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Old 10-24-2014, 08:45 PM   #11
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Our goal is to stay at every state park in PA - there are like 120 of them. We have stayed at Caledonia & Colonel Denning this year. We are going to try Ole Bull during bear season. I especially want to go to Trough Creek for the balanced rock, suspension bridge, and Rainbow Falls. Hopefully next spring!
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Old 10-24-2014, 08:50 PM   #12
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Welcome from the Northeast corner of the state, home of the great Frein hunt of 2014. Lots of good info in here, people always willing to give advice. As for PA state parks, they have two strikes against them for me: not all are dog friendly and you can't sit around your campfire and have a beer (because apparently we're not responsible enough adults to have an adult beverage while we're camping here in PA.) So private CGs and RV parks for me. A little more expensive, but usually nicer and more catering to their guests. Good luck with the new to you rig!
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Old 10-24-2014, 09:22 PM   #14
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Our goal is to stay at every state park in PA - there are like 120 of them. We have stayed at Caledonia & Colonel Denning this year. We are going to try Ole Bull during bear season. I especially want to go to Trough Creek for the balanced rock, suspension bridge, and Rainbow Falls. Hopefully next spring!
Tom and I go to Trough Creek quite a bit! In fact, that was our go-to place when we wanted to get away for the weekend somewhere fairly close. He is familiar with the area as his family had a hunting cabin nearby. We found a site there we love and just went up Friday after work and were sitting by the campfire by 730 - 8pm! It was a little difficult in the pop-up, for me at least as they do not have flush toilets or running water in the bathrooms.
It is a great place however and we really enjoy it! Hopefully we will run into you there sometime. We went to Shawnee State Park quite a bit last year too, about the same distance as Trough Creek since its closer to the Turnpike.
And Colonel Denning is a great little park too! On weekends that 1 or both of us has to work on Saturday mornings, we will set up down there and just run to work since its close enough.
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As for PA state parks, they have two strikes against them for me: not all are dog friendly and you can't sit around your campfire and have a beer (because apparently we're not responsible enough adults to have an adult beverage while we're camping here in PA.)
I totally agree with you on this one Taranwanderer! We have a dog that goes everywhere with us and some of the PA parks have limited pet sites that make it hard to get a spot when we want to go camping. I don't know why they do it that way? I am originally from NY and up there its like an "all but" policy - pets welcome everywhere BUT so and so sites, which is just usually a loop away from the others, with the majority being pet friendly....makes it much easier! And alcohol is allowed as well in NY, another plus.
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Old 10-24-2014, 09:43 PM   #16
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I have finally got an album put together of our project (18 pictures). Check it out under my profile when you get a chance.
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Welcome from southeast Pa. As far as I'm concerned allowing pets was the downfall of Pa State Parks. The whole time we camped growing up was pet free, Pit toilets and hand pumps. I was at French Creek this past summer... You guessed it, Yapping dogs. I also don't drink, so I don't understand why everything has to center around alcohol. Seems it leads to loud conversations later in the evening when were tying to rest. Seems folks don't realize how well sound travels in the woods. On the plus side they are making efforts to get hookups in the parks instead of more Yurts. My 2 cents.
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Welcome from New England. Enjoy your new fun filled and frustrating weekends. If you ever travel up to New England, CT has two state parks right on the beach.
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Welcome from southeastern PA.

Wow, just looked at the photos, that was quite the project. Looks great. Hope you got a deal on the camper to put in 59 hours of work.

A great way to learn where everything is in your camper, just gut it.

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Welcome from southeast Pa. As far as I'm concerned allowing pets was the downfall of Pa State Parks. The whole time we camped growing up was pet free, Pit toilets and hand pumps. I was at French Creek this past summer... You guessed it, Yapping dogs. I also don't drink, so I don't understand why everything has to center around alcohol. Seems it leads to loud conversations later in the evening when were tying to rest. Seems folks don't realize how well sound travels in the woods. On the plus side they are making efforts to get hookups in the parks instead of more Yurts. My 2 cents.
Yeah, stinky pit toilets, hand pumps, teeny sites jammed right up against each other, and yurts are just great. Don't spend any DCNR $ on making improvements to the SPs, just let them lag behind every other state's. Our state parks are pathetic compared to other states' parks. As to your two other concerns: there are no bad dogs, only bad owners. I'm sure a quick visit by one of DCNR's Finest would cure any barking dog issues, or they'd be asked to leave. God knows if I was bold enough to pull out a beer and crack it open, they'd be on my site like stink on you know what to be kicking me out. And who said anything about camping being "centered around" alcohol? I'm not talking about a bunch of kids getting rip-roaring drunk, I'm talking about being a responsible, 40-something adult relaxing around the fire with a beer or two. But because we can't patrol and correct peoples' bad behavior individually as it comes up, everyone has to suffer and be denied the privilege. It's like high school all over again. You can keep the SPs, bro. I'll patronize the private CGs that are actually happy to have my business and treat me like an adult.

Sorry to the OP for high jacking your welcome thread, but PA SPs are a big pet peeve of mine. Again, welcome to the forums, don't hesitate to ask questions, there's lots of help and knowledge available on here.
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