A pair of new boat launches have officially opened on the Juniata River, providing new, prime access to the Juniata River Water Trail as it passes through Huntingdon County.
The 2 new launches are located at Mapleton and Mount Union.
The new launch site in Mapleton Riverside Park includes a floating boat launch, a fishing platform, tent pads, 3-sided Adirondack camping shelters and a comfort station. A $127,000 Keystone Fund grant through the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources helped to pay for it.
A water trail is a boat route suitable for canoes, kayaks and small motorized crafts. DCNR works in cooperation with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, NPS and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council to provide guidance and management for water trails.
There are more than 2 dozen water trails, covering 2,100 miles, across Pennsylvania.
Partners on the 2 new launch sites included the National Park Service, Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network, Huntingdon County, the municipalities and the Allegheny Ridge Heritage Area, which manages the water trail.
The two new access points bookend the deep gorge and water gap known as Jack’s Narrows.
For more information on all types of trails in Pennsylvania visit the Explore PA Trails website.