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Nearby Attractions to Oil Creek State Park

Information about Oil Creek State Park’s nearby attractions is available from the Oil Region Alliance.

Explore the Area

Oil Creek State Park is located between Petroleum Center and Titusville, and is not far from Oil City. These town names show the importance of the oil industry to this region. These towns offer quaint shops, restaurants, and places to learn about the oil industry heritage.

The Drake Well Museum is administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and is at the north end of Oil Creek State Park near Titusville. The museum presents a full-size replica of the engine and derrick over the early oil well, plus outstanding exhibits about Pennsylvania oil country.

Within six miles of Oil Creek Valley is Pithole, America’s largest oil boom town. Oil was discovered in Pithole in January 1865. By September 1865, Pithole had grown into a city of 15,000. For information on Drake Well and Pithole, contact the Drake Well Museum at 814-827-4888.

Learn about some of the area businesses and things to do from the Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Venango Area Chamber of Commerce.

Nearby State Parks and Forests

Oil Creek State Park is close to one state park and one state forest, where visitors can enjoy recreation, education, and other activities.

Clear Creek State Forest

The 16,229-acre Clear Creek State Forest is located in Jefferson, Clarion, Venango, Forest, and Mercer Counties.

Popular recreational activities include hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, picnicking, fishing, hunting, and camping.

Cook Forest State Park

The 8,500-acre Cook Forest State Park and the 3,136-acre Clarion River Lands lie in scenic northwestern Pennsylvania. A scenic 13-mile stretch of the Clarion River flows through Cook Forest State Park and is popular for canoeing, kayaking, and tubing.

Other popular recreational activities include hiking, biking, horseback riding, picnicking, fishing, and camping.

Other Nearby Outdoor Spaces and Natural Places

There are several other nearby outdoor spaces and natural places near Oil Creek State Park:

  • State Game Lands 96 and 253 are a short drive from the park, which offers additional recreational opportunities.
  • The Allegheny River is nearby, which offers various recreational opportunities.
  • The Oil Creek and Titusville Railroad operates an excursion train on weekends and other dates from May through October. The 26-mile round trip travels through Oil Creek State Park from Titusville to Rynd Farm. Call the Oil Creek and Titusville Railroad at 814-676-1733 for reservations and information.

Pennsylvania Heritage Areas

Heritage Areas protect, enhance, and promote Pennsylvania’s historic, natural, cultural, and scenic resources.

The Oil Region National Heritage Region celebrates the first commercial oil well drilled by Edwin Drake in 1859 in this area.