52 miles of trails
The hiking and interpretive trails lead visitors through areas rich in historic and scenic interest. Trail maps and information are available at the park office.
Mountain bikes are prohibited on hiking trails.
If you find yourself lost, travel downhill to the bicycle trail or Oil Creek and follow either upstream to Drake Well or downstream to the park office at Petroleum Centre.
The railroad running along Oil Creek is an active line. Caution: Stay off of the tracks at all times.
Changes Through Time, Delzell Trail
Change is constant in the natural environment. The Oil Creek Valley has seen more than most other areas. Along the 0.7-mile long trail, discover how these changes have created and again changed the face of the valley. Pick up a self-guiding brochure in the park office or at the trailhead.
Blood Farm Interpretive Trail
Spend 30 minutes walking a 0.5-mile trail through the 440-acre Blood Farm oil lease. This farm produced more oil than all of the other farms in the oil region in 1861 and 1862. Learn about 15 years of frantic drilling, gushing oil, and devastating fires. Interpretive signs throughout the trail will guide your tour.
Petroleum Centre Walking Tour
Petroleum Centre flourished from 1863 to 1870 on its twin livelihoods of oil and entertainment. This company town had no government, law enforcement, sanitation, or public works. It was reputed to the “wickedest town east of the Mississippi!” Start at the Petroleum Centre Amphitheater for this 45-minute self-guiding tour.
Gerard Hiking Trail
This 36-mile long trail encompasses the entire park. The main trail is marked with yellow paint blazes.
For shorter day hikes, use the five connecting loops blazed in white.
Parking areas are available at several access points.
Scenic vistas, waterfalls, and historic sites are prevalent along the trail.