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Colonel Denning State Park, Newville

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.1/5 based on 25+ reviews on the web
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  • 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 w...  read more »
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • Love the view of Flat Rock! It is also a Great Place to have Picnics! Many good memories at this place. Definitely try it out!
  • Love the beach and the kids always ask to go! Has been our spot for years. Great family fun!
  • The best thing about this park is the hiking trails. I like to do the Flat Rock Trail several times a year.
  • I use to enjoy this park, today my sister and I were horseback riding and realized how rude people in there vehicles are. They fly up and down the park roads. An older man driving a DCNR truck yelled at us and told us we shoudnt be riding horses there. We were riding in the designated area. So as of today we are not going back and a lot of other people are complaining also. The Hunters think they own the roads and trails.
  • CAMPING: The main loops of this campgrounds are in heavy use by campers. The lower loop looked like a parking lot. In the upper loop I encourage you to stay on the outside of the ring. Sites 20/21 looked good. We were at site 23 and very very close to our neighbors with no ground cover between. If you're in a tent, try to get a spot down the walk in area. HIKING: We followed the path laid out by +Pan Bartek four years ago. It was a great hike. It was 7 miles from the campground and around the loop. My very fit 10 year old and I tackled it Memorial Day. We picked up the trail head just past the parking area. Cider Path (very steep up) to left on Warner Trail (We never saw a sign for Wildcat Run) to right on Tuscarora Trail (steep as you get close) to Flat rock vista. That's about 5 miles and we only passed one other couple hiking. We headed back to the campground via Flatrock Trail (very steep down) When we got to the vista my daughter said, "It was all worth it" One call out - As you head up Cider Path you'll come to a fenced in area with a pass through on the right side. The path continues IN the fenced area which is to control deer movement. Also...the blazes get a bit spotty at times. If you pass an old log cabin and lots of No Trespassing signs you've missed the turn :-). In the spring there were a few creeks to cross that may be dried up in the summer. Don't expect cell service as you get in to the camp!
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