The new year will bring new and exciting projects to our many and unique Heritage Areas across Pennsylvania. Read more below about what’s happening in the Oil Region National Heritage Area at Oil Creek Memorial Landing.
Oil Creek Memorial Landing is a new trailhead along Route 8 on the bank of historic Oil Creek within Oil City, PA. The Landing serves multiple free public year-round outdoor recreation purposes. In 2015, the land on four adjoining land parcels owned by the non-profit Oil Region Alliance was contoured, including installation of a paved parking lot for a dozen vehicles and installation of bench seating. In 2016, the shoreline access for kayaks/canoes was constructed, French drains were installed, and signage was installed identifying Oil Creek Memorial Landing and inviting pedestrians, bicyclists, water enthusiasts, vehicle drivers from the state highway, and others to pull in, relax, and enjoy this newly opened water-edge access for fishing, wading, and wildlife watching. During 2017 the final phase of development will occur, including staircase to the adjacent Dollar General store and its public restrooms, informational kiosk, memorial plaques and memorial trees/shrubs, and additional seating. This trailhead is along the McClintock Trail segment of the Erie to Pittsburgh Trail.