleum Centre.
On the northern end the trail has an extension, the Queen City Trail, into downtown Titusville. It ends at the intersection with Route 8 behind McDonalds. The Queen City trail is difficult to find at the north end, but it runs between the Titusville Middle School and Oil Creek and then behind the Recreational Complex to the Jersey Bridge parking lot.
On the southern end a share the road trail continues south from Petroleum Centre to Rynd Farm bridge. Additional share the road trails continue south along Waitz Road to Rouseville where the McClintock Trail connects to the north end of Oil City where the Justice Trail begins and continues to other AVTA trails south along the Allegheny river.
A view from Oil Creek Trail.
Oil Creek Trail in Late Fall.
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