At just 132 acres, Ole Bull State Park is a great little spot to enjoy some low-intensity hiking while escaping the daily grind of city life. Also great for swimmers, Ole Bull offers several recreational opportunities throughout the year. Five miles of hiking trails wind their way throughout Ole Bull State Park, providing several pieces of scenery and viewpoints to catch.
The Daughtry Loop Trail is particularly fascinating, as it follows several pieces of old logging and railroad paths from the 1800s through the famous Black Forests of Pennsylvania. For the more dedicated daytrippers, there's also a portion of the Susquehannock Trail System that runs through Ole Bull State Park.
The 85-mile length of the trail passes through three states and provides a great five-day expedition for those looking to have an adventure. Make sure to check out the trail guides found on the Pennsylvania State Parks' website before heading out. Canines are welcome on all trails within the Ole Bull State Park network.
Ole Bull State Park offers a 150-foot swimming beach on Kettle Creek that's open seasonally. No safety staff is posted at this location, so guests swim at their own risks. Canines can enjoy the shores here as long as they're on a leash, and guests clean up and waste that they might leave behind. Guests are asked to keep their dogs out of the water.
Kettle Creek also has some excellent fishing for guests, with several species of trout populating the area. No rental services exist, so guests should make sure to pack up everything they might need while on a fishing expedition. Pennsylvania state requires all anglers to purchase a fishing license before trying their luck, so do your best to pick one up at any of the state park offices during operating hours.
Overnight guests can choose from 24 total standard campsites, offering water and electrical hookups. In addition to these standard offerings, there's also Ole Bull Cabin, a 12-capacity building containing amenities like a modern kitchen, flush toilets, and full air conditioning. Reservations for this log cabin can be made up to six months in advance on the Pennsylvania State Parks' website.