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Oil Creek State Park, Oil City

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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, 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.

GPS Address for the park office is 1080 Petroleum Centre Road, Oil City.

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  • We came here out of curiosity about the oil history of the area and sure learned plenty. The park is beautiful with well maintained natural areas and excellent information on exhibits posted around.....  more
    We came here out of curiosity about the oil history of the area and sure learned plenty. The park is beautiful with well maintained natural areas and excellent information on exhibits posted around.....  more »
  • Yea, I've been meaning to come out here for a while and finally did. It took a little over two hours from the Pittsburgh area to get here, and I think I could've done it quicker but sometime Google.....  more
    Yea, I've been meaning to come out here for a while and finally did. It took a little over two hours from the Pittsburgh area to get here, and I think I could've done it quicker but sometime Google.....  more »
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  • Went there today for a class and it was great.
  • This park is an excellent way to experience the wonderful outdoors without having to travel too far away from more populated areas. The trails cover a variety of terrains, including hills and mountains, but they are definitely manageable enough that anyone can enjoy them. The shelters make it easy to stay overnight, and the warm welcome you’ll receive at the park office will remind you that being in nature isn’t so bad!

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