Colonel Denning State Park RV & Campground Guide


Colonel Denning State Park is a public recreation area used for a variety of outdoor activities in Lower Mifflin Township, Pennsylvania. The state park is nestled in the Doubling Gap of the Blue Mountains, a ridge of the Appalachians that runs through the state of Pennsylvania. It is also surrounded by the dense Tuscarora State Forest, a fantastic setting for some of the best sites the region has to offer. The park encompasses a total land area of 273 acres and contains the 3.5-acre Doubling Gap Lake, a popular waterfront attraction. It was established in 1936 in honor of William Denning, a builder of wrought iron cannons and renowned veteran of the American Revolution. A few Pennsylvania cities you can access nearby to regroup include Landisburg, Newville, and Loysville.

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Spring 30-71 F
Summer 58-84 F
Fall 42-82 F
Winter 20-41 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Colonel Denning State Park

An RV is a great way to travel, as it can offer features like window seating, increased storage, and overall convenience to your trip to Colonel Denning State Park. If you don't own an RV, consider renting one through RVshare.

Dogwood Acres Campground, Inc.

Dogwood Acres Campground, Inc., is a locally owned campground in Newville, Pennsylvania, that has been in the region for decades. It has a serene atmosphere that serves as an ideal resting place after your adventures in the state park. The RV park includes a total of 100 sites, and each of them comes equipped with full hookups. Amenities to enjoy here include a fountain, swimming pool, and fire rings. The address of Dogwood Acres Campground, Inc., is 500 Enola Rd, Newville, PA 17241.

Paradise Stream Family Campground

Paradise Stream Family Campground is a family-friendly RV park located in Loysville, Pennsylvania. It includes an on-site general store that offers supplies such as propane and seasoned firewood. Other amenities you can look forward to at Paradise Stream include heated bathhouses, free Wi-Fi, and a laundry room. The nightly rate for standard full-hookup sites is $64, and the nightly rate for full hookup sites with a view of the lake is $69. The address of Paradise Stream Family Campground is 693 Paradise Stream Rd, Loysville, PA 17047.

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What to Do at
Colonel Denning State Park

Inside Colonel Denning State Park

Tuscarora State Forest is an ideal hunting destination, offering game species such as turkeys, white-tailed deer, and squirrels. You can also head to the forest if you are looking for a rewarding hike through the dense greenery. Spanning an impressive 105 miles, Tuscarora Trail is the longest hiking path at Colonel Denning State Park and certainly one of the most popular. There are also 200 picnic tables located throughout the premises if you want to enjoy a relaxing afternoon under the trees. Moreover, trout fishing, water skiing, and swimming are common attractions you can look forward to at Doubling Gap Lake.

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How to Get to
Colonel Denning State Park

Pittsburgh and Baltimore are two major U.S. cities that are convenient to travel from to Colonel Denning State Park. On the way from Pittsburgh, start by getting onto I-579 S. Merge onto I-376 E from Boulevard of the Allies. Follow I-76 E to PA-997 N in Lurgan Township, then take Exit 201 from I-76 E. After continuing on PA-997 N, drive to PA-233 N in Lower Mifflin Township to arrive at the destination.

On the way from Baltimore, start by getting onto I-83 N from E Lexington St. After continuing on I-83 N to Silver Spring Township, take Exit 57 from I-81 S. You will arrive at the destination after taking Spring Rd and PA-850 W to PA-233 S in Lower Mifflin Township. The address of Colonel Denning State Park is 1599 Doubling Gap Rd, Newville, PA 17241.

Entering Colonel Denning State Park

Colonel Denning State Park opens up at 8 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m seven days a week.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Colonel Denning State Park

What is the best time of year to visit Colonel Denning State Park?

Plan your visit to Colonel Denning State Park in the summer to enjoy the stunning 3.5-acre lake. Fishing, boating and swimming are popular during the warmer months. You’ll also have access to the 96,000-acre Tuscarora State Forest.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Colonel Denning State Park?

Colonel Denning State Park has 49 campsites available for RVs and tents. The campground is open from April until December. Each campsite has a fire ring and picnic table. There’s also a dump station, restroom with showers and environmental center.

Do you have to reserve a camping spot at Colonel Denning State Park and what is the cost?

Reservations can be made up to 11 months in advance. While it's not necessary to reserve a site ahead of time, it’s the best way to get your ideal spot. Expect to pay a $6.50 nonrefundable fee per reservation.

Are pets allowed at Colonel Denning State Park?

Many of the trails and campsites at Colonel Denning State Park are pet-friendly. Your pet is not allowed in the swimming area or inside any of the buildings. Be sure to clean up any waste and provide plenty of water.

Is Colonel Denning State Park accessible for disabled visitors?

Several of the campsites and the bathroom facilities are ADA-accessible. You'll also have no problem accessing the park office and public phone. Don't forget to check out the wheelchair-friendly Doubling Gap Nature Trail.