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Warriors Path State Park
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Warriors Path State Park
Description - The 334-acre park is located in Liberty Township, Bedford County, approximately two miles south of the Borough of Saxton. The Raystown Branch of the Juniata River, which empties into Raystown Lake approximately one mile downstream, bound this finger of land on three sides. The park is a seasonal day use area open from mid-April through the end of October. At other times of the year, visitors must park near the main gate and walk into the park. Warriors is a beautiful small state park with water on three sides. A boat ramp for canoes, rafts and small boats is available as a take out or launch site for floating the river. There are several picnicking opportunities at Warriors Path, with fresh drinking water and restrooms conveniently located nearby. Hiking, fishing and winter cross-country skiing are the main recreation sources in addition to small boating.

Attractions - The 334-acre park is located in Liberty Township, Bedford County, approximately two miles south of the Borough of Saxton. This finger of land is bounded on three sides by the Raystown Branch of the Juniata River, which empties into Raystown Lake approximately one mile downstream. The unique shape of the park was formed as a result of river meandering. This section of the river exhibits some of the best examples of natural stream meandering in the state.

Several unique habitats exist as a result of the river carving it's way through the land. A fresh water swamp follows the long axis of the park adjacent to the river bottomland. Also, across the river from the swamp is an excellent example of weathered shale cliffs with unique trees, plants, and animals associated with this environment.

The park is a seasonal day use area open from mid-April through the end of October. At other times of the year, visitors must park near the main gate and walk into the park.

Recreation - Warriors is a beautiful small state park with water on three sides. A boat ramp for canoes, rafts and small boats is available as a take out or launch site for floating the river. Best small boating seasons are spring and fall because the river is usually too shallow for summer boating. There are several picnicking opportunities at Warriors Path, with fresh drinking water and restrooms conveniently located nearby. Hiking, fishing and winter cross-country skiing are the main recreation sources in addition to small boating.

Trough Creek State Park, which consists of 554 acres, is located 12 miles northeast of Warriors Path State Park in Huntingdon County and contains three outstanding geological features; the Ice Mine, Balanced Rock and Copperas Rock. Hiking, camping, picnicking and fishing are popular in this park.

Climate - Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The Warriors Path State Park area has cold winter months with temperatures averaging around 24 to 28 degrees Fahrenheit (-4 to -2 degrees Celsius). The area's average summer temperatures range around 68 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit (20 to 22 Celsius).

Location - The park is located in south central Pennsylvania in Liberty Township just 2 miles south of the small town of Saxton. It lies along the Junlata River which is a tributary of Raystown Lake. The park is east of Woodcock Valley.


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Warriors Path State Park, c/o Trough Creek State Park, RR 1, Box 211 , James Creek, PA, 16657-9302, Phone: 814-658-3847
, troughcreek@dcnr.state.pa.us

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Laurel Highlands / Southern Alleghenies Area - This area's mountains, valleys, rivers, meadows and woodlands make it irresistible for relaxation and recreation. It also has Mt. Davis, the highest point in Pennsylvania.
Pennsylvania State Parks and Forests - Pennsylvania is known for producing some of the most valuable hardwood timber in the world. The 2.1 million acres of state forest land are protected from fire, destructive insects and diseases while offering a beautiful recreation environment for the visitor. Pennsylvania's State Park system offers visitors year-round recreational enjoyment as well. Amenities include: camping, picnicking, hiking, an assortment of winter sports and the viewing of the natural biological diversity and ecosystems found within the Commonwealth.
Trough Creek State Park - Located along a scenic gorge created as Great Trough Creek cuts through Terrace Mountain and empties into Raystown Lake, Trough Creek State Park was recognized for its natural and geological beauty during the mid 1930's when the Civilian Conservation Corps constructed park trails and facilities. This park offers beautiful hiking trails, scenic picnicking and is a quiet place to relax.

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