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Cross Country Skiing

General Information

History: Oil Creek State Park is one of five state parks established through the efforts of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. The 7,300 acre tract of land preserves 12 miles of the winding gorge, group of skiers which stretches south into Venango County from the Crawford County line, created approximately 10,000 years ago by the draining of an ice-dammed glacial lake.

The discovery of oil in the valley on August 27, 1859 marked the birth of the world's oil industry Throughout the park, expect to see cultural and natural resources.

As the second growth forest health improves, it gives a physical reminder of nature's ability to reclaim the landscape. Habitat is provided for wildlife including a large population of white-tailed deer, turkey, bear, ruffed grouse, squirrels and various winter birds.

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Being located in northwestern Pennsylvania generally ensures lake effect snow cover for cross-country skiing for much of the winter. During the winter of 1984-85, Oil Creek State Park developed a cross-country ski area with a network of 11.1 miles of marked trails, on the plateau of the east rim of the gorge.

A parking lot, warming hut and restrooms enhance the opportunity for skiers to enjoy and explore.