Juniata River Valley
Located in the heart of Central Pennsylvania, the Juniata River Valley offers breathtaking landscapes and hometown hospitality at its very best. Just 45 minutes from State College and Penn State University, downtown Lewistown is home to quaint shops, fabulous restaurants, historic sites, and some of the most fun-filled community festivals in the Alleghenies.
The past is always present along the trails, roadways and waterways that wind through the rolling countryside of this historic region. These are the lands where the Juniatas once hunted and trapped, a revolution was fought, lumbering was king and iron furnaces roared as settlers came to build their homes and farms and make this scenic valley home. The waters of the Juniata River provided transportation and abundant fishing, while the woods teamed with deer, grouse, turkey, bear and a variety of small game.
Today, these lands have become a favorite destination of those who love the great outdoors and the many fishing, hiking, boating, cycling and backpacking opportunities the region offers.
The Juniata River Valley is also rich in the history of the Amish. A 25-mile long valley known as "Big Valley" is home to the non-commercialized Amish and Mennonites of our region, including five distinct groups of old order Amish. Don't miss the Belleville Sale and Livestock Auction every Wednesday, excluding holidays. Here Amish and Mennonites sell produce, plants, flowers, handcrafted items, and antiques.
If you prefer a more adventurous outing, the Juniata River itself offers abundant opportunities for fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and tubing. Visit one of our nearby state parks or explore some of the best fishing streams and hiking trails in Pennsylvania. Cycling is also popular, as is boating and other water sports.
From lush fields and pristine waters to breathtaking fall foliage and snow capped mountains, the Juniata River Valley beckons visitors throughout the year to enjoy a multitude of outdoor adventures.
We invite you to visit Lewistown and find your perfect excursion to create memories that will last a lifetime!