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Home > Visit a Gateway > Raystown Branch Juniata River Water Trail
Raystown Branch Juniata River Water Trail - Bedford County, PA
Raystown Branch Juniata River Water Trail
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The Juniata River flows through west-central Pennsylvania to the Susquehanna River, the largest of the Chesapeake Bay's tributaries. Along the Juniata's Raystown Branch, a 55 mile water trail allows paddlers to experience this part of the Bay watershed. The Raystown Branch water trail meanders through rural Bedford County, beginning in historic Bedford and running easterly towards Saxton.

The river passes through mountain ridges and played a major role in defining land transportation routes and the location of settlements in the area. Evidence of the rich industrial and farming heritage shows up at many places along the river trail.

The trail is characterized by slow pools interrupted by fast but shallow riffles. It is a Class I water course, ideal for the novice canoeist.

Please note that boating, canoeing, kayaking and other activities on rivers can be dangerous. Obtain a water trail map and guide and navigational maps in advance, plan your trip, and follow all safety precautions.

Hours: You can access the water trail 24 hours a day throughout the year, although common boating sense suggests remaining ashore after dark.

The trail is canoeable year round and is best traveled from March through July, when spring rains and snow runoff fill the rivers.

Fees: There are no fees to access the Raystown Branch water trail.

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