Cross-country Skiing at Oil Creek State Park
11.5 miles of trails
The park’s groomed cross-country ski area features three main trails, with six connecting trails (white):
Most of the trails utilize old oil lease and lumber roads and are generally about 10 feet wide.
The Green and Blue Loops are suitable for beginning skiers.
The Blue Loop (2.6 mi.) is relatively flat with one steep section and is longer than the Green Loop (0.6 mi.).
The Red Loop (5.8 mi.) is very challenging due to its distance, several steep hills, and some sharp turns, it also leads to a very impressive scenic view.
Warming Hut/Parking Lot
At the parking lot, you will notice a warming hut at the trail head and restrooms on the west side. These are available from 8:00 A.M. until sunset. Inside the hut, you will find a wood burning stove and several picnic tables.
Skiing Trail Tips
Follow the trail 1.5 miles westward or clockwise from the warming hut to see the Benninghoff Tableau Site and the railroad bridge at Pioneer and six derricks with oil related buildings, machinery, equipment, and materials. Though this is not a working site, it gives a feel for what the area was like in the 1860s and 70s.
Beyond the scenic vista, the trail merges with the Gerard Hiking Trail (Yellow blazing) several times for short distances. You will want to stay with the red blazing to stay on the Red Loop.
By utilizing the Red, Blue, Green loops, and six White connector trails, the skiing possibilities are almost endless making some very unique, exciting, and challenging combinations.
Ski passes are required for use of this groomed trail network. Passes can be purchased at the booth near the warming hut or at the park office. Day passes and season passes are available.
Ski trail with no Pass Required
The 9.7-mile bicycle trail is open to skiers without a pass. Check at the park office for trail conditions.
- There are elements of risk in skiing that can be reduced by common sense and personal awareness.
- Maintain control of your speed and direction at all times.
- Ski in a manner that does not endanger others.
- Do not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible by others.
- Obey all signs and posted warnings.
- Keep off closed trails.
- Report all accidents.
Snow and Ice Conditions
The Winter Report provides ice and snow depth information for state parks.