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Thanksgiving Weekend Camping in PA state park - not the Thanksgiving Group Rally
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July 30, 2015 - 10:34 am
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DW has to work on Black Friday so I'm thinking of taking my son and dogs out for some camping.  I want to go to a PA state park that I have not been before.  Being the end of November not many PA state parks are open.  I have found Colonel Denning, Worlds End, and Raymond B Winter are open through December and I have never been there. 

Does anyone have any pictures of those parks? Has anyone been there late in the season?

I wonder if I can talk DW into having Thanksgiving dinner early so I can leave Thursday afternoon  :crazydance:

Matt O 2006 Skyline Nomad 27' travel trailer.  Previously owned 1986 Coleman Columbia / 1992 Coleman Senecca / 1989 Born Free Class C RV.

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July 30, 2015 - 1:05 pm
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I have never been to any of them, but RB Winter is Tracy's (tlhdoc) base campground. She could tell you a lot about it. Below is a recap that Bruce posted after his visit.

"We camped this weekend at R.B. Winter State Park and it's a keeper for us. Small, 60 site campground. Many sites are trailer friendly, some are tent only for a good mix. Starting in 2009 the campground will allow pets in designated areas.  The bathhouses are clean, modern and heated.  The campsites are nestled in pine and hemlock trees, well-shaded and for the most part nicely spaced.  The campground is quiet and off the beaten track in the midst of the Bald Eagle State Forest so hiking, biking and equestrian areas are close by.  The beach is a nice size and the lake scenery is very pleasant."

He also had a post about Colonel Denning. Note that there are only vault toilets & no showers. There is, however, a dump station for your self contained trailer.

"Colonel Denning is on our list of parks to return to.  We really enjoyed this park.  The 2.5 mile hike up to Scenic Rocks, while strenous (very), is definitely worth it."

Matt, if you are looking for something close to home, Elk Neck in MD will be open until Dec 1st this yr. They won't be year round this year.  :'(

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July 31, 2015 - 9:26 pm
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Worlds End is my favorite park, been going since the 70s. Just a beautiful area in the right season, acres of forest to explore

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https://picasaweb.google.com/117628741478183991320/WorldsEndStateParkLoyalsockStateForest02

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August 3, 2015 - 8:34 am
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I have no problems using my potty and shower in the TT and I have a blue tote to empty the tanks if I need to so Colonel Denning wouldn't be an issue.  I like the idea of RB Winter being small.  To me that sounds like it isn't over used. 

Yak, awesome pictures.  I have heard you talk about worlds end before  I'll have my 6yo so I don't know if he will realize the hike to the view is worth it or if I'll be hearing "are we there yet" :baseballhat:  I think in another year or two I can make him do it "for your own good and you WILL like it"  :ranger:

Suzanne, what will you do for NYE for your open ender?

Matt O 2006 Skyline Nomad 27' travel trailer.  Previously owned 1986 Coleman Columbia / 1992 Coleman Senecca / 1989 Born Free Class C RV.

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August 3, 2015 - 10:17 am
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Not sure yet, Matt. We are considering Aquia Pines in VA outside of DC. They run a brewery on the premises 🙂 so a couple of folks are going to check it out some time this month.

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August 3, 2015 - 10:56 pm
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Most of the places can be driven to. The 2 main pics are from the parking lot at High Knob

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August 4, 2015 - 3:35 pm
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Colonel Denning is 2 hours away
Raymond B Winter is 2 hours 45 minutes away
Worlds End is 3 1/2 hours away. 

For distance reasons I'm liking Colonel Denning.  But it is a 3 day weekend....do I go for the long distance?  But Thanksgiving is the most traveled holiday, do I want to be on the road pulling a 27 foot trailer with a million other people?

Matt O 2006 Skyline Nomad 27' travel trailer.  Previously owned 1986 Coleman Columbia / 1992 Coleman Senecca / 1989 Born Free Class C RV.

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August 7, 2015 - 9:38 am
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Most of the parks in the Pocono region are open for bear and deer hunters. 

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