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Dogwood Acres Campground
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8 reviews
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“Awesome Experience”
Reviewed January 23, 2012

I have a family and travel throughout the east coast. I visited Dogwood 6 times this past year. Each experience was incredible. The owners strive to make everyones stay enjoyable and safe. As we are all aware, many people do not "watch" their children however, the park ensures safetyy for their guests. With the fabulous lake, swimming pool and play ground, we need to ensure as parents we monitor our children- it would be tragic to lose a child to drowning.
There are many seasonal campers.. Their sites are impeccable, flowers planted and most important welcome visitors. The campground does many fund raisiers for the community. I had the pleasure to experience the Cancer fund raiser for a local resident which raised over 7k dollars even though we experienced a snow storm- the owner provided a huge tent with heaters, live bands, etc to ensure the success of the event.
A very friendly campground for families, children and friends. The pool is beautiful, frisbee golf, beautiful fishing pond, new playground equipment, etc. The creek running through the property is beautiful. Having 3 children of my own, I would recommend everyone visit dogwood acres!

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed December 28, 2011

My family camps throughout Southcentral PA at least 6 times per year. This was the worst experience that we have ever had. It is better-suited for seasonal campers. At first the owners seemed to be genuinely concerned about our well-being. It turned out that they were watching everything we did! We don't drink, party, nor cause issues, but the owners always seemed to be in our business. They continuously yelled at our children and kept barking orders...

Don't park there!
Don't touch the fire ring! Don't move that rock!
Don't ride your bike there!
Don't get dirt on our fishing dock!
Don't talk, walk, take a breath, nor eat without letting us know!

Very disappointing!

Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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8 Thank Familycampingnuts
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York, Pennsylvania
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed October 1, 2011

I have going to this campground for 5 years. At first, my wife and I found it very enjoyable. As time went on however, the rules and the personality of the owners made it feel like being in prison. The owner frequently berated people, using foul language, and generally treating his customers like inmates. Watch out for gossip-happy people that like to make trouble for others. As stated in other reviews, there are more rules in this campground than any I have ever seen. In short, if you want a relaxed and enjoyable time, don't camp in Dogwood Acres Campground. a.k.a. Dogwood Concentration Camp(ground)

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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11 Thank RVingFan
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Newark, Delaware
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
Reviewed July 20, 2011

We stayed at this campground because of the award they won for being "small campground of the year" and that we like to try new places. We came in on Sunday and left Tuesday. There were very few people at the campground. Over 50% of the sites are seasonals Our check in was fine and our site (#16) was very wide and shaded. The site was level and graveled. We had the nice pool to ourselves almost the entire time. The bathroom were clean, but there is only 1 bathhouse with 2 showers and two toilets, however there is another at the office building. I can see how that would be inadequate when many more campers are on site.
The owners were very "hands on" and were working all day around the camp. They have worked hard to bring the camp up to its current condition.
We had 1 big issue: the WiFi service. It is $10 per day..way too much. The owner doesn't make any money on it, but most places it is free or much cheaper. We weren't able to get logged on later on in the day and they service was anything but helpful. Essentially, we spent 2 hours arguing with the company without resolution. For $10 and the principle of it! The owner tried as well, and couldn't help. This is a big negative for us.
There are rules for liability sake, but not so constricting that we couldn't enjoy ourselves. (Ok..so I can't dive in the pool or need to have the kids at our site by dark or can only have 2 dogs) We find that the people who complain about the rules are the ones who violate them so much.
We would consider coming back if the WiFi isssue is resolved. They do need more bathroom facilities. But a place with over 50% seasonals, must be doing something right.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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York, Pennsylvania
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed June 1, 2011

The owner was a total nut-job, literally dual personality.
Stay away from this place.
Only wanted to make some money off us.

We would have left after the first incident (there were 5, at least) with the owners if the kids were not having such a great time.

The last night we stayed Mr.Macho blew up in front of the children (swearing included) and we left first thing in the AM.

STAY AWAY IF YOU HAVE KIDS, please!!!

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with family
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11 Thank Campfucious
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York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed June 1, 2011

Not a kid friendly park. Not happy with our experience at Dogwood Acres. Bathroom was so small it was hard to move in them. Only two shower stalls in the whole park & only able to use for 5min. time period. Very strict rules with every activity making it hard to be enjoyable. Would make a good 55 & over campround for only motorhomes. No accessible hiking. Many things advertised as having were not available or not adequate enough to enjoy. Quite a dissapointment. I would highly recommend the owners to change there website to attract the kind of campers there looking for.

Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
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13 Thank campcritic
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Wrightsville, Pennsylvania
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed May 30, 2011

By far the worst camping experience our family and friends have had in the last 10 years. We like to try new campgrounds each year and this was the first time I have felt compelled to let people know how terrible our weekend was. The owner was unreasonable, short tempered and judgmental. The customer service was awful because we were made to feel as a bother merely for expecting the services we paid for. We are an experienced camping group and have never been treated so poorly or had such a stressful time. Our group was crammed into an area that was not even designated for camping and still charging per site where there was none. All that mattered was the almighty $$$$. Sad memories and sad kiddos for this weekend :(

  • Stayed May 2011
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11 Thank happycampers1218
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Property: Dogwood Acres Campground
Address: 4500 Enola Rd, Newville, PA 17241-9743
Location: United States > Pennsylvania > Newville
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Newville

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