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Address: 31 Valhalla Lane Cross Fork, PA 17729-9701
Park Manager: Mary Hirst
Contact Info: 814-435-5000
olebullsp@pa.gov
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Park Description

Ole Bull State Park consists of 132 acres along the Kettle Creek Valley in Potter County. This area is called the Black Forest because of its once dense tree cover, mountainous terrain and wilderness habitat.

Things To Do ( 11 Available)

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    • Ole Bull Campground
      Season : 12 Months
      Restroom : Modern
      Campsites : 79 Sites
      Electric : Yes
      Pets Allowed : No
      ADA Accessible : Yes
      Please be aware that only designated sites have electric, allow pets and are ADA accessible.
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    Scenic View

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    Fishing

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    Cross Country Skiing

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    Snowmobiles

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    Swimming

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    Trails

    • Hemlock Swamp Trail
      More Difficult 0.90 miles
      Trail starts out wide (3 feet or so). It narrows as it enters the swamp area. Depending on how wet it has been, there are muddy areas that may require stepping from grassy hammock to grassy hammock. At the mid point, the trail turns towards the road and parallels the road along a bank, narrowing to a foot path less than 2 feet wide. Unique features include the hemlock swamp itself where specialized plants can be found on mossy hammocks. The area meanders through several habitat types including deciduous forest, evergreen stands and an open grassy meadow with apple trees and great edge vegetation. It is a haven for a variety of birds, especially in the spring migration. Grouse are frequently flushed, and bears and deer have been observed. Hike can be done in an hour.
    • Snowmobile
      Easiest 0.03 miles
      Widened trail cuts through campground and day use. Groomed when adequate snow.
    • Snowmobile
      Easiest 0.02 miles
    • Beaver Haven
      Easiest 1.20 miles
      Trail starts as widened surface - good for strollers, personal mobility devices. Follows stream through low vegetation, shrubs past wet areas (pools) to deciduous forest with understory. Good area for bird watching. Side trails access campground 2. Past the beaver dam bridge, a short loop bears off to the left for a close look at the dam. This loop may be wet. The trail going straight narrows and goes through stand of pine. At the end of the pines, the trail bears left to another group of pines. Beaver Haven extension bears right at this point. Following Beaver Haven brings you to a field and back to campground 2 via the snowmobile trail. It follows the campground road back to the day use. Good birding trail, good for families. Good habitat variety.
    • Well House
      Easiest 0.21 miles
      Actually an unimproved access road to the old spring house. Good for spring wildflowers. Serves as access to Ole Bull Run for brookie fishing. Dead ends at spring house.
    • Beaver Haven Extension
      Easiest 0.44 miles
      Trail travels through deciduous and mixed pine forest. Typical trail surface - not improved. Good for cross country skiing, may be groomed if snow allows. Easy access to stream for fishing.
    • Castle Vista
      More Difficult 0.19 miles
      First part of trail follows an unimproved road/snowmobile trail and has a steep section app 100 yards long. At the top, the snowmobile trail bears right, Castle Vista goes left and becomes a foot path. Short loop take hiker to overlook, and foundation site of Ole Bull's cabin or \
    • Stonewall
      Most Difficult 0.07 miles
      Narrow trail cutting along hillside. There is a fairly steep downhill slope.
    • Beaver Haven/Snowmobile
      Easiest 0.43 miles
      Widened trail that goes through campground 2, past sand mound field and up to 144 crossing to Joerg Run Road. Beaver Haven follows for a short distance - bears off to right. Good view of wetland area - good birding.
    • Old Rr Grade
      More Difficult 0.08 miles
      Short spur trail that ends when hillside becomes too steep. Overlooks creek.
    • Beaver Haven Extension
      Easiest 0.06 miles
      Trail travels through deciduous and mixed pine forest. Typical trail surface - not improved. Good for cross country skiing, may be groomed if snow allows. Easy access to stream for fishing.
    • Sts
      More Difficult 0.97 miles
      Trail through park follows park roads, cuts through picnic area, crosses Kettle Creek on a foot bridge. Follow orange blazes.
    • Daugherty Loop
      More Difficult 1.10 miles
      A nice, rambling trail through decidous wood lands and a section of hemlocks. Rock outcroppings add interest on the south facing slope. Nice views of Ole Bull Run. Mostly shaded. Circles back into Campground 1.

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