Ole Bull State Park
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Introduction

Surrounded by the wilderness of Susquehannock State Forest, Ole Bull State Park presents a serene RV camping destination in a natural setting along the Kettle Creek Valley. The 132-acre park features the enchanting hues of Kettle Creek, a beautiful stream of water that flows in the middle of the park and a diverse range of wildlife that will make your jaws drop.

If you are looking to spend some time camping in quiet and close to nature out in a wilderness, this Pennsylvania state park is quite an ideal choice. Surrounded by the endless acres of Susquehannock State Forest, the park is every bit worthy of bringing your RV for some quiet time. Ole Bull State Park is named after a famous Norwegian violinist Ole Bull who set up a Norwegian establishment in the area long before it became a state park.

There is no limit to outdoor recreation at Ole Bull State Park. From hiking and mountain biking to fishing and hunting, and from picnicking to swimming, you will find quite a variety of pleasures to indulge in. The winter offerings in the form of cross-country skiing and snowmobiling are also a big hit among winter campers and visitors. Wildlife viewing and birdwatching is excellent as well.

The state park is open for year-round camping with an 81-site campground divided into two loops, Camping Area #1 and Camping Area #2. Spring, summer, and fall mark the busiest camping seasons at the park. A one and a half story Ole Bull Cabin is available to rent for overnight accommodations throughout the year.

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Transportation in Ole Bull State Park

Driving

Ole Bull State Park is quite a famous location in Potter County. The park is situated along Kettle Creek, a very popular stream flowing through Clinton, Potter, and Tioga counties in Pennsylvania. The park is just a ten minutes’ drive from the town of Cross Fork. Following either a map or GPS, you will not have any significant difficulty in accessing the park. The town of Renovo and Galeton are also not quite far from the park. If the weather permits, you will access the park in less than an hour via PA-144 N in your campervan or rig. You may find the highway closed during most of the winter due to heavy snowfall. If visiting in the winter, check for seasonal road closures in advance is recommended.

There are no strict driving rules for RVs in the park, except that driving speed should not exceed 25 miles per hour. There are two unpaved parking lots in Campground #1 and another one in Campground #2. A large, unpaved parking lot is also available near the picnic pavilion. You can park your camper here before heading over to hike any surrounding trails or claiming your site at the picnic area. A paved parking lot can also be found near the park office at the entrance.

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Campgrounds and parking in Ole Bull State Park

Campsites in Ole Bull State Park

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Ole Bull State Park Campground

Ole Bull State Park’s RV campground features two different camping areas. Camping Area #1 is along Kettle Creek and boasts 46 campsites, 32 of which are electric. An ADA accessible restroom with showers is also available in here. A sand volleyball court, playground, and water hydrant are nearby. Unfortunately, pets are not allowed at this camping area.

Camping Area #2 has 32 campsites, 24 of which are electric. This campground is located near the park office. Pets are allowed, although an extra fee is required. A dump station is just outside the campground. Three different options are available both in and around the campground to get drinking water. An ADA accessible restroom featuring hot showers is located in the within the camping area. A playground and car parking are available nearby.

Each campsite comes equipped with a picnic table, fire ring, and a level gravel pad. Wi-Fi is not available in any of the two camping areas. All campsites are back-in. Typically, camping is offered year-round, but campsite accessibility in the off-season is not guaranteed. Reservations are available and recommended. Tents can also be pitched on any RV campsites.

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Seasonal activities in Ole Bull State Park

In-Season

Picnicking

A variety of picnicking options will welcome you along Kettle Creek. You can choose from the many picnic tables available on a first come first serve. Four picnic pavilions can be reserved up to 11 months in advance. Unreserved pavilions are available on a first come first serve basis. The availability of facilities like fireplaces, drinking water, restrooms, and a nearby playground will make your picnic more cozy, enjoyable, and pleasant. One of the pavilions named Stone Pavilion also provides electricity.

Hiking and Mountain Biking

Hike or bike the park’s five miles of four scenic trails perfectly capturing the beauty and splendor of the park. Each trail has something unique to offer, so you will have a fantastic experience as you hike one trail to another. The Daugherty Loop Trail will take you on an exploration of the ancient loggings and rail grades while gradually drawing you into the surrounding forest wilderness. While Bull Trail leads you towards a sneak peek into Ole Bull’s historic home, Beaver Dam Natural Trail takes you on a trip to Kettle Creek. Park your RV in the picnic area parking and wander off in the 85-mile Susquehannock Trail System backpacking trail.

Fishing and Swimming

Kettle Creek, a freshwater stream flowing in the middle of the park, is an excellent fishery. Trout are abundant and found in variety: Rainbow, Brown, and Brook trout are found commonly. You'll find a quiet, serene swimming beach, near the picnic spot in Camping Area #1, which is open from late May to mid-September. Don’t forget to pack your favorite swimsuit in the motorhome. The 150-foot swimming beach is among the park’s most visited sites in the summer.

Off-Season

Wildlife Viewing and Birding

While casually strolling in the park during your RV camping stay, you will hopefully come across a variety of unique bird species and amazing wildlife creatures. We recommend that you carry your binoculars at all times – any moment you may sight a delightful bird resting on a tree or spreading its colorful wings to take a flight. Quietly look for wildlife in your surroundings – the park is home to large populations of white-tailed deer, black beer, and turkey.

Winter Activities

If you are in for a cross-country skiing or snowmobiling adventure, drive your camper to Ole Bull State Park in the winter and have the time of your life. A snowmobile trailhead in the park will lead you to nearly a hundred mile of skiing trails in the surrounding Susquehannock State Forest. From open spaces and roadways to wooded trails, you will find an opportunity to race your snowmobile through a variety of terrains. The park’s hiking trails are groomed for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing to facilitate an outstanding winter outdoor recreation.

Hunting

Hunting is extraordinarily good at Ole Bull State Park. Bring your rig and see for yourself – the diverse game species will make hunting a spectacular experience for you. Deer, turkey, grouse, beer, and squirrel are abundantly available for an incredible wild hunt. You are also allowed to train your dogs on the 25-acre of land designated for hunting and trapping the park’s wildlife. A hunting season is established every year during the off-camping season from Labor Day till March 31.

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