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Venango County

Summer fun for everyone — outdoor adventure and historic explorations!

Dive into History & Outdoor Adventures

Museums, lively local arts, brew pubs, shops and outdoor activities provide something for everyone to do in the Oil Region.

Victorian style mansions and impressive architecture remain from the rich days of the oil boom in the late 1800s and can be enjoyed via self-guided walking tours. Oilfield relics and more than 80 interpretive panels dot the region, turning the whole landscape into a museum you can hike, bike, float and fish.

Plan to visit when you can ride the Oil Creek and Titusville Railroad for a three-hour tour of the “Valley that Changed the World” as the birthplace of the oil industry and get the full story from Drake Well Museum and Park.

There’s more than just oil tales for history buffs to uncover. Washington’s Trail 1753 is a driving tour that passes through the Oil Region and the site of the former Fort Machault in Franklin, following a young George Washington’s path to serve evacuation orders to the French in nearby Waterford, a pivotal point leading to the French and Indian War.

Follow the Oil Region’s best nature trails to spot bald eagles and blue herons, or find stunning overlooks and secluded waterfalls. Explore the various equestrian trails, BMX course, birdwatching, paved bike path and rougher hiking and single track mountain biking trails. Float and fish the Allegheny Wild and Scenic River Water Trail, find the area’s best trout stocking spots or fly fish Oil Creek. Kayak or paddleboard area waterways and lakes including Justus Lake at Two Mile Run County Park. Oil Creek State Park offers amenities, programing and adventure. Camp out and escape the city lights for stunning stargazing.

Introducing the Oil Region Alliance Visitor Guide

Welcome to the Oil Region National Heritage Area in northwestern Pennsylvania. Plan the perfect stay, whether it’s for an afternoon or an entire weekend, and learn about the characters and innovations that altered the course of history. Enjoy a variety of activities for outdoor recreation, arts and culture, as well as special events in the community.

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