Plan a getaway to Raystown Lake

Michelle & Karl Teel

Raystown Lake, the largest lake that is entirely within Pennsylvania, has been a prime vacation destination since its creation in 1973. At 8,300 acres in size, it’s ideal for fishing and watersports, with seemingly countless coves to explore along the shoreline. Activities such as boating, swimming, mountain biking, kayaking, scuba diving, camping, and fishing continue to draw visitors who enjoy the outdoors.

Rent a houseboat to really enjoy the lake experience.
Rent a houseboat to really enjoy the lake experience.

Raystown Lake remains so pristine in appearance because much of the surrounding land is owned by the Army Corps of Engineers and is not available for development. Instead, the shores of the lake are tree-lined and home to plenty of wildlife.

Perhaps the best way to explore the lake is by spending a week on it. Rent a house boat from Seven Points Marina and float around discovering new coves, fishing and swimming, and enjoying sunsets and spectacular views with all the comforts of your own living room, kitchen, and bedrooms. Nearby camping at the state park located right on the shoreline is another option and even offers an elevated view.

 

Plenty of trails to explore

Explore the area’s numerous trails by hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, or mountain biking. Huntingdon County is home to the Allegrippis Trails, with more than 30 miles of stacked-loop trails, the Standing Stone Trail with its scenic terrain, portions of the Great Eastern Trail system which runs from New York to Florida, the Mid-State Trail, and Terrace Mountain Trail.

Quiet time on Raystown Lake.
Quiet time on Raystown Lake.

Roughly a quarter Huntingdon County’s land is publicly owned and accessible with more than 139,000 acres in the Rothrock and Tuscarora state forests; Canoe Creek, Greenwood Furnace, Penn-Roosevelt, Trough Creek, Warrior’s Path, and Whipple Dam state parks; and other federal lands and community parks.

Huntingdon County also has Pennsylvania’s largest concentration of caves and caverns, with more than 150 sites. This represents one-third of all of Pennsylvania’s caves. For the true adventure seeker, spelunkers have much to choose from. For the tourist seeking to gaze at the wonders with the benefit from a trail and cave guide, visit Lincoln Caverns or Penn’s Cave, where no special equipment is needed for guided tours. Marvel at the geologic wonders and learn about the caves’ history.

Huntingdon County also boasts year-round hunting. Wild game includes whitetail deer, black bear, coyote, turkey, rabbit, squirrel, fox, grouse, duck, coot, merganser, geese, Atlantic brant, pheasant, dove, groundhog, bobwhite quail, raccoon, opossum, skunk, weasel, bobcat, and more. A hunting license and possibly special permits for some species are required.

 

For more information:

Huntingdon Co. Tourism: raystown.org

 

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