Raystown Lake Region

Surrounded by the scenic backdrop of the Alleghenies, the Raystown Lake Region is filled with opportunities for hiking, bicycling and birdwatching, as well as boating and fishing on Raystown Lake. This 8,300 acre waterway draws boaters from all over the East and fishermen who come from far and wide to cast for the legendary stripers that swim the waters of the lake Field and Stream named one of America's top fishing destinations. Overnight visitors can choose from friendly bed and breakfasts, comfortable vacation homes, or enjoy a truly memorable night under the stars in a fully equipped treehouse.

Lodging, dining, attractions and events

Things To Do in Raystown Lake Region


Boating

1. 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.

2. Great Trough Creek
Great Trough Creek in the Raystown Lake Destination Area cuts through Terrace Mountain with a whitewater stretch of Class I-III rapids suitable for paddlers of medium experience before emptying into Raystown Lake. Beginners should not attempt this section

3. Greenwood Lake
A six-acre lake in Greenwood Forest State Park in the Raystown Lake Destination Area.

4. Juniata River
The Juniata River in the Raystown Lake Destination Area runs approximately 90 miles through several scenic mountain ranges offering seasonal flat-water paddling opportunities for individuals and families interested in single or multi-day river trips.

5. 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.

6. Raystown Branch Juniata River Section 4
Section 4 of the Raystown Branch of the Juniata, in the Raystown Lake Destination Area, can be explored by canoe year-round, though it is best traveled from March through July, when It is a Class I river, easily navigated with minimal skills making it idea

7. Raystown Lake
Owned and operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers, this 8,300 acre lake has 7 boat launches along 28 miles of navigable water fed by the Raystown Branch of the Juniata River in the Raystown Lake Destination Area.



Cycling On Road

1. Spelunker Tour
A moderate tour beginning along the Juniata River that also encompasses farmlands and valleys.

2. The Fisherman's Tour
Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Raystown Lake National Recreation Area and Trough Creek State Park. A moderate/advanced tour over 60 miles.

3. Time Travelers Path
Enjoy the scenic vistas and sweeping valleys where small country hamlets still beckon cyclists to stop and relax along the 72-mile trek of discovery.


Fishing

1. 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.

2. Great Trough Creek
Great Trough Creek in the Raystown Lake Destination Area cuts through Terrace Mountain with a whitewater stretch of Class I-III rapids suitable for paddlers of medium experience before emptying into Raystown Lake. Beginners should not attempt this section

3. Greenwood Lake
A six-acre lake in Greenwood Forest State Park in the Raystown Lake Destination Area.

4. Juniata River
The Juniata River in the Raystown Lake Destination Area runs approximately 90 miles through several scenic mountain ranges offering seasonal flat-water paddling opportunities for individuals and families interested in single or multi-day river trips.

5. 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.

6. Raystown Branch Juniata River Section 4
Section 4 of the Raystown Branch of the Juniata, in the Raystown Lake Destination Area, can be explored by canoe year-round, though it is best traveled from March through July, when It is a Class I river, easily navigated with minimal skills making it idea

7. Raystown Lake
Owned and operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers, this 8,300 acre lake has 7 boat launches along 28 miles of navigable water fed by the Raystown Branch of the Juniata River in the Raystown Lake Destination Area.


Hiking

1. 1000 Steps Challenging
Mount Union

2. 1000 Steps Easy
Mount Union

3. 1000 Steps Moderate
Mount Union

4. Allegrippis Trail Challenging
Raystown Lake

5. Allegrippis Trail Easy
Raystown Lake

6. Allegrippis Trail Moderate
Raystown Lake

7. Balanced Rock and Copperas Rocks Hike
Trough Creek State Park

8. Balanced Rock Hike
Trough Creek State Park

9. Brumbaugh - Boulder Loop
Trough Creek State Park

10. Chestnut Spring Trail Loop
Greenwood Furnace State Park / Rothrock State Forest

11. Fire Tower Loop
Greenwood Furnace State Park / Rothrock State Forest

12. Flag Pole Hill Trail Loop Easy
Juniata College Huntingdon

13. Flag Pole Hill Trail Loop Moderate
Juniata College Huntingdon

14. Hillside Nature Trail Loop
Raystown Lake

15. Lower Rail Trail
Williamsburg and Water Street

16. Old Loggers Trail Loop
Raystown Lake

17. Old Loggers Trail Loop with Sheep Rock Spur
Raystown Lake

18. Ore Banks Loop
Greenwood Furnace State Park / Rothrock State Forest

19. Stone Valley Vista Loop
Greenwood Furnace State Park / Rothrock State Forest




Motor Touring

1. Raystown Tour


Mountain Biking

1. Allegrippis Trail
Wind through the mountains of Raystown Lake on the 30+ miles of bumps, jumps, dips and rollers rated one of the nation’s “4 Best Bike Trails” by Men’s Journal.

2. Rothrock State Forest-Greenwood Furnace
Both single and double tracks are found throughout this mostly hilly terrain, varying enough in technical difficulty to suit any level of rider. These trails offer great views as well as an abundance of wildlife.


Scuba Diving

1. Raystown Lake
Owned and operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers, this 8,300 acre lake has 7 boat launches along 28 miles of navigable water fed by the Raystown Branch of the Juniata River in the Raystown Lake Destination Area.


Snorkeling

1. Raystown Lake
Owned and operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers, this 8,300 acre lake has 7 boat launches along 28 miles of navigable water fed by the Raystown Branch of the Juniata River in the Raystown Lake Destination Area.



Swimming

1. Greenwood Lake
A six-acre lake in Greenwood Forest State Park in the Raystown Lake Destination Area.

2. Raystown Lake
Owned and operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers, this 8,300 acre lake has 7 boat launches along 28 miles of navigable water fed by the Raystown Branch of the Juniata River in the Raystown Lake Destination Area.


Water Skiing

1. Raystown Lake
Owned and operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers, this 8,300 acre lake has 7 boat launches along 28 miles of navigable water fed by the Raystown Branch of the Juniata River in the Raystown Lake Destination Area.