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Home > Visit a Gateway > Raystown Branch Juniata River Water Trail
Raystown Branch Juniata River Water Trail - Bedford County, PA
Activities: Anglers will find trout, smallmouth bass, and panfish on the river. Wildlife enthusiasts can point to bald eagles, often seen on the river between the Crossings and Saxton.

For boaters, the Raystown Branch enables a variety of activities such as hiking, sightseeing, and even shopping at various access/exit points along the trail. River depths vary—typically from 1 to 3 feet, except for deeper holes normally found near the river bends. Watch for two low-head dams and the remains of another dam.

The Raystown Branch Juniata River Water Trail boasts these sights along the way:

  • Friendship Village Campground and RV Park, 2 miles upstream of Bedford. The facility offers year-round camping and river access, as well as a camp store.

  • Old Bedford Village and Claycomb Covered Bridge. 1 mile upstream of Bedford, this historic colonial-era village showcases craftsmen and exhibits.

  • Fort Bedford Museum and historic Bedford, where you’ll find a museum, antiques and shopping, dining, lodging, and historic tours all within two blocks of the trailhead.

  • Juniata Woolen Mill. Built in 1805, it’s reputedly the first mill west of the Susquehanna River. You’ll see it 3 miles downstream of Bedford just past the Lutzville Bridge. The mill is adjacent to Newry Manor, an 1803 German colonial manor house.

  • The mid-state hiking trail, which runs from the C&O; Canal Trail in Maryland to the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon, traversing Bedford County north and south along the Tussey Mountain Ridge.

  • historic Everett, where shopping, dining, lodging, and historic sites await within four blocks of the river dike access point.

From Everett, the trail continues east for 7 miles until it reaches Juniata Crossing and the historic Stone Lodge built there about 1812. Stone Lodge overnight guests included Abraham Lincoln, P.T. Barnum, and Zachary Taylor.

The river also hosts the annual Bloody Run Canoe Classic between Bedford and Everett for both recreational and competition-class boats.

Boating regs mandate that you bring a flotation device for each person, an anchor light, some sort of daytime running lights, and a whistle or other sound-producing device. All boats, including canoes and kayaks, using the formal trailheads must have valid registration.

Fishing Canoeing / Kayaking
Facilities: Along the river trail, you can stop at many access/exit points with nearby facilities such as the Friendship Village Campground and RV Park, historic Bedford, historic Everett, and the Travelers Rest Motel and Restaurant.
Length: 55 miles / 89 kilometers
Accessibility: Most of the access points to the water trail are not handicapped accessible. The best bet is Fort Bedford Park.

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