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Cornplanter State Forest- The Cornplanter Forest District includes Erie, Crawford, Forest, Venango and Warren Counties in far northwest Pennsylvania. Four State Parks within the District are Chapman, Oil Creek, Presque Isle and Pymatuning. Part of the Allegheny National Forest, managed by the United States Forest Service, and the Allegheny, Tionesta, Woodcock and Union City Reservoirs managed by the U.S. Corps of Engineers are within the District as well.

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Oil Creek State Park
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Oil Creek State Park
Description - Along Oil Creek, just south of Titusville, Colonel Edwin Drake struck oil at a depth of 69.5 feet in August 1859. Drake's Well marks the birth of the world's oil industry.

The primary purpose of Oil Creek State Park is to tell the story of the changing landscape. The early petroleum industry's oil boom towns and important oil well sites are in contrast with clean trout streams and forested hillsides today seen throughout the park. The events of the exciting 1860's, the time of the original oil boom, receive special emphasis.

Today, Oil Creek State Park features primarily hiking trails and other day use activities. Fishing is enjoyed in Boughton Run, Toy Run and Jones Run that offer brook trout. Hunting is permitted on approximately 6,250 acres of land. Folks also enjoy canoeing along Oil Creek which is classed as beginner's waters. Generally, the best canoeing season ranges from March to June. The park also offers two picnic areas, with fresh drinking water, restrooms and playfields. Several shelters may be reserved for a fee. Cross-country skiing is enjoyed during the cold winter months.

Attractions - Along Oil Creek, just south of Titusville, Colonel Edwin Drake struck oil at a depth of 69.5 feet in August 1859. Drake's Well marks the birth of the world's oil industry.

Petroleum Centre became the hub of oil activity in the 1860's, as well as oil fields at Tarr Farm, Pioneer and Miller Farm. By 1875, the oil wells began to dry up and the towns along Oil Creek began to die.

Not much is left of the early oil boom. There is little in the natural beauty of Petroleum Centre to suggest the turbulence of its heyday. The wooded hills of Oil Creek Gorge look almost as they did before the boom.

A few wells are still active in the park, pulling the last bits of oil and natural gas from the earth which nature laid down hundreds of thousands of years ago.

The primary purpose of Oil Creek State Park is to tell the story of the changing landscape. The early petroleum industry's oil boom towns and important oil well sites are in contrast with clean trout streams and forested hillsides today seen throughout the park. The events of the exciting 1860's, the time of the original oil boom, receive special emphasis.

Recreation - Today, Oil Creek State Park features primarily hiking trails and other day-use activities. Fishing is enjoyed in Boughton Run, Toy Run and Jones Run which offer brook trout. Hunting is permitted on approximately 6,250 acres of land. Folks also enjoy canoeing along Oil Creek which is classed as beginner's waters. Generally, the best canoeing season ranges from March to June. The park also offers two picnic areas, with fresh drinking water, restrooms and playfields. Several shelters may be reserved for a fee. Cross-country skiing is enjoyed during the cold winter months.

Climate - Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The Oil Creek State Park area has cold winter months with temperatures averaging around 22 to 24 degrees Fahrenheit (-6 to -4 degrees Celsius). The area's average summer temperatures range around 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 Celsius).

Location - Oil Creek State Park is located in northwestern Pennsylvania about 20 miles north of Oil City and one mile north of the tiny town of Rouseville.


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Report: I have ridden the bike trail from Oil Creek State Park in Petroleum, PA to Titusville and I'm surprised you don't include biking on your web page. It's an absolutely beautiful trail 9.5 miles long. There is a bike rental shop in the Park as well. Dorothy Yonker Boardman, Ohio


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Contact Information:
Oil Creek State Park, R.R. 1, Box 207 , Oil City, PA, 16301-9733, Phone: 814-676-5915
, oilcreek@dcnr.state.pa.us

Additional Information:
Cornplanter State Forest - The Cornplanter Forest District includes Erie, Crawford, Forest, Venango and Warren Counties in far northwest Pennsylvania. Four State Parks within the District are Chapman, Oil Creek, Presque Isle and Pymatuning. Part of the Allegheny National Forest, managed by the United States Forest Service, and the Allegheny, Tionesta, Woodcock and Union City Reservoirs managed by the U.S. Corps of Engineers are within the District as well.
Lake Erie Area - The Lake Erie Area is located in Pennsylvania's northwest corner offering a great playground of beautiful beaches and spectacular sunsets. Cultural, historical and natural wonders of this beautiful area attract thousands of visitors to the outdoors each year.
Pennsylvania State Parks and Forests - Pennsylvania is known for producing some of the most valuable hardwood timber in the world. The 2.1 million acres of state forest land are protected from fire, destructive insects and diseases while offering a beautiful recreation environment for the visitor. Pennsylvania's State Park system offers visitors year-round recreational enjoyment as well. Amenities include: camping, picnicking, hiking, an assortment of winter sports and the viewing of the natural biological diversity and ecosystems found within the Commonwealth.

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