With beautiful natural scenery and a relaxed atmosphere, Colonel Denning State Park is well worth a visit. Located in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, this 273-acre park is the pawfect spot for a tranquil camping vacation with your furry friend.
The park is home to Doubling Gap Lake, a man-made lake that covers 3.5 acres. There's a sand beach open for swimming from late-May to mid-September, while non-motorized canoes and kayaks can be used on the lake. And if you want to cast a line, the cool waters boast decent trout fishing. Please note, however, that pets aren't allowed on the beach.
Elsewhere, picnic tables and charcoal grills are dotted throughout the park, while playground equipment is available to keep younger guests entertained. There are also two hiking trails contained entirely within Colonel Denning State Park, with cross-country skiing permitted in winter.
If you're keen to explore even further afield, the park serves as a gateway to the 96,000-acre Tuscarora State Forest, which surrounds this lovely nature refuge.
There are no entrance fees for state parks in Pennsylvania, but you'll need to check the camping fees that apply when booking your site. The tent and trailer campground in Colonel Denning State Park boasts 49 sites and is open from the first day of trout season until the day after rifle deer season in December.
If you're camping with your dog, please note that pets are allowed on designated sites only. You'll need to keep your pooch leashed (on a leash six feet or shorter) and under control at all times. Also, please make sure that you clean up after your furry friend whenever required.
Colonel Denning State Park has plenty to offer to dog lovers and their canine pals. Whether you're planning a relaxing weekend away or an action-packed adventure, you'll find something for just about everyone in this scenic spot. Make sure you add it to your list of must-visit camping spots.