Oil Creek State Park (place)
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Oil Creek State Park is located in [Northwest Pennsylvania], mostly in northern [Venango County, Pennsylvania|Venango County] and continuing north a little into [Crawford County, Pennsylvania|Crawford County]. It is about 12 miles long, following the [Oil Creek] valley and averages about a [mile] in width. The north end of the park is capped by [Drake's Well|Drake Well Park and Museum]. Oil Creek flows through a 400 feet deep [gorge] who's sides vary from very steep [cliff]-like hills to flat [marsh]y patches of [wetland]. Oil Creek got its name from the [oil slick]s that floated naturally on the surface of the water in the 1800s.
The [hub] of Oil Creek State Park is [Petroleum Center, PA|Petroleum Centre] which is about 10 miles south of Drake Well Park and [Titusville, PA]. Petroleum Center was developed in the 1860s following the birth of the oil industry. There were still a couple of families living there as late as the 1950s until it became a state park. One of the original houses is used for bicycle [rent]als and a [snack shop]. There is a visitor center offering historical and environmental programs at different times of the year. A large [picnic] area with a children's playground and large playing field lies adjacent to a stretch of Oil Creek used mostly for [fly fishing]. The southern end of the paved [bike trail] starts in Petroleum Center as well as several [hiking] trails.
Oil Creek State Park Highlights:
I used to ride the bike trail to work for a couple of years. I saw lots of deer and terrified many [early morning] [fishermen] and hikers when I would ride silently up behind them early in the morning and yell, "Coming through!". I watched a pair of [fawn]s grow into [yearling]s one summer. Sometimes they ran beside me a few dozen yards in the woods.
Source: "Find a Park" http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us