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Colonel Denning State Park

1599 Doubling Gap Rd, Newville, PA 17241-9756
+1 717-776-5272
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Decent park, though I would recommend the walk-in sites!

We camped here during the 2nd week of October, and stayed at one of the roughly 1/2 dozen walk-in... read more

Reviewed 23 October 2017
Bradley C
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Weekend camp and hike

We camp with a 26' travel trailer. The lower sites are difficult to access. Be prepared to back you... read more

Reviewed 23 October 2017
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“flat rock” (11 reviews)
“small lake” (2 reviews)
1599 Doubling Gap Rd, Newville, PA 17241-9756
+1 717-776-5272
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Reviewed 23 October 2017

We camped here during the 2nd week of October, and stayed at one of the roughly 1/2 dozen walk-in sites. Our initial site was a bit too open (lacking in tree cover), but because the campground was not overly crowded, we were able to switch...More

Thank Bradley C
Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

We camp with a 26' travel trailer. The lower sites are difficult to access. Be prepared to back you trailer down a short road into site. Upper loop is probably a better option for RV's but there is a steep but not impossible hill to...More

Thank 2happycamperz
Reviewed 27 August 2017

We spent the weekend hiking Flat Rock Trail, swimming in the lake and playing on the playground, had a great time! We had Emily, one of the park ranger's talk to us about snakes laying in the sun. Ken, campground host, made us feel very...More

Thank KEWE90
Reviewed 10 July 2017

I visited the Colonel Denning lake with my husband and 15 month old son the Friday before July 4th weekend. Online, it stated that the beach opened for swimming at 10 AM - we arrived at that time and were the first on the beach....More

Thank Ashlee R
Reviewed 23 May 2017

We had our daughters wedding here and it was beautiful and the staff was very friendly and helpful. I hike here alot and the trails are awesome

Thank slhock1957
Reviewed 24 February 2017

A small group of senior hikers climbed the mountain staring from the park office area to Flat Rock on a beautiful day in February 2017. This was an intensely uphill hike to the 'wagon wheel' area, then another difficult uphill hike to the Flat Rock...More

Thank William S
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Camping, hiking, a small lake, and educational programs. Well-managed campground with host, typical amenities, education building, amphitheater, and creek running through. Nice spot and campers are friendly with a sense of community, plus a small lake for swimming and "beach" atmosphere. There are also walk-in...More

Thank ec0adventurer
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Nothing there anymore. When I was growing up it was always packed with campers, picnickers, swimmers and more . You would always have a problem finding a place to have your picnic. Would be nice if it had a pool like Little Buffalo.

Thank roxannmckee
Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

This is the best kept secret in central PA. Beside the beauty lake with a huge beach there are lots of hiking trails for everyone. From easy to rugged. There is also fishing, a nice playground and camping with activities provided by the PA DNCR....More

Thank Linda Z
Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

We really enjoyed Colonel Dennings. We never camped there. Because we live 2 miles away. But it seems very nice. They are having a water problem right now. They keep losing water. Don't know when it will be fixed. But take the time go enjoy...More

Thank Tammy B
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