Be the first to register for the Friends of Oil Creek Cross Country Skiing and Waxing Clinic. It is sure to be a fun and informative day! Get the jump on a terrific winter of great skiing ahead! See the flyer and registration form . Clinic includes cross country ski instruction, lunch and waxing of one pair of skis.
Pre-Registration is required and is due by November 3, 2014. Cost is $30.
Chick-in-the-Sticks Slideshow - Part 1 ( 51 slides )
Chick-in-the-Sticks Slideshow - Part 2 ( 51 slides )
Photos by Judy and Charlie Stevenson
Ed's Smokin BBQ for lunch
Tambera Sabatini for bringing her SusieQs home made ice cream
Friends of OCSP is a chapter of the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation (PPFF). PPFF is a private, non-profit organization that works to develop resources which compliment the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) in the areas of State Parks and Forests through the actions of people and assets.
The primary purpose of Oil Creek State Park is to tell the story of the changing landscape. Just south of Titusville, along Oil Creek, 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 early petroleum industry's oil boom towns and important oil well sites are long gone. They have been replaced by clean trout streams and forested hillsides seen today throughout the park. Few oil wells are still active in the park, but newer gas wells are common. The events of the exciting 1860's, the time of the original oil boom, receive special emphasis in park's trails and by park personnel. The early history of the oil region is served well by Drake Well Museum just north of the park.
Today, Oil Creek State Park features the 36 mile volunteer maintained Gerard Hiking Trail along with 4 other interpretive hiking trails, a 9.7 mile paved biking trails along Oil Creek and other day use activities. The park also offers picnic areas at Blood Farm and Egbert Farm (Petroleum Centre), with fresh drinking water, restrooms and playfields. Fishing is enjoyed in Oil Creek, Boughton Run, Toy Run and Jones Run. Hunting is permitted on approximately 6,250 acres of land. Canoeing and kayaking along Oil Creek, which is classed as beginner's waters, is best from March to June.
Several shelters may be reserved for a fee. Call Oil Creek State Park at 814-676-5915 or DCNR reservations at 888-PA-PARKS (888-727-2757)
Two Organized Group Tenting area are available at Wild Cat Hollow and the ski hut area.
Try Cross-country skiing during the cold winter months.
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Following Sundays have been scheduled for fall trail clean up. We will be trimming and cutting brush, painting blazes on old and new trails, doing some ditch work, picking up sticks, etc. Please meet at the Ski Hut parking lot at 1:00 PM and bring gloves, trimmers, clippers, small saws, etc. Here are the dates:
October 26, November 16 and 23, and December 7
Hope you can come on out and help!
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Need a volunteer project
On most Tuesdays beginning again in the fall.
On most Wednesdays
We welcome new members and volunteers. There are many ways you can help.