Backpedal to the Beginning of America’s Petroleum Industry

Part of a Series of Self-Guided Itineraries

TrAils to Ales in downtown Franklin, PA

The trails along the Allegheny River in Northwestern Pennsylvania provide miles of recreational opportunity as well as a chance to learn about PA’s ‘oil rush.’  Spend some time exploring Franklin’s downtown and town squares before riding the Samuel Justus Trail to Oil City.  The National Transit building now houses the Transit Fine Arts Gallery, but was originally the home of the Standard Oil Company.  To the north, you can connect from Petroleum Center to the Oil Creek State Park Trail and take in the interpretive signage that highlights the region’s oil heritage.  Be sure to hit the Drake Well Museum on your way to Titusville.

Download the full Trail Trip for print or mobile and check out the highlights below:  

  • The Drake Well Museum and Oil Creek State Park 
  • TrAils to Ales and Lavery Brewing’s Lager Haus
  • Bossa Nova Cafe and Roastery and Karma Coffee
  • Oil Creek and Titusville Railroad

The Kennerdell Tunnel along the Allegheny River Trail is a unique and accessible piece of infrastructure just 15 miles from Franklin.  Farther to the north, the Erie National Wildlife Refuge and Cook Forest State Park are worth a visit!

Looking to explore further?  The Story Maps linked below will give you some ideas!