Safe Outdoor Recreation Opportunities Abound
in NW PA’s Oil Region
Though several sites remain closed and many events have been postponed, Northwest PA’s Oil Region has so many safe, socially distanced activities for family fun.
The first commercial oil well was drilled here in 1859, putting us on the map as “the Valley that Changed the World.” You can learn about the historic changes that took place here through the 80+ interpretive panels that dot our city streets and rec trails. The whole region is like one big museum — a museum that you can bike, hike, paddle and fish your way through!
What were once bustling cities of overnight millionaires, the Oil Region is now a collection of small towns with impressive architecture surrounded by stunning natural landscapes for you to explore via our 65+ miles of paved bike trails, the Allegheny River, Oil Creek and thousands of acres of wooded hills and valleys.
Take in murals, live music and cultural performances. There is plenty to do here, but the Oil Region is also conveniently located about ninety minutes from Pittsburgh and Erie, two and a half hours from Cleveland and Buffalo and three hours from Niagara Falls, making it a great layover spot on a longer trip.
Spend the night in a quaint B&B, a chain hotel, under the stars, close to the golf course or even in a stationary train caboose car!
Once everything is open again, you can experience Drake Well Museum and Park. Schedule future visits to coincide with a community festival or other special event including AppleFest, Drake Day, the Oil Creek 100 Trail Races, the International Bowhunting Organization National Championship, a show at the Barrow Civic Theatre or a ride on the Oil Creek and Titusville Railroad excursion train.
Visit OilRegion.org/tourism today!