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Summer Day Getaway: Journey Down the Gentle Juniata River

by on June 01, 2015 7:00 AM

The Juniata River, a tributary to the mighty Susquehanna, may sometimes be overshadowed by its sister river – but it offers unique experiences of its own.

Where the Susquehanna has raging sections of rushing rapids, the Juniata offers a gentler trip through the rural hills of Pennsylvania, winding through mountain gaps and long stretches of flat, glassy water.

Juniata River Adventures has been helping people experience this gorgeous landmark for over a decade. Now, after a recent purchase from the nearby Buttonwood Campgrounds, they offer more to do than ever before.

Josh Haubert, an outside manager with Juniata River Adventures, says he sees a wide range of people come though to take advantage of the scenic trips that they offer -- which range in length from a few hours to a few days. Having helped people from everywhere from New Jersey to Missouri, he says “people really come out from all over the place, and from all walks of life.”

With trips ranging in length from a few hours to four days, Juniata River Adventures has something for everyone – whether it’s by canoe, kayak or inner tube.

“Just the other day we had a family come up from Washington D.C. – a mother, father, and several kids all under six years old,” Haubert says. “They took their canoe out for a two hour trip, and when they got back they told me, ‘We loved it. We’ll be back for sure.’’

For the adventurous at heart, the multi-day trip covers up to the 75 miles into the heart of Central Pennsylvania. Explorers can take their time to enjoy the lush river valleys of the area by day, while camping on river islands by night.

Haubert says he struggle to recall a customer that didn’t enjoy their time on the river. Trips are open to all ages and skill levels, though he says an adult must accompany anyone under 18 years old.

“The Juniata is such a peaceful river. It’s very scenic, but it’s also gentle and relaxing,” Haubert says. “A lot of the area we service is also very rural, so there’s nothing to distract you from the nature around you. People seem to really love that.”

For more information you can visit or call 717-320-1102.


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Michael Martin Garrett is a reporter and editor for who covers local government, the courts, the arts and writes the Keeping the Faith column. He's a Penn State alumnus, a published poet and the bassist in a local indie rock band.
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