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Sitting next to pretty Kettle Creek and surrounded by the Susquehannock State Forest, Ole Bull State Park is a great spot for a tranquil wilderness escape. Located in north-central Pennsylvania, roughly 25 minutes south of Galeton, this 132-acre park is a landscape of mountainous terrain, dense forest, and unspoiled natural beauty.
It boasts two scenic camping areas, both of which are within easy reach of the creek, and provides campers with easy access to a number of recreational activities. Excellent fishing, swimming, hiking, and more can all be enjoyed here, so keep reading to find out how to make the most of your Ole Bull State Park camping adventure.
Named after a Norwegian violinist who founded a colony in the area in the 19th century, Ole Bull State Park offers exactly the sort of outdoor experience you'd expect to find in the Pennsylvania Wilds.
Upon arrival in the park, the best way to get a feel for your surrounds is to head out on one of the local hiking trails. The trail network stretches to five miles in total, with each route offering a different way to experience the terrain.
The three-quarter-mile Beaver Dam Nature Trail is an easy walk alongside Kettle Creek and its surrounding habitats, while Bull Trail is worth checking out for its excellent views of the park. If you're keen to set out on a longer journey, the 85-mile Susquehannock Trail System passes through the park and is perfect for backpackers. And if you remembered to pack your mountain bike into your rental RV, the trails in Ole Bull State Park and Susquehannock State Forest also welcome mountain bikers.
If the mere thought of all that physical activity is making you feel tired, perhaps you'd prefer to go for a leisurely swim instead. Ole Bull State Park features a 150-foot sandy swimming beach on the banks of Kettle Creek, which is easily accessible from camping area #1. The beach is open from late May until the middle of September, and the creek's cool water provides welcome relief in summer. However, you do swim at your own risk.
The other major pastime in Ole Bull State Park is fishing. Both Kettle Creek and Ole Bull Run are known to provide quality trout fishing, with anglers able to target brook, brown and rainbow trout. Of course, fishing isn't allowed in the swimming area, and you'll also need a valid fishing license before casting a line.
If you want to camp with an RV at Ole Bull State Park, book an RV in Potter County and then find yourself a site in one of the park's two camping areas. Both of these areas are located alongside Kettle Creek, offering a pretty outlook and a mixture of shaded and sunny sites.
There are 79 sites in total, most of which feature 20, 30, and 50-amp electrical hookups. Camping area #2 also has its own RV dump station, while both areas have ADA-accessible bathhouses with showers.
Each site gets its own fire ring, picnic table, and gravel pad. Sites are level, with camping pad lengths ranging from 34 to 64 feet in camping area #1 and 35 to 62 feet in area #2.
Finally, if you're traveling with your dog, you'll be pleased to learn that pets are permitted in camping area #2 for a fee. You'll also need to remember to keep your dog on a leash and clean up after them whenever necessary.
If you've finished up your Ole Bull State Park RV camping adventure but you don't want to go home just yet, why not set out to explore some of the other wonderful attractions nearby?
If you'd like to stay a little while longer in another Pennsylvania state park, Lyman Run State Park is just over half an hour to the north.
If you'd like to raise a sweat and enjoy a scenic walk, run, or ride, head southeast towards Milton to tackle the Buffalo Valley Rail Trail.
And if you're a history buff or sporting enthusiast, you'll jump at the opportunity to head to Williamsport and take a tour of the World of Little League Museum.
With so many diverse attractions on offer when you rent a camper near Ole Bull State Park, it can be hard to work out where to go next. With this in mind, you'll probably need to take a while to ensure you enjoy the best the region has to offer.