Colonel Denning State Park, Newville

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  • August 26, 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...  more »
  • July 10, 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 ...  more »
  • May 22, 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  more »
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  • June 6, 2017
    Colonel Denning State Park has a wonderful and well maintained trail that leads to Flat Rock overlook as well as a series of other linked trails. The difficultly level is moderate to difficult due to a steep and largely rocky incline. The trail is 2.5 miles leading to the scenic overlook. Round trip the hike is approx. 5 miles and took us about 2.5 hrs to complete at an average pace. If this is your first visit study a map before you go or grab one at the information sign just before the entrance to the trail. Trail starts across the bridge from the educational center.
  • June 14, 2017
    I can't speak for the whole park, but based alone on the Flat Rock hike I'm rating 5 years. Fantastic, fun, and beautiful hike. I try to take my dog a few times a year. The park has plenty of parking and seems well kept.
  • April 19, 2017
    Camping Went camping with several young children in April. It is a small and quiet campground with wooded areas, a small lake and a small playground. It was a pleasant experience, however, my only complaint would be about the bathrooms. None of the bathrooms had running water, which means no showers or hand washing. The bathrooms stink since you are just dedicating in a glorified hole. Also there is no water at the camp sites. The park looked nice with a small waterfall at the lake, however, the lake was not open for swimming. The flat rock trail and scenic over look was nice and well worth the hike. Keep in mind that the 2.5 mile hike is almost all up hill and takes over an hour to make it up. I've camped at a few other state parks and enjoyed them a bit more than Colonel Denning. I will likely not return for camping unless the bathrooms are renovated with running water and showers.
  • May 22, 2017
    Had a nice hike on the Flat Rock Trail last weekend. Beautiful view at the top. Saw lots of campers with people enjoying their time at the park.
  • May 30, 2017
    Camped overnight with my wife and dog. Great trails for pets, and lovely camping space. If you need firewood and they don't have any, they have directions to a nearby farm with a barn full of dry wood.

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