Adirondack Shelter at Oil Creek State Park. 
Ed Lawrence/Contributed photo

Camping at Oil Creek State Park

   July 19, 2014 8:18 pm

 

There are two Adirondack Shelter Areas  located within Oil Creek State Park. The shelter sites are named Cow Run and Wolfkiel Run respectively. Each shelter area includes 6 wooden shelters with an open end facing a built-in fireplace . Firewood is provided at the shelter areas, along with restrooms and a water supply. The shelter areas also have tent camping sites large enough to accommodate groups of hikers. These two areas are located along the 36 mile Gerard Hiking Trail that loops around the park. This hiking trail leads visitors through the scenic woodlands, steep valleys, and historic landscapes of the Oil Creek Valley. The Oil Creek Valley is where the first commercial oil well was struck in 1859. Colonel Edwin Drake struck oil here in the August of 1859, while drilling at a depth of 69 1/2 feet. This event has contributed to the way we all live today. Some of the remains of the old boomtowns can still be seen throughout the valley. There are a few wells in the valley that remain in operation today. While visiting the park, you can expect to find beautiful hardwood forests, mountain laurel, ferns, maintained trails, waterfalls, wildlife viewing, and great hunting and fishing opportunities. Picnicking, bike riding, and canoeing are also popular in the park. This is a great park for any outdoor enthusiast. The Adirondack Shelters at Oil Creek State Park can be reserved by calling the park office at (814)-676-5915. For more information on Oil Creek State Park please visit http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/oilcreek/index.htm .   Oil Creek State Park Adirondack Shelter. Ed Lawrence/Contributed Photo

 

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