Grab Life by the Bike/Walking Trails!, the heart of the Oil Region’s outdoor recreation system. The most complete off-road section of the Erie-to-Pittsburgh Trail with its towns, amenities and connector trails invites you to spend the day or spend a week exploring the countryside and culture of the region. The trail is actually a series of mostly-connected shorter trails, offering several options for riders, walkers, joggers, runners and skaters over a broad range of skill and endurance levels.
Erie to Pittsburgh Trail
The Erie-to-Pittsburgh Trail will eventually connect Pennsylvania and New York’s Great Lake’s Seaway Trail with the Great Allegheny Passage and Cumberland Trails, providing a continuous biking experience from upstate New York through western Pennsylvania and Maryland to Washington D.C. Get a taste of what is coming by visiting the Oil Region’s section of the trail with over 60 miles of paved fun already in place.
Queen City Trail
This 1.9-mile paved trail extends east then south along Oil Creek from the south terminus of Titusville’s South Martin Street to the north end of the Oil Creek State Park Trail on Drake Well Road at the Jersey Bridge, adjacent to the Drake Well Museum. A 0.2-mile section of the trail across Oil Creek on South Brown Street to Bank Street and Allen Street is Share-the-Road.
Oil Creek State Park Trail
This paved trail runs from the Oil Creek Township Parking Lot at the Jersey Bridge, adjacent to Drake Well Museum, through beautiful Oil Creek State Park along Oil Creek to Petroleum Center. Sounds like Oil Country, right? In fact, this section of trail includes the impressive Drake Well Museum and other sites along its length related to the region’s “Oil Boom,” marked by trailside information panels. For more information visit the Allegheny Valley Trails Association website or the Oil Creek State Park website.
The McClintock Trail connects Oil Creek State Park with Oil City at the confluence of Oil Creek and the Allegheny River. Right now, a vigorous share-the-road climb out of the Park on State Park Road (Sr 1007) from Petroleum Center to Rynd Farm on State Route 8 brings the trail user to the McClintock Trail’s 1.8 mile Waitz Road share-the-road section which ends at McClintock Well #1, the oldest producing Oil Well. The newest section of regional trail takes the rider from McClintock Well #1 along the Western New York and Pennsylvania Railroad to Oil City. For more information on McClintock Trail, visit TrailLink. The map and GPS coordinates are accurate but the description is not yet updated with information on the new section.
Samuel Justus Trail
Once you’ve seen what Oil City has to offer, take the paved Samuel Justus Trail 5.8 miles down the Allegheny River to Franklin and the Allegheny River Trail. For more information, visit the Allegheny Valley Trails Association.
Allegheny River Trail
The Allegheny River Trail continues 28 miles along the Allegheny River from Franklin to Emlenton at the southernmost tip of the Oil Region. This great section of the trail includes two tunnels and intersects with the Sandy Creek Trail. After a 4.1 mile share-the-road section from the Emlenton trailhead to the Foxburg trailhead, primarily on State Route 268, the trail continues 3 more miles to Parker Landing. For more information, visit the Allegheny Valley Trails Association or see these great links on Franklin’s website.
Sandy Creek Trail
The Sandy Creek Trail Intersects with the Allegheny River Trail at Belmar providing 12 miles of additional biking adventure over seven bridges and through one tunnel in the heart of the Oil Region’s natural beauty. For more information visit Allegheny Valley Trails Association.
Mountain Bike Trails
If you prefer dirt, roots and rocks to pavement, the Oil Region is home to mountain biking trails in Two Mile Run County Park (see also Allegheny Valley Trails Association) and the Kennerdell Tract of Clear Creek State Forest.
Road Bike Trails
If you like pavement but want to climb hills and travel the open road, the Oil Region’s lower-volume, rural roads with plenty of grades and hills offer great riding. Watch this site for future road bike specific trail suggestions or visit websites such as Trails.com.