As part of Pennsylvania’s ridge and valley region, our area is divided into a series of largely parallel valleys, each with their own unique feel. Mountaintop vistas reveal a patchwork quilt of farms, fields, forests, broken by the occasional stream or country road. The area’s mountains are rich with game and densely forested, creating natural barriers which allow the valleys to each have their own identity. Visitors here will find that it is not the destination, but rather the journey that will fill your memory of this place. Seeing the parade of stone manors, Pennsylvania bank barns, and the occasional winery, makes you want to explore each road you pass.
Between the ridges, the wide fertile valleys and gently rolling hills are home to small communities, each with their own individual character. From Allensville, where the street lamps are hung with stunning hanging flower baskets, to Port Royal, home of the Juniata County Fair and the Port Royal Speedway – said by many to be the best dirt track on the east coast – take time to explore local shops, museums and grab a bite at a local diner.
It is the small things that have made the Juniata River Valley a destination for residents of nearby counties – the selection of cheeses at a small shop, the fresh produce at roadside farmer’s markets, eggs straight from the coop and flower baskets sold by the growers. While farm-fresh is a point of pride here, the region’s craftsman produce sought after top-quality furniture, wood products and artisan rugs, primitives and pottery.
Juniata County is home to four covered bridges, including the Beaver Covered Bridge at top, situated on the Snyder and Juniata county line and the Pomeroy Academia Covered Bridge. Fully restored, it is the longest remaining covered bridge in Pennsylvania.
Signs of our rich history are everywhere. The Stone Arch Bridge over Jack’s Creek, near Lewistown, was built in 1813, and restored in 2006. It is the oldest single-arch stone bridge in central Pennsylvania. Some other popular places to see include the Tuscarora Academy in Academia, the Lock House which can be found north of the Stone Arch Exit of 322, and the Embassy Theatre in downtown Lewistown.
The river is not only the defining characteristic of our landscape, it is the center of our recreational activities. Fishing on the gentle flow of the Juniata is highly recommended. Ideal for family fun, campers and RVs are drawn to the many campgrounds that line the Juniata River, offering children the opportunity to sit by the fire and tell tall tales while watching the fireflies play over the water. Perfect for swimming in the shallows, and tubing downstream, the gentle flow of the Juniata carves its path from Raystown Lake in Huntingdon County to join the Susquehanna River near Duncannon.