Gerard Hiking Trail
ElevationAscent: 3,692' 1,125 m
Descent: -3,692' -1,125 m
High: 1,564' 477 m
Low: 1,073' 327 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 32% (18°)
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“A great hilly and forested singletrack trail.”— Tiffany Hrach
Once the visitor descends after 15 miles, they will cross a single-lane car-bridge (Jersey Bridge), go through a parking lot and up a paved bike trail for about two tenths of a mile. They will then make a right onto the Gerard trail again, marked by a sign hanging over the singletrack trail. Again, trail users will ascend and descend through the Oil Creek valley, staying on the Yellow blazed trail on the west side of Oil Creek. There are several white blazed side trails, which cross the valley. Be cautious of several road crossings - though not busy, drivers can be traveling quickly. Once you come down to an Oil Derrick tableau, you'll come down a hill to a wooden arch bridge that brings visitors to a paved road. Cross over this road to the trail, and continue on for about a mile. You'll come to another dirt road, and you'll turn left on this road to get back to the Petroleum Center parking area.
This long trail can be accessed from several points. The easiest access points are the Jersey Bridge parking area near Drake's Well Park or from the Oil Creek State Park park office at Petroleum Center which is how the trail is shown mapped here. There are permanent pit toilets located at the Petroleum Center parking areas, as well as water at the park office. During spring, summer and fall, there are port-a-johns located at the Jersey Bridge Parking area. Maps are available at the Park office or at the parking area at Jersey Bridge.
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Land Manager: PA DCNR - Oil Creek State Park