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Colonel Denning State Park

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Address: 1599 Doubling Gap Rd, Newville, PA 17241-9756
Phone Number: +1 717-776-5272
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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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 October 2016
Linda Z
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Newburg, Pennsylvania
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Newburg, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles 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. Always a great place to camp. And now is an absolutely beautiful place with the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 it.

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Thank Tammy B
Newville, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

Whether you enjoy just sitting by your campfire or hiking this is a great quiet Pa State Park, with tenting, Rving, hiking, walking trails or cooling off at the beach.

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Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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24 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

Yes there is a "beach" but no lifeguards on duty. Its a swim at your own risk. I would not recommend this place for people with families.

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Newville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

my second son goes at least three times a week to mountain bike even in the winter - if there is no snow, he will ride in the summer you will see wild life all around you

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Thank Haydee G
Newville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016

This location has beautiful scenery, great picnic areas, a beach for swimming, hiking trails and playgrounds! There truly is something for everyone!

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Thank Ren1971
Newville, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016

Not much to do there,if your a hiker or like to camp and sit around its ok. Nothing close by to see.

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Thank robert k
Hagerstown, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2016

This is a nice park. Gorgeous setting. We decided to hike the Flat Rock Trail. The trail was wonderfully clean (no trash) and well maintained. It was a strenuous hike but the view at the top was well worth the effort.

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Thank Mfclingan
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2015

Lakes, hiking trails. picnic areas. Plenty of parking. All in all, a perfect place to get a little exercise and a lot of peace and quiet.

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Thank Craig H
Carlisle, Pennsylvania, USA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2015

A smaller state park with quiet camping and a dammed pond with a beach for swimming. Good day hike (steep sections) to Flat Rock for a view of the valley.

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