The beautiful Juniata River flows through central Pennsylvania to where it joins the Susquehanna (a Chesapeake Bay tributary) above Harrisburg. Following the river through its picturesque valley, one can explore the rich cultural and natural heritage of the region. Opportunities abound for seasonal flat-water paddling for individuals and families interested in single or multi-day river trips. Annual river sojourns allow residents and visitors to experience the unique cultural, natural and historical aspects of the waterway.
The Juniata River Water Trail will also be an important link in the developing Pittsburgh-to-Harrisburg Mainline Canal Greenway™, which connects and promotes stewardship efforts, recreation opportunities, and heritage development projects throughout the corridor.
The Allegheny Ridge Corporation (ARCorp) manages the Juniata River Water Trail, established as a mapped route for exploring the river by canoe, kayak or small boat. The Juniata River Water Trail includes printed guides for the Upper and Lower Sections of the Juniata, as well as the Raystown Branch. The guides contain detailed maps with river mileage, safety suggestions, and information on and directions to nearby cultural amenities. Interpretive signs and mileage markers are in place at 27 access points along the Upper and Lower Juniata. Printable copies of the JRWT Guides can be downloaded from the Pa. Fish and Boat Commission Web site at http://www.fish.state.pa.us/watertrails/trailindex.htm.