The SpaceAs you enjoy your stay, take a walk down along the river on what is known as the tow path. You will be standing where the mules once pulled their loads down the canal! This part of the canal is - The Old Pennsylvania Canal, Raystown Branch. Parts of the Pennsylvania Canal Guard Lock and Feeder Dam was built in 1861. The dam was up river and was registered on the National Register of Historic places in 1990.
Sit on the deck. Go down to the dock and enjoy a campfire by the rivers edge. Take out one of our canoes and paddle around, life vests provided.(sign waiver to use canoe) . Take a float trip. If you prefer kayaks Rothrock Outfitters in Huntingdon rents kayaks plus offers transportation. In the evening have fun catching lightening bugs with the kids!
There have been sightings of bald eagles as well as golden eagles on the river. Blue heron, Canadian Geese and Wood ducks are just a few of the many species of birds spotted on the river.
If your a fisherman or would like to try the sport your are steps away from excellent fishing! Small mouth bass, walleye, perch, musky, pickerel, catfish, fall fish, carp, and varies pan fish, bluegill, sunfish, and rock bass. We have even caught trout out of the river! There is a bait and tackle shop on rt 22 that can "hook you up", Raystown Fishing and Hunting .
Or maybe you just want to paddle around and watch the families of turtles or maybe get a glimpse of a mink or a muskrat playing on the riverbank. We even had a beaver cross in front of us when we were out on the boat!
We are a 15 min drive to the popular Raystown Lake. The Lake offers many water activities such as boating, sport fishing, water sking....etc.., The lake is 30 miles long with many picnic areas and a newly rubber walking trail that winds around the Seven Points area offering gorgeous views. Seven Points has a marina, a swimming area and many picnic areas and a Restaurant . You can also take a dinner cruise on either The Princess, located at Seven Points or The Proud Mary which is located at The Resort. Either one, what a wonderful way to enjoy the beauty of Raystown Lake!
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You can go to the overlook of the dam and enjoy the view of the Lake. If the water is being let out of the spillway, what a sight that is to see! Snyder's Run boat launch is also found in this area...all within a 10 min drive. (URL HIDDEN)
There are many hiking and mountain bike trails around the lake too. These offer spectacular views!
Another popular trail that is only minutes away is The Thousand Steps. This trail is located at Jacks Narrows. A five minute drive. The trail actually has 1,043 steps in all. It goes up the side of the mountain to the top created for the miners back in 1936. What a way to start your work day! Once at the top 2,321 ft. you will have a fantastic view of the rr tracks and the little town of Mapleton below. This is the main range of the Appalachains. (URL HIDDEN)
Trough Creek State Park is a 20 min drive. This Park offers The famous Balanced Rock. A boulder that is balanced on the side of a cliff! Along with many more hiking trails with boulders, creek trails, mountain views, picnic areas and an ice mine. The swinging bridge leads to a Waterfall then splits off into varies trails. Trout fishing is popular at Trough Creek too. So spend your day at the park for a change of pace!
Other parks in the area are.....Canoe Creek, Greenwood Furnance, Whipple Dam, Reeds Gap, Allan Seegar Area in Rothrock State Forest, Poe Valley, Licking Creek
For those that like bike riding the nearby Rails to Trails is located at Water Street. The trail is a 17 mile bike trail along the Juniata River. We have bikes at the cottage if you would like to peddle this popular trail.Just remember to bring your child's helmet. Bike rentals also available at Rothrock Outfitters. (URL HIDDEN)
There are actually 3 caverns in our area if going underground is your thing! Lincoln Caverns and Whisper rocks, outside of Huntingdon. The world famous Indian Caverns, Spruce Creek Pa. and Penns Cave located in Centre Hall.....Penns Cave you take your tour through the cave in a boat. For this is an all water cave. So if spectacular crystal caverns, speleothems, stalactites, colums, massive flowstones, sodastraws, cave coral, drapery, sawtooth, popcorn, a rimstone pool, and small helectites strikes your interest you may want to consider going caving!
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If you enjoy bowling, The Holiday Bowl is just a mile west on William Penn Highway. (URL HIDDEN)
Huntingdon has a community pool as well as Mapleton.
Take the kids out to a ballgame! Altoona is the home of the Altoona Curve.....minor league for the Pittsburgh Pirates (URL HIDDEN)
or head to State College to watch the Spikes! ....minor league for the St. Louis Cardinals!
There are two amusement parks close that kids enjoy. Lakemont Park, Altoona. (URL HIDDEN) and Delgrosso's Amusement Park in Tipton. (URL HIDDEN) Both parks have water parks within.
Take the family to the movies....The Clifton 5 Theater is located in downtown Huntingdon. (URL HIDDEN)
Try something a little different, go to a play. The PlayHouse in McConnellstown puts on plays, musicals and concerts.
