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 2017

Click to find out about our Recreation and Disc Golf


April 1-2
Opening Weekend:

First weekend of trout season in nearby streams.
April 7-9
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 thank you BBQ lunch.
April 14-16
Easter Weekend:

Come celebrate the spring holiday. Join us for Easter activities with a child and adult Easter egg hunt. We will have a Sunday morning service.
April 21-23
Relaxing Weekend:
Enjoy the spring time. Play disc golf, horseshoes, and spend time with friends and family.
Spring Carlisle Collector, car swap meet, corral & auction - April 19-23.
April 28-30
Relaxing Weekend:
It’s the last weekend in April to catch the spring air. Come out and enjoy a campfire, fishing, and the mountain breeze. Take a hike nearby.


May 5-7
Cinco de Mayo and our 13th Annual Chili Cook-Off /
Chaplains Covered Dish Breakfast:
Saturday, come out and celebrate Cinco de Mayo a little early with our Annual Chili Cook-Off. Bring out your best chili and prepare to be judged. 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 12-14
Mother’s Day:

Show your appreciation for our Moms. The men are cooking! Saturday morning, Mother’s Day Breakfast ($) will be in the pavilion. Moms eat free and there will be a donation for all others. Proceeds will benefit RMHC in Hershey. Sign up in store. Crafts for Mother’s Day ($). Sunday, The Cornerstone Quartet to sing for moms.
May 19-21
Relaxing Weekend:

Come out and enjoy camping before the holiday hits and school lets out.
Carlisle Import & Performance Nationals – May 19-21.
May 26-29
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 2-4
Campers Yard Sale:
Set up sites for June 3rd Yard Sale starting at 8:30 AM and going until 1:00 PM. The community is welcome.
Carlisle Ford Nationals – June 2-4.
June 9-11
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. Don’t forget your favorite drink. We will provide the place settings and fixings for the wings. Crafts will be Americana for Flag Day. Display America’s flag and colors with pride.
June 16-18
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.
Carlisle GM Nationals – June 16-18, Fountain Festival in Newville.
June 23-25
Relaxing Weekend:

Sit by the pool, play disc golf or fish.


June 30 - July 4
The 4th of July (3-day minimum):

Come celebrate America’s birthday with DAC. There will be plenty of activities. Participate in our 14th Annual Family create-a-boat race and Firecracker 400 Pinewood Derby Race. Bring your car or make one at craft time. There will be a bass fishing tournament on Friday & Saturday. Patriotic parade. Live music on Sunday night featuring MLC. Sign up in store at check in.
July 7-9
Relaxing Weekend:

Take in the summer weather. Chill out by the pool or enjoy the air conditioned game room.
July 14-16
Luau Weekend:

Details coming soon!
Carlisle Chrysler Nationals – July 14-16.
July 21-23
Relaxing Weekend:

Take it easy by the pool or rest up at your site. Play a game of disc golf, basketball, or shuffleboard.
July 28-30
Pool Party Weekend:

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


August 4-6
9th 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 4-6.
August 11-13
Relaxing Weekend:

Kick back and enjoy the peaceful scenery, relax by the pool, play volleyball, or listen to music.
August 18-20
Mardi Gras Celebration:

Celebrate Mardi Gras with our campsite crawl, our own style of a pub crawl. Meet your fellow campers, talk, walk, dance, and have fun.
August 25-27
Ice Cream Social Weekend:

Catch one of the last weekends in summer. Fish by the pond or prepare for next week’s disc golf tournament. Join us for an ice cream social. Scoops sold at a discount from Dogwood – get toppings for free.
Corvettes at Carlisle - August 24-27.


September 1-4
Labor Day Weekend (3-day minimum):

Enjoy the activity packed weekend. Participate in the annual “Papa Jack Disc Tournament”, now our 16th 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 8-10
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 15-17
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 22-24
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 29 - October 1
Relaxing Weekend:

Check out the changing colors on the trees for fall. Snuggle up with friends and family around the campfire.
Fall Carlisle Collector Car Swap & Corral – September 27 - October 1.


October 6-9

Roast Pork provided by DAC. Bring covered dish for Oktoberfest. Enjoy the foliage! The Blue Mountain starts to change colors.
October 13-15
Halloween Extravaganza (2-day minimum):

Children’s social, pumpkin picking/carving/painting, trick-or-treat parade, and haunted wagon ride.
October 20-22
Halloween Extravaganza (2-day minimum):

Children’s social, pumpkin picking/carving/painting, trick-or-treat parade, and haunted wagon ride.
October 27-29
Bonfire Weekend:

Bring chairs and snacks. This is our last weekend for 2017.
All weekends are 2 night minimum.
Events may change due to weather or non participation. Check website for changes.
Wagon rides Saturday evenings.
Worship service starts May 14 and ends September 24.

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. A 10-year tournament history can be viewed by clicking here. 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!