Dogwood Acres Campground

Pinewood Derby at Dogwood Acres

Fun for the whole family

Dogwood Acres Campground

Shiver me Timbers at Dogwood Acres

Arrrgh Pirate Fun

Dogwood Acres Campground

Christmas at Dogwood Acres

Come see Santa

There is always something fun happening at Dogwood Acres Campground. We offer a full schedule of planned activities throughout the season, right from March 31st and the opening of trout season to the last bonfire on October 30th! Annual events and typical activities include, Cinco de Mayo Weekend, Pirate Weekend, Winter Wonderland, Halloween Weekends ... and much, much more. In addition to everything that is happening right here at the campground, there is a wide range of events that are scheduled throughout the season in Cumberland County and the surrounding communities, including several major automotive events at Carlisle. Whatever weekend you choose, you can be sure that there will always be something happening at Dogwood Acres!

Activities Schedule 2018

Click to find out about our Recreation and Disc Golf


April 6-8
Opening Weekend:

Welcome back to Dogwood Acres! Come out and enjoy the early spring with us. Regional Trout season is open for Cumberland County.
April 13-15
Clean-Up Weekend:

Come join us for our clean up weekend. Meet friends and enjoy being outside. Stay 1 night free with 4 hours of labor on Saturday 8:00AM-1:00PM, followed by a welcome back thank you BBQ lunch.
April 20-22
Earth Day Weekend:

Celebrate spring with our Earth Day activities.
Spring Carlsile (Collector Car Swap Meet, Corral, & Auction) April 18th – 21st.
April 27-29
Heroes Weekend:
It’s the last weekend in April to catch the spring air. We want to honor our service men and women and give all active and retired military 1 free night with their stay.


May 4-6
Cinco de Mayo /
Chaplains Breakfast:
Saturday, come out and celebrate Cinco De Mayo with our 14th Annual Chili Cook-Off. Bring your best chili and prepare to be judged, or just come for the tasting and party. Bowls will be sold to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC). Sunday, 9:30 AM Chaplains Breakfast. Please bring a covered dish to share. DAC will provide coffee, tea, breakfast cake and place settings.
May 11-13
Mother’s Day Weekend:

Show your appreciation for our Moms. The men are cooking! Saturday morning, Mother’s Day Breakfast ($) will be in the pavilion. Moms eat free and there will be a donation for all others. Proceeds will benefit RMHC in Hershey. Sign up in store. Crafts for Mother’s Day ($).
May 18-20
Pizza Party Weekend:

Celebrate National Pizza Day on Saturday by gathering to make your own pizza mountain pie.
Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals – May 18th -20th
May 25-28
Memorial Day Weekend (3-day minimum):

Saturday and Sunday packed activity weekend. Swimming pool opens. Pinewood Derby Annual Memorial Day Race. Bring your car from home or make one at craft time. Patriotic crafts. Memorial Day observance on Sunday, where you may purchase a tree for our Memorial Garden with advanced notice. Bring a photo of yourself or family member, who has served/is serving our country for our Heroes Honor Wall. Live music with The Juice on Saturday evening.


June 1-3
Campers Yard Sale:
Set up sites for our June 2nd Yard Sale starting at 8:30 AM and going until 1:00 PM. The community is welcome.
Carlisle Ford Nationals – June 1st-3rd.
June 8-10
Wing Ding Social Weekend:

Summer is coming, let’s party with wings ($), and lots of them. Let us know who’s in (and what you are bringing) so we can prepare. Bring something that goes along with wings, or another dish to share. Even if wings are not your thing, please come to our fling. Don’t forget your favorite drink. We will provide the place settings and fixings for the wings.
June 15-17
Father’s Day Weekend:

Show your appreciation for the best Dads around on Saturday morning with a breakfast in the pavilion. The ladies are cooking. Dads will eat free, with a $ donation for all others. All proceeds to benefit RMHC of Hershey, PA. Horseshoe tournament in the afternoon. Sign up in store.
Fountain Festival in Newville
June 22-24
Fish 101 Weekend:

Come learn all about different types of fish native to our area and the basics of fishing with our very own Pondman, Kevin Laite.
Carlisle Chevrolet Nationals June 22nd -24th


June 29 - July 4
The 4th of July (3-day minimum):

Come celebrate America’s birthday with DAC. We have a jam packed weekend of activities from our 15th Annual Family create-a-boat race to our Firecracker 400 Pinewood Derby Race. Bring your own derby car or make one at craft time. There will also be a bass fishing tournament, patriotic parade, and live music featuring MLC.
July 6-8
Relaxing Weekend:

Take in the summer weather. Chill out by the pool or enjoy the air conditioned game room.
July 13-15
Picnic Weekend:

Celebrate National Picnic Day with us. Gather in the pavilion to share lunch and play games. We will compete in basketball, Can Jam, Corn Hole, and horseshoes.
Carlisle Chrysler Nationals – July 13th-15th
Hurst Nationals July 13th-14th
July 20-22
Relaxing Weekend:

Take it easy by the pool or rest up at your site. Play a game of disc golf, basketball, or shuffleboard.
July 27-29
Pool Party Weekend:

Come have a great time – pool, sun, sand castles and games. Play beach volleyball. Bring your water guns.


