18 Must-See Attractions in Huntingdon County

A winter scene at Hawn's Overlook in Huntingdon County PA

Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania is home to a dizzying array of recreational attractions!

Mountains, lakes, waterfalls, museums, caves, covered bridges, railroads, hiking trails – Huntingdon County has them all.

The suspension bridge over Trough Creek.
The suspension bridge at Trough Creek State Park.

So what I’m going to present you with here are 18 of my favorite things to do in Huntingdon County, although the list could easily be two or three times longer.

York trolley car #163 pulling into the station at Rockhill in Huntingdon County.
York trolley car #163 pulling into the station at Rockhill in Huntingdon County.

Simply click on the blue text links for more information and directions to each attraction.


1. Visit Rainbow Falls

Rainbow Falls lies along Abbot Run in the heart of Trough Creek State Park.

Fall foliage at Rainbow Falls in Pennsylvania
Fall foliage at Rainbow Falls.

A multi-tiered waterfall that looks best after the spring thaw or a hard rain, Rainbow Falls is the most popular waterfall in Huntingdon County.

Rusty Glessner at Rainbow Falls in Trough Creek State Park
The author at Rainbow Falls at Trough Creek State Park.

2. Explore Trough Creek State Park

Trough Creek State Park is a spectacular 541-acre gorge formed by Great Trough Creek as it slices through Terrace Mountain on its way towards Raystown Lake.

Fall foliage at Copperas Rocks at Trough Creek State Park.
Great Trough Creek at Copperas Rocks in Huntingdon County.

Trough Creek State Park has miles of hiking trails, several unique rock formations, picnic and camping areas, and scenic views that rival anything in Pennsylvania.

Fall foliage at the Ledges Trail Overlook at Trough Creek State Park.
Fall foliage views from the Ledges Trail Overlook at Trough Creek State Park.

3. Visit Raystown Lake

Raystown Lake features, among other things, picnic areas, beaches, boat launches, campgrounds, and fishing galore!

Lake Raystown in Huntingdon County Pennsylvania.
Raystown Lake in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania.

It is 27 miles long, 200 feet deep in places, and covers 8,300 acres, making it the largest lake entirely within Pennsylvania’s borders.

Fall foliage at Raystown Dam near Trough Creek State Park in Huntingdon County.
Fall foliage at Raystown Lake near Trough Creek State Park.

4. Hike to Hawn’s Overlook

Hawn’s Overlook is the most famous of four scenic overlooks at Raystown Lake.

Observation area at Hawn's Overlook above Raystown Lake.
Hawn’s Overlook at Raystown Lake.

The size and magnitude of Raystown Lake becomes readily apparent at Hawn’s Overlook, which is located at the end of a 300 yard-long, relatively flat gravel path.

View from Hawn's Overlook at Raystown Lake.
View from Hawn’s Overlook at Raystown Lake.

5. Drive Through Saint Mary’s Covered Bridge

Saint Mary’s Covered Bridge is the only remaining covered bridge in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania.

Saint Mary's Covered Bridge in Huntingdon County, PA
Saint Mary’s Covered Bridge in Huntingdon County, PA

Saint Mary’s Covered Bridge is located between Shade Gap and Rockhill along Route 522, and is still open to vehicular traffic.

The interior of Saint Mary's Covered Bridge in Huntingdon County, PA
The interior of Saint Mary’s Covered Bridge.

6. Explore Greenwood Furnace State Park

Greenwood Furnace State Park is a 423 acre park 20 miles south of State College in Huntingdon County.

Summertime view of the dam at Greenwood Furnace State Park.
Summertime view of the dam at Greenwood Furnace State Park.

The centerpiece of Greenwood Furnace State Park is the 6 acre Greenwood Lake.

Boating at Greenwood Furnace State Park in October.
Boating at Greenwood Furnace State Park in October.

7. Visit the Rockhill Trolley Museum

The Rockhill Trolley Museum in southern Huntingdon County is Pennsylvania’s first operating trolley museum.

A Johnstown trolley car, built in 1925, in the Rockhill Trolley Museum collection.
The Rockhill Trolley Museum.

“Operating” being the key word, because at the Rockhill Trolley Museum visitors can literally ride antique electric streetcars on a scenic excursion through southern Huntingdon County!

The "motorman" operating the electric trolley on an excursion along the Shade Gap branch of the East Broad Top Railway.
The “motorman” operating the electric trolley on an excursion along the Shade Gap branch of the East Broad Top Railway.

8. Experience Whipple Dam State Park

Whipple Dam State Park is a 256 acre park 12 miles south of State College in Huntingdon County.

Kayaking at Whipple Dam State Park in Huntingdon County, PA.
Kayaking at Whipple Dam State Park.

The centerpiece of Whipple Dam State Park is the 22 acre Whipple Lake.

Paddleboarding on Whipple Lake.
Paddleboarding on Whipple Lake.


9. Hike to Indian Lookout

Indian Lookout in the Rothrock State Forest is one of the most spectacular scenic overlooks in all of central Pennsylvania.

Exploring Indian Lookout in the Rothrock State Forest.
Indian Lookout in Huntingdon County, PA.

