The Petroleum Trail – “The situation with petroleum in the past” takes its visitors into the world of rich history of the extraction of petroleum, and, on its trail, we can encounter operating pump jacks, and more.
The creation of the Petroleum Trail for bikes is directly related to the history of our region. It is worth remembering that the 19th century is a period of a dynamic growth of petroleum extraction in Bieszczady. At that time, the area of Ustrzyki Dolne commune witnessed the establishment of numerous mines and refineries, and the first one was established in Łodyna in 1860. It shall be noted that petroleum extraction was crucial for the development of Ustrzyki Dolne and the neighbouring towns, which can be observed, among others, in Ustrzyce’s Regional chamber, which includes a section of petroleum extraction. The history of petroleum industry in Bieszczady is quite turbulent and involves many neighbouring villages, including already mentioned Łodyna, Leszczowate, Brelików, Ropienka and Brzegi Dolne. In the last one, there is a mini-museum of petroleum extraction industry, where we can directly admire extraction equipment. Two sections of the trail, in Łodyna and Ropienka, also include the currently operating mines.
The Petroleum Trail from the Regional Chamber in Ustrzyki Dolne goes to the promenade on the market square and to Fabryczna Street, and then to Brzegi Dolne, Łodyna, Leszczowate, and Ropienka. At this point, it is good to come back to the town taking a different road, via such towns as Serednica and Dźwiniacz Dolny, finishing an attractive loop.