Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn and other officials dedicated new campground facilities at Col. Denning State Park in Newville last week, and discussed how the Restore Pennsylvania proposal could help address green infrastructure needs in the state.

“This new shower house and other improvements at Col. Denning bring our campers modern facilities and full-service camping, while maintaining the character and charm of this very popular state park,” Dunn said. “These improvements are essential to meeting camper expectations, just as Restore Pennsylvania is critical in addressing infrastructure needs of our state forests and state parks throughout the state.”

Restore Pennsylvania is a statewide plan to aggressively address the commonwealth’s vital infrastructure needs. Funded through a commonsense severance tax, Restore Pennsylvania is the only plan that will help make Pennsylvania a leader in the 21st century. 

Overseeing 121 state parks and more than 2.2 million acres of state forestland, DCNR faces green infrastructure needs totaling $1 billion. Col. Denning facilities upgraded at the state park dated back almost 40 years.

Today’s event marked completion of a project that included construction of a new shower house and comfort station; removal of the old comfort station and dressing stockade; and improvements to the campground’s sanitary dumping station and other infrastructure. The old campground comfort station and dressing stockade both were built in 1981.

The park’s campground is a 49-site, tent and trailer facility that opens the first of trout fishing season and closes the day after the deer hunting rifle season in December. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring.

Starting in September of 2017, and for the entire 2018 camping season, the campground was closed for construction. Work included installation of water, sewer, and electric lines necessary to modernize the campground for current public needs. Contractors finished the work in May of 2019, with the intent of opening the campground for the mid-2019 season.

Col. Denning State Park, in north-central Cumberland County, has 273 acres of woodlands and a 3.5-acre lake. The park serves as a gateway to the 96,000-acre Tuscarora State Forest surrounding the park. Its scenic, historic public lands are located in Doubling Gap, so named by the “S” turn where Blue Mountain doubles back on itself.

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For more information on Col. Denning or any of Pennsylvania’s 121 state parks, call 1-888-PA-PARKS (727-2757) between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday; or visit: . Reservations for camping are available online at:, or through the Call Center at 1-888-PA-PARKS (727-2757).

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