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Colonel Denning State Park

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Address: 1599 Doubling Gap Rd, Newville, PA 17241-9756
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Vigorous Hike and Great View

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
William S
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Fayetteville, Pennsylvania
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Fayetteville, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 overlook. What a fantastic view from the overlook across the Cumberland Valley. There was a... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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80 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 campsites where you can park your car and walk up a short distance to pitch... More 

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Thank ec0adventurer
Newville, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 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.

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Thank roxannmckee
Newburg, Pennsylvania
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38 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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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Thank Linda Z
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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 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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Thank slclwsn
Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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57 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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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24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
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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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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