Ole Bull State Park, Cross Fork

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Ole Bull State Park is a 132acre Pennsylvania state park in Stewardson Township, Potter County, Pennsylvania in the United States. The park is located on Pennsylvania Route 144, north of Renovo and south of Galeton. Ole Bull State Park is in the Kettle Creek Valley, and is surrounded by Susquehannock State Forest. The woods surrounding the park are called the Black Forest because of its once dense tree cover.
New NorwayOle Bull State Park is named for Ole Borneman Bull. Ole Bull was a famous Norwegian violinist. He visited the United States several times and played with great success. While visiting the United States, Bull became interested in founding a colony for his fellow countrymen. In 1852, he purchased of land for $10,000 in Pennsylvania and founded the colony, which was called New Norway. He established four communities, New Bergen (now known as Carter Camp), Oleana, New Norway and Valhalla in the Kettle Creek area. Ole Bull began work on a "castle", which he named Nordjenskald. The castle and the communities were abandoned in less than a year. The problems encountered by the Norwegian pioneers were mainly based on the inexperience of the farmers in dealing with clearing the land of its many trees. The Norwegians, however, did not give up. They migrated west into Minnesota and the Dakotas. The settlement may have failed, but Ole Bull was not forgotten. The citizens of Norway paid for the construction of a monument to honor Ole Bull. The statue was placed in the park on the 150th anniversary of New Norway in 2002.
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  • We loved our 3 night visit there, even though it rained most of the trip! The cabin is wonderful inside and out! Its far enough away from other campers to not see them, but close enough if you want to...  more »
  • Just a gem. It really is - quaint, off the road enough to not hear vehicles except those monster trucks with the huge tires and bikes with loud pipes. Kettle Creek runs right through it. Very easy to ...  more »
  • If you're looking for peace, serenity and nature this is the place. They call it God's Country for a reason. The loop by the sandy beach is where we always stay sited 57, 58 and 59 are off by themselves and our favorite. The bathrooms are very clean, showers are hot, there is a swimming area with a sandy beach area (no lifeguards). The stream that runs through is perfect for kids exploring catching cray fish and minnows. Hiking trails, etc. The road around the loop is gravel and flat great for riding bikes - a quick drive down the road and you may get to see some of the majestic elk that now call this place home. This campground is the perfect place to disconnect from reality and technology. There is no cell service mostly. Some Verizon customers may get spotty service. Take your kids outside and play with them in nature. You wont regret coming here!
  • A big shout out to Ben from Rochester, who took my son under his wing for trout fishing August 2019. Unfortunately, didn't get his contact info, but if you ever read this: Thanks!!! Also, to the amazing campground hosts ( thanks for the coloring book and crayons 🙂)and friendly staff. Beautiful grounds. We've been here a few times. The staff are meticulous in keeping it and the bathrooms clean. The kids love fishing or just wading, and swimming area. I think the wood shed has been fixed up, so the wood was drier then in previous years. (The showers in loop 1 did seem colder then in the past).

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