Altoona Region

The biker-friendly roads that wind their way through the countryside of the Altoona Region have earned a well-deserved reputation among cyclists for their challenging miles and scenic beauty. The wooded trails have become the playground for hikers and mountain bikers. And the famous Horseshoe Curve has drawn those with a love for history, who come to marvel at the ingenuity and backbreaking efforts of those who worked to find a way through the rugged mountains of the Alleghenies. But outdoor adventure isn't all this region has to offer. Visitors will also find unique family owned diners, exceptional white tablecloth restaurants and well-known national chains as they make their way through this unforgettable landscape.

Lodging, dining, attractions and events

Things To Do in Altoona Region

ATV/Dirtbiking

1. Dirt Soldiers MX
The 67-acre Dirt Soldiers MX compound features a motorcross practice track, mini practice track and freestyle course for riders of all levels. Riders courses are also provided for beginners to improve their skills.



Boating

1. Canoe Creek State Park
This 155-acre lake in Canoe Creek State Park in the Altoona Destination Area offers boat launches on either side of the lake with morring spaces along the eastern shore.

2. Frankstown Branch Juniata River Lower Section and Canoe Creek
There are no developed access points for this section of the Frankstown Branch in the Altoona Destination Area.

3. Frankstown Branch Juniata River Upper Section
There are no developed access points for this section of the Frankstown Branch in the Altoona Destination Area.

4. Little Juniata River Lower Section & Bald Eagle Creek Tyrone Section
The Little Juniata is a large river in the Altoona Destination Area with deep pools, moderate water, and a number of access points for paddlers who come to navigate the riffles and rapids in the Lower section.

5. Little Juniata River Upper Section
The Little Juniata in the Altoona Destination Area is a marginal stream above Tyrone, supported by only a few water sources with an access point at Tyrone.



Cycling On Road

1. Fort Roberdeau Revolutionary Tour
A moderate tour through farm fields and forests featuring Historic Fort Roberdeau.

2. Horse and Buggy Tour
Travel a little over 37 miles thru Amish and Mennonite farms in this moderately rated tour.

3. The Diamond Loop Tour
Travel "The Loop" and Canoe Creek State Park for 25.9 miles on this moderately rated tour.


Fishing

1. Canoe Creek State Park
This 155-acre lake in Canoe Creek State Park in the Altoona Destination Area offers boat launches on either side of the lake with morring spaces along the eastern shore.

2. Frankstown Branch Juniata River Lower Section and Canoe Creek
There are no developed access points for this section of the Frankstown Branch in the Altoona Destination Area.

3. Frankstown Branch Juniata River Upper Section
There are no developed access points for this section of the Frankstown Branch in the Altoona Destination Area.

4. Little Juniata River Lower Section & Bald Eagle Creek Tyrone Section
The Little Juniata is a large river in the Altoona Destination Area with deep pools, moderate water, and a number of access points for paddlers who come to navigate the riffles and rapids in the Lower section.

5. Little Juniata River Upper Section
The Little Juniata in the Altoona Destination Area is a marginal stream above Tyrone, supported by only a few water sources with an access point at Tyrone.


Hiking

1. Allegheny Portage Railroad Historic Trace Trail
Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site

2. Allegheny Portage Railroad Nature Trail Loop
Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site

3. Chappell's Field Loop Trail
Blue Knob State Park

4. Limestone Trail Loop
Canoe Creek State Park

5. Lookouts Loop
Blue Knob State Park

6. Lost Turkey Trail
Blue Knob State Park

7. Lower Rail Trail
Williamsburg and Water Street

8. Moore's Hill Trail Loop
Canoe Creek State Park

9. Sawmill Trail Loop
Blue Knob State Park



Motor Touring

1. Allegheny Mountains Tour


Mountain Biking

1. Blue Knob State Park
Varying terrain offering a choice of great riding from easy to difficult with plenty of single and double track.


Swimming

1. Canoe Creek State Park
This 155-acre lake in Canoe Creek State Park in the Altoona Destination Area offers boat launches on either side of the lake with morring spaces along the eastern shore.