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Friends of Oil Creek State Park


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.



Congratulations Friends

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Our Friends group received the 2015 DCNR Group Volunteer Award, as the best volunteer group in the state, for Outstanding Dedication and Performance.







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 commercial 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 They have been replaced by clean trout streams and forested hillsides seen today throughout the park.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 presented 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:
  • Wild Cat Hollow
  • Ski Hut Area

Try Cross-country skiing during the winter months.

Take an interactive Slide Show Tour of the park. Thanks to Keith Cubbon.

View the interactive Google map of the park and views of Oil Creek on YouTube.

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Shown with the award are (from Left) Dave Hallman, Park Manager; Joe Smith, Treasurer; Rebecca Beach, Board Member; Peg Sims, Board Chair.

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Have membership questions: oilcreekfriends@gmail.com or Peg Sims (814)354-2802


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May 14, 2016

Meet You in 5 and a Half - Trail Race
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June 18, 2016

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July 9, 2016

Hundred Acre Woods
10 Miler Race
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August 7, 2016

Drake Well Marathon Race
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August 13, 2016


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September 17, 2016

Queen City Duathlon
Run - Bike - Run
New playground equipment has arrived and will be installed in the spring after the dead ash trees and stumps are removed.

Need a volunteer project

On most Tuesdays in the spring and fall.

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On most Wednesdays

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Community service hours available for students!


Membership and Support

We welcome new members and volunteers. There are many ways you can help.

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