Gerard Hiking Trail 

Length: 36 miles

Approximate mileage from Allegheny College: 35 miles

Type: Loop

Allowed Usage: Walking, Overnight Camping (with fee)

Trail Surface: Natural Earth

This 36-mile trail loops around the whole Oil Creek State Park. The trail main trail is marked with yellow blazes, while there are 5 shorter loops marked with white blazes along Gerard Hiking Trail. The trail passes through many scenic areas, waterfalls, and historical sites of the oil history like Miller Farm, Shaffer Farm, and Petroleum Center.

Sources/ Learn more at: 

http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/oilcreek/#hiking

http://friendsocsp.org/trails/hiking/ght.html

Thwaites, T. (1990). Fifty hikes in Western Pennsylvania: Walks and Day Hikes From the Laurel

Highlands to Lake Erie (2nd ed.). Woodstock, VT: Backcountry Publications, Inc.

Blood Farm Interpretive Trail 

Length: 0.5 miles

Approximate mileage from Allegheny College: 35 miles

Type: Out and back

Allowed Usage: Walking

Trail Surface: Natural Earth

This half mile hike guides you through the Blood Farm oil lease where the most oil was produced in the area throughout the early 1860’s. There are signs posted throughout the trail.

Sources/ Learn more at: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/oilcreek/#hiking

Delzell Trail 

Length: 0.7 miles

Approximate mileage from Allegheny College: 35 miles

Type: Out and back

Allowed Usage: Walking

Trail Surface: Natural Earth

A self- guided hike through the Oil Creek Valley, grab a brochure at the park office or trailhead and learn how the valley’s ecosystem has changed throughout time.

Sources/ Learn more at: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/oilcreek/#hiking

Oil Creek State Park Bike Trail 

Length: 9.7 miles

Approximate mileage from Allegheny College: 35 miles

Type: Out and back

Allowed Usage: : Bicycle, Wheelchair Accessible, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Walking, Running, Cross Country Skiing

Trail Surface: Asphalt

In the area of the birthplace of the oil, this 9.7 easy breezy trail starts or ends at the Petroleum Center and crosses under the Oil Creek and Titusville Railroad (Shaw, et al., 1999). At the northern end, the Queen City Trail leads into downtown Titusville.   Check out a YouTube video of Oil Creek’s State Park’s Bike Trail here

Sources/ Learn more at: https://www.traillink.com/trail/oil-creek-state-park-trail/

http://friendsocsp.org/trails/biking/ocbiketrail.html

Shaw, M., & Weil, R. (1999). Freewheeling Easy in Western Pennsylvania (3rd ed.). Pittsburgh, PA:

Shaw-Weil Associates.

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Oil Creek State Park has 52 miles of trails and is within the area of the home of the Oil Industry.