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Rothrock State Forest Recreation Description. North Face Hiking Boot
The mountain streams are annually stocked with trout, while the Juniata River, which borders the forest, provides good fishing for bass and other warm water fish. Wildlife is abundant. The alert observer may see deer, bear, and many species of small game.

The Mid State Trail is a cross-country hiking trail in the Ridge and Valley Region of Central Pennsylvania. The main trail parallels the route of the old Penns Creek Indian Path. It follows roughly along the border between Huntingdon and Centre Counties for a distance of more than 50 miles connecting the Colerain Picnic Area and Poe Paddy State Park in the Bald Eagle State Forest. Extensive forested areas through which it passes characterize the trail. This provides the hiker with a variety of successional changes in forests from newly regenerated stands through mature and virgin timber stands. The ridge top route offers many natural vistas providing excellent views of the area. The route of the trail takes the hiker through the Thickhead Wild Area, Bear Meadows and Detweiler Natural Areas. The Alan Seeger Natural Area is on the Greenwood Spur.

The main trail is marked with orange paint blaze rectangles of 2 inches by 6 inches. Side trails are paint blazed with blue rectangles of the same size. A double blaze is used to warn of an approaching turn. Trail registers have been installed at a number of places along the trail. Overnight camping is permitted anywhere along the trail except in the Natural Areas or within 200 feet of any forest road.

The Mid State Trail is a rugged and demanding mountain top trail and the hiker must assess his own liabilities, realizing the difficulties and possible dangers involved.

Raystown Lake, an 8,300-acre recreation lake of good quality water is an attractive natural setting providing excellent opportunities for picnicking, boating, fishing, camping, hiking, hunting and swimming. This twisting lake, the largest wholly within Pennsylvania, extends 22 miles and has over 110 miles of shoreline.

Raystown Dam that is located on Raystown Branch forms the lake, 5.5 miles upstream of its junction with the Juniata River. The Raystown Dam is a major element in the Susquehanna River Basin flood control system. Constructed at a cost of 76 million dollars, the dam is designed to provide flood control, recreation, enhancement of fishing and wildlife habitat and water quality.

At present there are 18 different recreational facilities available at the lake. There are seven boat access areas with over 560 car and boat trailer parking spaces and at four of these there are picnic facilities. For the hiker and boater there are 3 boat-to-shore campgrounds. At the large Seven-Points Recreation Area, there are 114 fee campsites, a large beach and bathhouse, picnic facilities and a marina. A non-fee drive-in campground is also available on the lake. Below the dam on the regular run of the river there are a small primitive drive-in campground and two picnic areas with river access.

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