Nestled amid the rolling hills of central Pennsylvania, the Raystown Lake Region stands as a testament to the enduring charm of small-town America. Steeped in history and surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty, our communities beckon travelers to explore their quaint streets and discover the treasures hidden within.


Delve deep into Alexandria’s history with a visit to the Hartslog Heritage Museum, where exhibits and artifacts provide insight into the town's past with the Pennsylvania Canal and Pennsylvania Railroad. While exploring, be sure to stop by Bluegills Bar & Grill, a local favorite for its inviting atmosphere and delicious cuisine. This establishment not only serves up tasty dishes but also provides a cozy setting to unwind after a day of exploration. If your visit coincides with Hartslog Heritage Day you'll be treated to a vibrant celebration of community spirit, featuring craft vendors, live music, and delicious food. For nature enthusiasts, the Lower Trail calls. This 17 mile pathway along the Juniata River is perfect for hiking, biking, or a leisurely stroll, allowing you to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the area.


A trip to Cassville during the Cassville Oktoberfest is a must! Always the last weekend of September, this three-day event brings residents and visitors together and promises great food and lots of family fun! Need to stock up on essentials? Head to Cassville Country Store! They offer dine-in, take-out, groceries, hardware, sporting goods, and so much more. Nearby Trough Creek State Park offers a scenic escape with numerous hiking trails to geological marvels like Rainbow Falls and Balanced Rock. This mild hike is suited for all ages, allowing young children to maneuver through on their own.

Trough Creek State Park


Founded in 1767, the borough of Huntingdon is the Raystown Lake Region’s largest community. Huntingdon was once home to J.C and Kate (Fisher) Blair, credited with the invention of the paper tablet. Their influence can still be seen in landmarks like the Standing Stone and Blair Park, and you can learn all about their contributions at Isett Heritage Museum and the Huntingdon County Historical Society. Juniata College in uptown Huntingdon is a beacon of academic excellence. On campus, visitors can take in a live performance or cheer on their thriving D3 athletics teams, including their women's volleyball program with an impressive 42 conference wins and 3 national titles! Downtown Huntingdon is a vibrant hub of culture and community spirit. Visitors can immerse themselves in local traditions at events like Mayfest of Huntingdon or take in the local art scene at the Huntingdon County Arts Council. Huntingdon is home to numerous family owned shops, boutiques and restaurants. Support our local business by shopping your heart out.


The Standing Stone Trail, stretching over 80 miles from Cowan’s Gap to Detweiler Run Natural Area, passes right through Mapleton. This scenic trail allows hikers to navigate through vast tracts of public lands. Just outside of town, the trail ascends Jacks Mountain by way of the Thousand Steps, a challenging yet rewarding stairway that provides breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. Located along the Juniata River, Riverside Memorial Park is the perfect place to launch your canoe or kayak, enjoy a peaceful picnic or spend the night on a first-come-first-serve basis. Mapleton is also intersected by Norfolk Southern Railways, making it a popular location for railfans to watch passing freight locomotives and passenger trains!

Standing Stone Trail

Mill Creek

Conveniently located along Route 22 just five miles southeast of Huntingdon, Mill Creek is the perfect stop for automotive enthusiasts. At Swigart Antique Automobile Museum, visitors can explore the nation’s oldest automobile museum. Their remarkable collections of vintage cars, including an original Herbie used in the “Herbie: The Love Bug” film series, toys and other automotive memorabilia are sure to delight! Work up your appetite by bowling a game or two at the Holiday Bowl or try your luck with a game of bingo at the Mill Creek Lions Club. Afterward, stop by The Village Tavern for a delicious meal and a welcoming atmosphere!

Antique cars at Swigart Automobile Museum

Mount Union

Mount Union’s history is linked with the rise of the railroad industry, which once brought prosperity and vitality to its streets. The Bricktown Museum is a must-visit for model train fanatics. With an extensive diorama of the local railroad landscape, visitors will learn all about how that industry shaped the area. After your journey through history, refuel with some coffee from The Roast Post, or enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants Mount Union has to offer. Kids of all ages will enjoy time at Riverside Park, situated along the Juniata River, which winds its way through the town. It offers residents and visitors alike opportunities for fishing, kayaking, and peaceful moments by the water's edge. For a more modern lodging experience along the Juniata, check out River Golf Lodge.