August 3-5
10th Annual Pirate Weekend:

Ahoy mates, if you missed last year’s swashbuckling pirates, come this year for fun and treasure hunting. Dress up: adults and children, bring all your pirate gear. Decorate your sites if you like, and get ready for an action-packed day and night.
Carlisle Truck Nationals - August 3rd-5th.
August 10-12
Ice Cream Social Weekend:

Kick back and enjoy the peaceful scenery, lay by the pool, play volleyball, or listen to music. Join us Saturday for an ice cream social in the pavilion. Dogwood brings the toppings and our ice cream is sold at a discount.
August 17-19
Ronald McDonald House Charities / PA Wounded Warriors Benefit Weekend:

Come to camp or stop down on Saturday to support our favorite charities, the Ronald McDonald House of Hershey and PA Wounded Warriors. We have a day full of activities, live music, and food.
August 23-26
Relax Weekend:

Catch one of the last weekends in summer. Fish by the pond or prepare for next week’s disc golf tournament.
Corvettes at Carlisle - August 23-26.


August 31 - September 3
Labor Day Weekend (3-day minimum):

Enjoy the activity packed weekend. Participate in the annual “Papa Jack Disc Tournament”, now our 17th year Pinewood Derby race. Bring your car from home or make one at craft time. Live band on Saturday night. Pool season comes to an end.
September 7-9
Relaxing Weekend:
Put your feet up and enjoy the mountain air. Fall is approaching fast and camping days will soon be gone for the year.
September 14-16
Chicken Corn Soup:
Bring fixin’s to make a good pot of soup. Afternoon supper will be on Saturday. $ Bowls will be sold for charity. Bring bread or side, let us know, and let’s eat.
September 21-23
Winter Wonderland:

Bring your blowups and decorations for your site. Don’t forget a wrapped present for your child/children (drop off wrapped and labeled in office). Presents will be handed out by Santa and Mrs. Claus. Break out your ugly sweater or t-shirt for Christmas dinner and our fashion show. For dinner, bring a covered dish. A donation will be appreciated toward the meal and will be donated to charity.
September 28-30
Relaxing Weekend:

Check out the changing colors on the trees for fall. Snuggle up with friends and family around the campfire.


October 5-7

Roast Pork provided by DAC. Bring covered dish for Oktoberfest. Enjoy the foliage! The Blue Mountain starts to change colors.
Fall Carlisle Collector Car Swap & Corral – October 3rd-7th.
October 12-14
Halloween Extravaganza (2-day minimum):

Children’s social, pumpkin picking/carving/painting, trick-or-treat parade, and haunted wagon ride.
October 19-21
Halloween Extravaganza (2-day minimum):

Children’s social, pumpkin picking/carving/painting, trick-or-treat parade, and haunted wagon ride.
All Weekends are 2 night minimum. All Holidays are a 3 night minimum.
Events may change due to weather or non participation. Check website for changes.
Wagon rides Saturday evenings.
Worship service starts May 13 and ends September 23.

Recreation & Disc Golf

Dogwood Acres provides campers with a full range of top quality recreational amenities.
As our guest, you will enjoy access to everything you need to insure that every member of your family will have an enjoyable stay. In addition to the amenities that you would expect to find, we also offer a fishing pond which contains sizeable fish, not just wishes, pedal cart rentals, hiking trails, and a 9-hole disc golf course which was remodeled for 2009. Have a great time around the swimming pool. Youngsters 5-12 can experience our “Hundred Acre Wood” wooden playground climbing experience. Youngsters are sure to enjoy that new amenity. Many of our planned activities are centered around our recreation hall and other recreational amenities. Whatever your recreational pursuits, our goal is to exceed your expectations.

• Swimming Pool • Fishing Pond • Wooden Playground • Disc (Frisbee) Golf • Pedal Cart Rentals •
• Paddle Boat Rentals • Basketball • Volleyball • Shuffleboard • Bocce • Horseshoes •
• Recreation Hall • Game Room • Bike and Hiking Trails Nearby •

Hiking Trails

There is a wide range of excellent hiking opportunities within immediate proximity of Dogwood Acres, ranging from short hikes suitable for families to longer, more challenging treks for more experienced hikers. The campground offers close access to the Flat Rock Trail, with a 2.5 mile hike up to Flat Rock’s beautifully scenic vista of the Cumberland Valley. Another nearby hike is on the Tuscarora Trail, the northernmost portion of an Appalachian Trail bypass route that may be followed to reach the Appalachian Trail. Other nearby hiking options include the Cider Path, the Woodburn Trail, the Bill Miller Trail, and the Lightner Trail. Waggoner’s Gap Hawk Watch is a 20 minute drive down Route 944 to Route 74. Sit atop Waggoner’s Gap and see both sides of Cumberland and Perry Counties. Observe raptors in migration.

Disc Golf

Disc golf has a long history at Dogwood Acres. Early in the 1970s Papajack Roddick and his son Dan “Stork” Roddick installed a nine hole course using modified tractor trailer tires as ground baskets. The result was one of the earliest disc golf courses in the country. At present there are over 2500 courses shown in the PDGA course directory as well as many unlisted ones hiding in parks, campgrounds and playgrounds all over the country. Most of them can be played for free, needing only one or two golf discs usually costing under ten dollars, surely making this the best bargain in sports. The tires have long since been replaced with basket targets. These were fabricated by camper Charlie Witman using materials bought by some of the golfers anxious to leave the ground basket world. The original holes continue to move to accommodate the changing nature of the campground.

With the installation of our new swimming pool in 2009 came the need to move some holes, and we took the opportunity to completely remodel the course. New holes were plotted with increased risk=reward potential. We now take advantage of many trees, hills and the lake to make a course which players find more challenging and interesting than before. Rubber Fly Pad tee pads were installed on all holes, making footing perfect for those long throws now needed to clear the lake on holes #2, #5 and #6. Hole #4, from a high hill to a basket guarded by trees on the left and the lake on the right is probably our signature hole, although the return to old hole #9 is the favorite of many.

Campers play almost every weekend and the annual Labor Day tournament, now named the Papajack Open is in its 19th year. Whether you are a serious player or a casual player with a new interest in the sport, you will surely enjoy the disc golf course at Dogwood Acres!