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Mid-Week Getaway: Day 1 – Warren PA to Martinsburg PA

We returned home on Friday, March 25, from a 3-night stay near Raystown Lake in Pennsylvania. We departed Warren PA at 8:15 am on Tuesday, March 22, and arrived at Raystown Lake, near Huntingdon, shortly before noon.  We enjoyed the lake view from two overlooks — Ridenour Overlook and Hawn’s Overlook.  These two overlooks offer views of northern Raystown Lake. Both overlooks are easily accessed from the same parking area.

Ridenour Overlook of Raystown Dam

Hawn’s Overlook is located about 300 yards, about the length of three football fields, from Ridenour Overlook.

The trail to Hawn’s Overlook
Hawn’s Overlook of Raystown Lake
(looking to the right)
Hawn’s Overlook of Raystown Lake
(looking to the left)
Bob took this picture of me at Hawn’s Overlook

Leaving the overlook, our next destination was the Raystown Lake Visitor Center. The GPS took us directly across from Raystown Dam, which we viewed from Ridenour Overlook.

Raystown Lake Dam

From the dam we followed a gravel road along the Raystown Branch Juanita River to Route 22. We turned left onto Crooked Creek Road and made our way to the visitor center.  At the visitor center we enjoyed the view of the lake from the back deck of the visitor center.  Inside the visitor center we looked at several exhibits on display.  There is also a very nice gift shop inside the visitor center.

Raystown Lake Visitor Center
Seven Points Marina, as viewed from
the deck of the Raystown Lake Visitor Center
Raystown Lake Visitor Center exhibit
Raystown Lake Visitor Center exhibit
Raystown Lake Visitor Center exhibit
Raystown Lake Visitor Center exhibit

Leaving the Visitor Center, we made our way to our Airbnb in Martinsburg PA. It was an approximate 30-minute drive. A day or two before Ruth, our Airbnb host, had stated that we could check in early, if desired. Check-in time was 3:00 pm. We checked in around 2:30 pm, after eating lunch at a nearby Subway.

Around 4:00 pm we drove to Giant Eagle in Roaring Spring (about 6 miles away) and picked up a few groceries, as well as dinner — fried chicken, pasta salad and potato salad.

Stay tuned for my next blog post in which I write specifically about our Airbnb accommodation.

7 Responses to “Mid-Week Getaway: Day 1 – Warren PA to Martinsburg PA”

  1. Betty

    The overlooks look really pretty. I would have tried to get a picture of that bear biting Dan’s hand for my Friday Funnies. Of course, we don’t actually touch an exhibit, just get close. Looking forward to your next post. You like to travel, like we do.

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  2. Pamelasopenwindow

    Looks like a great place to visit! I had no idea PA had places like that! It’s been a LONG time since I was there. And to think, I was actually born in PA, but we moved to FL when I was almost 6 and rarely ever went back, so my knowledge is pretty limited. Glad you were able to get away, and I can’t wait to hear the rest of the story.

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  3. Eileen Wise

    Hello Linda,
    Hubby and I have been to Raystown Lake. They have a wonderful visitor center. Beautiful views.
    Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and the new week ahead.

    Reply

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