We’re continually on the hunt for experiences that add richness to our lives. In the spirit of the revival of road trips, we are proud to begin a regular, monthly section to feature destinations within driving distance of Charleston. We feel that our smart and savvy readers will find these trips enriching and entertaining.
Driving five hours Northeast of Charleston brings you to the historic town of Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. Huntingdon, celebrating 250 years in 2017, is situated about halfway between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
It is a few miles from the shore of the state’s largest lake, Raystown Lake. Outdoor lovers will be fascinated with the caves, fishing, boating, mountain biking, and hiking opportunities available in Huntingdon. Huntingdon’s scenery reminds the writer of her home in the West Virginia hills. Here are some recommendations to help inspire a weekend traveler getaway in the charming town of Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. #HdonPA250
Where to Stay in Huntingdon
Staying in Huntingdon’s historic downtown would be best suited at one of the local bed and breakfasts. Gage Mountain B&B is within walking distance of all of the downtown offerings, has seven rooms with private baths, and includes a gourmet breakfast. This Victorian home is adorned with stately stained glass, six fireplaces, and a billiards suite.
The Edgewater Inn (circa 1762) is located 15 minutes outside of downtown Huntingdon and has a gorgeous setting on the Juniata River. Guests here can spend time tubing on the river that runs by only steps away. A gourmet breakfast is included and pets are allowed.
Large families or those wanting lodge-like accommodations will go crazy over Bear’s Paw Lodge, a private mountaintop retreat that easily sleeps 25 people. Its impressive amenities include a built-in sauna, state-of-the-art kitchen, stone double-sided fireplace, wrap deck overlooking 40 wooded acres, and impressive furnishings.
Visitors coming to Huntingdon County’s Raystown Lake can rent houseboats, cabins, lodge rooms, campsites, or a hotel room nearby.
Where to Dine in Huntingdon
The most popular eatery in Huntingdon is Boxer’s Cafe. The restaurant fills up quickly, so plan accordingly. For upscale dining, visit Mimi’s Restaurant & Martini Bar.
Tops Diner is a favorite breakfast spot, while Standing Stone Coffee Company offers more upscale fare. Standing Stone’s Baked Oatmeal is a wonderful regional dish; keep that in mind if you like trying local foods.
Edgewater Inn’s Riverside Grill offers a pretty view of the Juniata River from the bar area. I recommend trying their Chicken Piccata or Crab Lobster Stuffed Ravioli with creamy Vodka sauce.
A Huntingdon Unique Offering
The addition of the Allegrippis Trails has brought a significant addition of outdoor enthusiasts to Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. These stacked-loop trails go on for over 30 miles and provide the perfect terrain for mountain bikers, hikers, and cross-country skiers, seasonally. Fat tire biking, a popular activity in Huntington, is fabulous on a course of this nature. Bikes can be rented at Rothrock Outfitters in downtown Huntingdon.
Raystown Lake & Dam
This gorgeous lake will win you over at first sight. Rent a boat from the Seven Points Marina and grab some lunch at the tasty onsite restaurant while you are there. Fishing is in high demand at Raystown Lake since the big prizes are typically striped bass and musky. Houseboats, stand up Paddle Boards, and Kayaks are available for rent, too. One could get lost exploring the secluded coves of this massive lake.
What to Do on Your Weekend Trip
Wander through various underground caves at the Lincoln Caverns. This area is home to the largest cave formations in the state.
Enjoy nostalgia at the Isett Acres Museum. Collector Melvin Isett has been adding antiques and retro items to his massive collection (over 40,000 items and three buildings full!) for 50 years now. The museum is organized in a fashion that puts like items together, making it much easier to view and see the artifacts. This is certainly a unique way to stroll down memory lane and remember the days gone by. Seasonal gardens surround the property.
Interested in seeing water falls? If so, Rainbow Falls is a spectacular offering! Cross the suspension bridge over the Great Trough Creek gorge and hike a short distance to view Balanced Rock, a boulder that appears to teeter on the edge of a cliff. Kids will enjoy wading in the stream, fishing for trout, picnics and exploring the Ice Mine (a natural refrigerator) at Trough Creek State Park.
Weekend Trip to Huntingdon, PA
Whether you are wanting to spend time on the lake and enjoy the outdoors, or soak up the vibe of a 250 year old historic town, Raystown Lake and historic Huntingdon hold unexplored treasures sure to impress. The beauty of nature will astound you!