Orbisonia & Rockhill Furnace

Exploring the twin boroughs of Orbisonia and Rockhill Furnace offers a delightful journey through railroading history. One of the standout attractions is the East Broad Top Railroad, a well-preserved, narrow-gauge historic railway that takes visitors on a picturesque ride through the countryside. The Rockhill Trolley Museum adds another layer to the experience, showcasing vintage trolleys and offering visitors a chance to step back in time to the era of electric transportation. Looking to make your trip an overnight stay? The Iron Rail Bed & Breakfast awaits just FEET away, providing a cozy retreat with its blend of historic charm and modern amenities. The towns come alive during the annual Orbisonia/Rockhill Homecoming, celebrating local traditions and fostering a strong sense of community. When it comes to dining, Sandy Ridge Express and Sandy Ridge A&W Restaurant offer a delectable array of menu options to satisfy any craving.

East Broad Top Railroad NEW

Photo by Matthew Malkiewicz


Petersburg is another haven for water-based recreation. Paddle along the waters of the Juniata River, where kayakers and canoeists can navigate past the hydroelectric Warriors Ridge Dam and take in the beauty of the surrounding countryside. Take part in the annual catfish tournament, held in early summer, and try to hook the biggest catch. For an educational experience, visit Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center. Run by Penn State University, this facility rehabilitates and houses a number of birds, reptiles, and amphibians, all of which you can visit at no cost!

Shavers Creek Environmental Center

Robertsdale & Broad Top

The communities of Robertsdale and Broad Top offer a fascinating journey through the region's rich history. Uncover the area's coal mining heritage at the Broad Top Area Coal Miners Museum, where exhibits depict the toil and triumphs of the industry on Broad Top Mountain. Pair this with a visit to the Friends of the East Broad Top Railroad. Embark on a walking tour of the historic station, railyard, and mine area. They also offer railbike tours on a portion of restored tracks. Plan your visit to coincide with Robertsdale Community & Heritage Days or the Broad Top Homecoming. These family-friendly festivals offer live music, local vendors, fireworks displays, and more!


When visiting Saxton, start your day at The Grind Coffee Company. This local favorite is the place to be for a refreshing specialty beverage or tasty breakfast sandwich. Venture south of town to Warriors Path State Park, offering opportunities such as hiking, hunting and birdwatching. After your outdoor explorations, head back into town and refuel at one of the many restaurants. The Juniata River flows into Raystown Lake just northeast of town, making it a gateway to endless aquatic adventures. Heritage Cove Resort sits on the shores near this point with modern amenities in their cabins, cottages, and RV sites, providing a tranquil getaway.

Warriors Path State Park

Shade Gap

At the southernmost end of the county lies Shade Gap, a small community that was once at the center of the Nation’s attention. On May 11, 1966 Peggy Ann Bradnick was kidnapped on her way home from school and held captive for eight days. Over 1,000 volunteers and officers joined the search, including FBI Agent Terry Ray Anderson who was fatally shot on May 17. A historical marker honoring his sacrifice can be found at the Shade Gap Presbyterian Cemetery. Shade Gap is also home to the only historic covered bridge in Huntingdon County. Saint Mary’s Covered Bridge spans 65 feet over Shade Creek and can be found just off of Rt 522. Travelers can also partake in the Shade Gap Picnic, a beloved community tradition where locals and visitors can enjoy delicious food, live music, amusement rides, and other family fun! 

Spruce Creek

The waters that flow through Spruce Creek are world-renowned for exceptional fly fishing opportunities. Angling enthusiasts should visit Spruce Creek Outfitters, a hub of expertise and gear for both novice and seasoned fishermen alike. The 327-mile Mid-State Trail, stretching from the Maryland border to the New York border, passes nearby. Hikers can reach it by way of several connecting hiking trails. Along the way, stop by the vista points that overlook the community and the surrounding area. Wrap up your day of outdoor adventures with dinner at Spruce Creek Tavern!

Three Springs & Saltillo

Exploring Three Springs and Saltillo in Pennsylvania offers a delightful blend of community charm and historical richness. The Three Springs Carnival is a four-day celebration, drawing locals and visitors alike with its array of attractions. Families gather to enjoy parades and car shows, indulge in delicious fair food, and partake in classic carnival games, creating cherished memories year after year. For those seeking to beat the summer heat, the Three Springs Community Pool is the perfect spot. Meanwhile, history enthusiasts can delve into the fascinating past of the region at the Three Springs/Saltillo Historical Society, which aims to preserve and share the stories and artifacts that make up the area's heritage.