You can take a Saturday night and head to the track. Hesston Speedway
Huntingdon is the home to Juniata College. A private college founded in 1876. Juniata earned one of the best rankings among U.S. Liberal Arts Colleges. (URL HIDDEN)
Penn State University....the home of the Nittany Lions! State College is 26 miles away.. The famous Happy Valley :) Too many things for me to list in State College! (URL HIDDEN)
Visit Shaver's Creek Environmental Center located in Petersburg. This nature center is run by Penn State. It has hiking trails, live reptiles, a raptor nter and a discovery room. Bald Eagles Are Nesting! (URL HIDDEN)
Swigart's Museum is not even a mile away. Remember Herbie the Love Bug? Oh yeah! He's at the Museum. (URL HIDDEN)
A top of Stone Creek Ridge you will find The Isett Heritage Museum. The museum has a collection of over 40,000 displayed items from the 19th & 20th century. Mr Isett, a lifelong business owner of Huntingdon Co.
If you would like to learn more about canals visit The Allegheny Portage Railroad National Park. The park is off rt 22 12 miles west of Altoona. Well worth the drive! (URL HIDDEN)
On your way you can stop at Horseshoe Curve. Another National Historic Landmark! Take a tour of the Railroaders Memorial Museum, ride the (URL HIDDEN) incline plane or take a nature walk from the visitors center to the Historic Landmark... The Horseshoe Curve! This is all located in Altoona. The curve is 2375 ft with a curvature of 9 degrees; central angle is 220 degrees. What a sight to see! (URL HIDDEN)
If you enjoy trains Orbisonia has The East Broad Top and Coal Company. This is another National Historic Landmark in our area. Trolley rides for the kids is always a popular event. The Rockhill Museumis not always open, check for dates and time. (URL HIDDEN)
The Old Bedford Village is living history. The village has many events through out the year. (URL HIDDEN)
Going up? Visit Gravity Hill....Put your car in neutral, sit, wait, your car will slowly coast backwards up the hill on it's own. (URL HIDDEN)
Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Somerset Co. 88 miles away
If antiquing is what you like you may find a gem at one of our local 2nd hand stores. Love It, Yesterday's Best 'books", Little Hearts, Twice Upon A Time, The Goodwill are just a few. If you travel to Duncansville you can shop many antique stores. The big one is The Antique Depot. This indoor flea market has 74,000 sq ft of treasures.
Take a drive down through Amish Country. The beautiful valley and farms of the Amish in Big Valley is just stunning. Go to the sale, the Belleville sale...every Wednesday in the summer months.
While your down the valley stop in one of our local wineries. The Brookmere Winery, located near Belleville. (URL HIDDEN)
There are three golf courses within ten miles:
Huntingdon Country Club
Standing Stone Golf Club
American Legion Country Club Guest AccessStorme Sky's River Retreat is located along the Juniata River. 250 ft of river frontage. It goes from the boat launch to the dock in which there is a fire pit built in for the enjoyment of a campfire riverside :) There is a large yard with plenty of space for outdoor activities. Interaction with GuestsOur house is located next door to the cottage. We will give our guests all privacy. We do have to walk our dogs and we are the "outdoorsy " type people. So you may or may not see us out in the yard or on our deck or on the river :) The NeighborhoodWe are close to restaurants ,bars groceries and shopping but yet not in the hussle & bussle. There is plenty to do in the area...just refer to our guidebook or if you want just sit , relax and watch the river go by! Our area is mostly old fishing camps that sit along the banks of the river but every house has their own footage of river front. Storme Sky's combined with our home has 250 ft of river front! You will have a very large shaded maintained yard to enjoy .
Most of the homes were built in the 50's along the river banks with not all of them filling in their portion of the Old Pennsylvania Canal. The canal was used to portage goods down the river. Back in the day the rail road took over the canals after finding that it was a faster way of transporting. So we are close to rail road tracks and you will be able to hear the sounds of the whistle. It's all a part of our area and it's history. Getting AroundThere is no public transportation available. Other Things to NoteSheets, towels and linens provided.
We have 2 grills, a propane grill and a charcoal grill .
We provide fire wood for you and your family to enjoy an evening by the campfire.
We have canoes and kayaks on the property if our guests would like to use them .
BUT YOU MUST follow PA STATE LAWS!!!
We will NOT be responsible!!
You must have a life vest to fit every person in the canoe or kayak!
We provide life vests
All kayaks must have a whistle. Provided
Wear water shoes, this is if you have to get in and out of your kayak,due to low water, you do not slip and flip your kayak!
A few rules for a day of fun on the river!
Remember, it is much easier to paddle up river and rest and relax on your way back down ;)
*****For our guests safety....If the river is too high and muddy, we WILL NOT allow the canoes or kayaks on the water!