Raystown Lake Region Offers 4 Seasons of Fun Enjoy Hiking, Biking and More this Fall

Across Pennsylvania, we are fortunate to have some of the most beautiful countryside in the world – with lakes, trails, mountains and caves that attract tourists from all over the world. But perhaps our best kept secret – the Raystown Lake Region in Central Pennsylvania – is the best place to enjoy everything that our beautiful Pennsylvania outdoors has to offer. And, it is only a short, one-hour ride from State College.

The biggest attraction (literally) is the pristine Raystown Lake. At 30 miles north to south it is the largest lake entirely within Pennsylvania. Raystown Lake has some of the best fishing in all of the entire northeast. And, perhaps even a better story to take home than catching a record-breaking striper in Raystown Lake is living on one of the unbelievable rental houseboats in the Seven Points Marina fleet or Lake Raystown Resort – some even complete with a rooftop hot tub and a slide. And if cruising doesn't float your boat, there are more than 2,000 campsites in the area.

“Autumn is my favorite season living in Huntingdon County for the same reasons it's a great time to visit. Every weekend in September and October the Raystown Lake Region is home to a great festival somewhere, and all are set among some of the most beautiful scenery in Pennsylvania,” Matt Price, executive director of Raystown Lake Region Visitor Center said. “But weekends aren't all! Every Monday night, there is a group paddle somewhere in the Huntingdon area. Every Wednesday night, there is a group bike ride hosted by Rothrock Outfitters. Every Thursday through the end of October is the Huntingdon Farmers Market followed by Art Walk Huntingdon on the third Thursday of the month year-round!”

The Raystown Lake region is becoming a four-season destination with special events, tours and festivals happening every week throughout the year. But in the fall, when the weather starts to cool off and the leaves start to change, Raystown has some fantastic outdoor activities. You can walk along the 2016 Pennsylvania Trail of the Year, Standing Stone Trail, which follows scenic ridge-line for more than 80 miles linking two state parks; or bike through the all-new Raystown Mountain Bike Skills Park on 36 miles of the Allegrippis Trails. The skills park is a safe area for mountain bikers of all ages to develop skills that can be learned and then utilized on the even the toughest mountain biking trails.

"The Standing Stone Trail offers a wide variety of activities from an easy hike in Penn's woods to more challenging activities like rock climbing, multi-day hiking, and technical trail running,” added George Conrad, Vice President of the Standing Stone Trail Club. “History buffs, bird watchers, and those interested in all that nature has to offer can each find their niche interest on the Standing Stone Trail."

That is only scratching the surface of the things to do in the Raystown Lake region and Huntingdon – named one of America's “Coolest Small Towns”. The region also boasts the spectacular Lincoln Caverns and Whisper Rocks tours – where you can host an underground birthday party or, in October, try your nerves at the popular Ghosts and Goblins tours in the caverns.

The Raystown Lake recreation area welcomes more than one million visitors per year to the lake and surrounding areas for its world-class fishing, hiking, hunting, boating, swimming and biking. Don't wait any longer to truly experience the best that Pennsylvania has to offer – contact the Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau and start planning your perfect outdoors, scenic and active family getaway in the beautiful Raystown Lake Region.

For more information on the Raystown Lake Region, visit www.Raystown.org or call 1-888-729-7869.

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