Covering 132 acres in Potter County, Pennsylvania, Ole Bull State Park is situated along the Kettle Creek Valley. With myriad recreational opportunities and pet-friendly camping, this lovely park is well worth a visit at any time of year.
The park is located in an area known as the Black Forest because it once boasted thick tree cover to go with its mountainous terrain. While the level of tree coverage has significantly diminished, there are still some beautiful natural sights to explore on the park's five miles of hiking trails. Mountain bikers are also welcome in the park, while cross-country skiing and snowmobiling are available in winter.
If you like fishing, the clear waters of Kettle Creek and Ole Bull Run are home to brook, brown, and rainbow trout. A designated swimming area provides a place to cool off in summer, while there's also a scenic picnic area for anyone who fancies a bite to eat beside the river.
If you're staying the night, the campground boasts more than 40 electrical sites. Please note that the campground is split into two separate areas. Camping Area No. 1 sits on the northern bank of Kettle Creek and does not permit pets. However, Camping Area No. 2, south of the creek, does welcome pets. Make sure you choose a pet-friendly campsite when booking your stay.
In Pennsylvania state parks, the base price for camping is $15 for residents and $20 for out-of-state residents. Designated pet campsites come with a $2 nightly fee, while other amenities may also incur additional charges. However, Pennsylvania state parks do not charge an entrance fee.
Pets must remain leashed at all times and you'll need to clean up after your dog whenever required. If you can manage these simple responsibilities, there's nothing to stop you and your four-legged family member having the paw-fect vacation in this pristine state park.