The Raystown Lake Region of Pennsylvania has opportunities aplenty to breathe in the fresh air, walk through the forest or enjoy the unspoiled shoreline scenery of Raystown Lake. So bring your boots, kayak, fishing pole and mountain bike to really get the most out of your time in Huntingdon County.
The 30-mile long Raystown Lake is a popular destination for fisherman, boaters, kayakers and all water enthusiasts. Raystown Lake is the largest lake entirely within Pennsylvania and is the only lake within Pennsylvania where you can get a houseboat and live on the water during your vacation.
For land-based adventures; you can enjoy hiking, hunting, picnics and more in scenery that has been rated among the 100 Best Scenic Views in America by ReserveAmerica.com’s The Camping Club! Our Allegrippis Trails network is consistently ranked in the top 25 mountain bike trails in the world by www.singletracks.com!
New Summer 2018:
Two new community-owned river access projects open convenient public launch areas to a historic portion of the Juniata River in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania. The two launches bookend the deepest gorge in Pennsylvania, known locally as Jack’s Narrows, where the Juniata River cuts a gap in Jacks Mountain. The peaks of Jacks Mountain on the south side of the gorge is just over 2,120 feet in elevation, and 2.9 miles away on the north of the gorge is just over 2,320 feet. The river surface of the Juniata River drops from 566 feet above sea level at Mapleton to 545 Feet above sea level 3.3 miles downstream at Mount Union. That makes the gorge nearly 1/3 mile deep! The launches open up Jack’s Narrows to access for paddlesports, fishing and leisurely inner-tube floating. The facilities and distance between them make this the first and best recommendation for inner-tube floating in Huntingdon County. This stretch of the Juniata River is gentle and easily navigated by paddlers of all experience levels.
Jack’s Narrows also has the Thousand Steps section of the Standing Stone Trail. The Thousand Steps (actually a 1200+ rough stone staircase trail) was built by employees to access the quarrying areas atop the mountain. There are historic sites and great views as you hike the Thousand Steps. The Standing Stone Trail (SST) is an 80 miler that traverses many ridgetops with scenic overlooks. The SST makes for great section hikes or for that through-hike that you are planning.
These are just a few examples of all that there is to experience in the Raystown Lake Region. You can always contact the Raystown Lake Visitor Center either prior to or during your “Raycation” for more information: (888) 729-7869, firstname.lastname@example.org or online at www.Raystown.org. You can check out all the calendar listings at www.Raystown.org/events