Perched high above the former Colerain State Park (now part of the Rothrock State Forest), an expansive view of Spruce Creek, Canoe Mountain, Brush Mountain, and the distant Bald Eagle Mountain awaits you at at Indian Lookout.

Indian Lookout Vista in Huntingdon County Pennsylvania
Indian Lookout Vista.

10. Hike the 1000 Steps

The 1000 Steps along the Standing Stone Trail is one of the most famous hikes in Huntingdon County!

The 1000 Steps near Mount Union in Huntingdon County.
The 1000 Steps near Mount Union in Huntingdon County.

The reasons for its fame are many, especially the challenging nature of the hike and the incredible views from the top of the steps.

Mapleton Overlook along the Standing Stone Trail in Huntingdon County Pennsylvania.
Mapleton Overlook along the Standing Stone Trail.

11. Ride the East Broad Top Railroad

The East Broad Top Railroad offers passenger excursions, shop tours, and visits to the “roundhouse” where their fleet of six steam engines live.

The East Broad Top Railroad in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania.
The East Broad Top Railroad in Huntingdon County.

As the only surviving narrow gauge common carrier railroad east of the Rocky Mountains, the East Broad Top Railroad has officially been a National Historic Landmark since 1964.

A scenic train ride excursion prepares to depart from the East Broad Top station in Rockhill.
A scenic train ride excursion prepares to depart from the East Broad Top station.

12. Explore Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center

Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center is a Penn State owned and operated nature and wildlife learning center, located just 12 miles outside of State College in rural Huntingdon County.

Exploring the Shaver's Creek Environmental Center near State College, PA.
Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center

The recently-renovated Aviary at Shaver’s Creek has more than 20 non-releasable birds of prey that live on-site, including many species of owls, hawks, and eagles. 

A bald eagle at Shaver's Creek in Huntingdon County.
A bald eagle at Shaver’s Creek Aviary.

13. Explore Hidden Ruins at Raystown Lake

Exploring Hidden Ruins at Raystown Lake is your guide to discovering the abandoned ruins of roads, bridges, and homes of historical significance, hidden around and beneath the surface of Raystown Lake.

Sunken railroad bridge at Raystown Lake in Huntingdon County.
Sunken railroad bridge at Raystown Lake in Huntingdon County.


14. Hike the Alan Seeger Trail

The Alan Seeger Trail is a short but beautiful loop hike through the Alan Seeger Natural Area in the Rothrock State Forest.

Long shadows along the Alan Seeger Trail in Huntingdon County Pennsylvania.
Long shadows along the Alan Seeger Trail in Huntingdon County.

15. Visit the Isett Heritage Museum

The Isett Heritage Museum houses and displays over 40,000 items from everyday life in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Vintage televisions on display at the Isett Heritage Museum In Huntingdon County Pennsylvania.
Vintage televisions exhibit.

Comprised of 3 large buildings (one of which is a repurposed barn), the Isett Heritage Museum may be the most floor-to-ceiling packed with artifacts museum I’ve ever set foot in!

Vintage boomboxes on display at the Isett Heritage Museum In Huntingdon County Pennsylvania.
Vintage boomboxes.

16. Visit the Swigart Auto Museum

The Swigart Auto Museum in Huntingdon County is the oldest automobile museum in the United States!

The Swigart Museum features between 30 and 35 cars on display each year from their larger collection.
The Swigart Auto Museum features between 30 and 35 cars on display each year from their larger collection of nearly 160 vehicles.

The Swigart Auto Museum is open daily from Memorial Day weekend through the end of October.

The Swigart Museum is the oldest automobile museum in the United States and is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and celebration of the automobile and memorabilia.
The Swigart Museum is the oldest automobile museum in the United States and is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and celebration of the automobile and memorabilia.

17. Explore Lincoln Caverns and Whisper Rocks

Lincoln Caverns gives visitors the opportunity to explore an incredibly beautiful world far below the surface of Huntingdon County!

Visiting Lincoln Caverns in Huntingdon County Pennsylvania.
Lincoln Caverns in Huntingdon County.

Discovered during the construction of Route 22 in 1930, the Lincoln Caverns tour visits both the original cavern as well as Whisper Rocks cavern, discovered just prior to World War 2 on the hill above Lincoln Caverns.

Whisper Rocks Cavern in Huntingdon COunty PA.
Whisper Rocks Cavern.

18. Hike to Sausser’s Stone Pile

Sausser’s Stone Pile is a massive rock formation in the Rothrock State Forest that also happens to be one of the finest scenic overlooks in Huntingdon County!

Sausser's Stone Pile along the Standing Stone Trail in Huntingdon County.
Sausser’s Stone Pile along the Standing Stone Trail in Huntingdon County.

Sausser’s Stone Pile is located 0.7 miles from a parking area along Allensville Road, at the very top of Stone Mountain, on the Standing Stone Trail.

Exploring Sausser's Stone Pile in Huntingdon County PA.
The author at Sausser’s Stone Pile.

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Indian Wells Overlook in Centre County.
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Exterior of the Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum in Blair County Pennsylvania.
The Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum in Blair County.

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A fisherman at Cowans Gap State Park.
Fishing at Cowans Gap State Park in Fulton County.

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Big Mountain Overlook near McConnellsburg Pennsylvaia.
Big Mountain Overlook near McConnellsburg, Pennsylvaia.

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