Welcome to Huntingdon County
Welcome to Huntingdon County
Huntingdon County is a great place to live. Our small towns and rural countryside are home to over 45,000 people, spread throughout 48 townships and boroughs ranging in size from less than 100 people to nearly 7,000. While the county’s topography varies from gently rolling farmland to heavily forested mountains, the Juniata River and Raystown Lake are the area’s defining geographic features. They are also our most popular attractions, bringing tens of thousands of people each year to play in our clean mountain streams and enjoy the largest lake entirely contained within Pennsylvania. Created as a flood control project, Raystown Lake offers over 8,300 acres of water surface, creating opportunities for a host of water sports including water-skiing, tubing and personal watercraft use. Plenty of public space is available with 29,000 acres of beach and park space, complete with over a dozen public access boat launches. Known for its tremendous fishing, Raystown Lake attracts fishermen from throughout the state and beyond – all looking to land one of our trophy fish. The lake powers a hydroelectric dam and much of our community’s tourism business.
The waterways of Huntingdon County played a large role in the area’s development. Rivers were the first highways, used by hunters and trappers to gain access to the then remote forests. Early settlers were attracted by the fertile river valley and began to colonize the region. The Juniata River was a vital source of power for grain and woolen mills, as well as a means of transportation before the railroads were constructed in the mid-1800s.
Huntingdon, the county seat, is located on the banks of the Juniata River. As the county’s largest community, Huntingdon is home to a well-respected private college, a strong, cohesive business community, several churches and a rich history that dates back to the 1780s. Approximately 7,000 people call Huntingdon home – many with families that have lived here for generations. Like all our locales, neighbors know neighbors, visitors are welcome, and our streets provide a safe space for families to grow. Churches and service clubs form the area’s social backbone, and support our communities in important ways, raising funds for those in need, and working to move the community forward.
Huntingdon County’s 889 square miles are filled with scenic beauty, from the wide valleys and rolling fields near the farm country of the Williamsburg area, to the Juniata River flanked by towering mountains. The forests of Huntingdon County are rich with game and offer ample opportunities for hunters looking to harvest small game, turkey, whitetail deer and the occasional black bear. Trappers pursue everything from foxes and coyotes, to raccoons, and the elusive fisher, found along the area’s waterways.
Whether you are here for a visit or you plan to move to the area, the Chamber of Commerce is here to help. This website is designed to answer many of the most common questions about our community, but if you need more information, please don’t hesitate to visit our office at 500 Allegheny Street in Huntingdon, or call us at 814-643-1110.