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Huntingdon is a small city in south-central Pennsylvania, a largely rural area that features Raystown Lake, the state’s “crown jewel.” It’s the largest lake in Pennsylvania, 30 miles long with 118 miles of shoreline. A big draw here is the lack of development, making the lake a popular destination for water sports and camping. Central Pennsylvania sits atop a massive formation of limestone karst, providing a number of opportunities to explore caves such as Lincoln Caverns. Rich in history, the nearby village of Broad Top will please rail enthusiasts and those with an interest in coal mining. Founded in 1856, the East Broad Top Railroad ...

Huntingdon is a small city in south-central Pennsylvania, a largely rural area that features Raystown Lake, the state’s “crown jewel.” It’s the largest lake in Pennsylvania, 30 miles long with 118 miles of shoreline. A big draw here is the lack of development, making the lake a popular destination for water sports and camping. Central Pennsylvania sits atop a massive formation of limestone karst, providing a number of opportunities to explore caves such as Lincoln Caverns. Rich in history, the nearby village of Broad Top will please rail enthusiasts and those with an interest in coal mining. Founded in 1856, the East Broad Top Railroad began as one of many narrow gauge railways carrying lumber, ore, coal, and passengers. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964, the EBT is the most complete historic railroad site in North America. The nearby Rockhill Trolley Museum completes the transportation picture. One of the railway’s primary duties was to haul hard coal, brought up from the depths of the earth by the labor of miners in the area: a museum dedicated to their history is also in the town.

Joanne Miller
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Joanne Miller is the author of several Moon guidebooks, including Pennsylvania Handbook, Chesapeake Bay Handbook, and Maryland/Delaware Handbook.

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    Mid-summer — the hotter the better!