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Spotlight: Raystown Lake, Central Pennsylvania

Spotlight: Raystown Lake, Central Pennsylvania

Visit another USACE gem, the Keystone State’s best kept secret.

raystown Fall colors illuminate the Allegrippis Trails. Autumn is the perfect time of year to hop on your mountain bike and explore the Raystown area.

Get There

Raystown Lake is located in the Allegheny Mountains of south central Pennsylvania in the Borough of Huntingdon.

What You’ll Find

A 30-mile long lake, world-class fishing, hiking, hunting, mountain biking trails, boating opportunities, gorgeous scenery and the arts only scratch the surface of the experiences you can have here.

What you probably won’t find is the legendary Raystown Ray, Pennsylvania’s very own Loch Ness Monster, which is allegedly 50- to 60-feet long. You might come across a 40- to 50-pound striped bass, however.

Stay Here

Seven Points Campground and Recreation Area is a great place to stay on your “Ray”-cation. The trailheads for three trails are located there. Seven Points is also home to the Raystown Lake Amphitheater.

Susquehannock Campground offers more than 60 campsites, many of which are waterfront.

Make Sure You

Explore the Raystown Lake Region trails by hiking, trail running, backpacking, horseback riding or biking. The Allegrippis Trail System, is one the most extensive mountain bike trail systems east of the Mississippi. Specifically designed by mountain bikers for mountain bikers, the trail is also open to any non-motorized use including hiking.

Try This

A well-known budget travel magazine named Huntingdon “one of the 5 coolest towns in America," and depending when you visit, you can add an outing to an artsy street fair, a stroll past many of the murals by local artists or attend a summer concert. You can also take a couple of day trips to the Lincoln and Indian Caverns, Altoona Railroad Museum or Swigart Antique Car Museum.

Gear Up

During your stay, you will have access to grocery stores, a full-service marina, and bait and tackle shops. Pack for your favorite activities and for the weather, depending on the time of year.