The 349-acre Warriors Path State Park lies very near the famous path used by the Iroquois in raids and wars with the Cherokees and other American Indians in southern Pennsylvania.
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.
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.
Hiking at Warriors Path State Park
3 miles of trails
The trails traverse through woods and field areas with the degree of difficulty ranging from easy to moderate.
Please wear fluorescent orange when hiking during hunting seasons.
Picnicking at Warriors Path State Park
This activity or structure is ADA accessible. Pavilion #2 and its adjacent restroom are ADA accessible.
Numerous picnic tables are throughout the park.
Wildlife Watching at Warriors Path State Park
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.
River otter have been released at various sites along the Raystown Branch of the Juniata River, near the park. Ruffed grouse nest in brushy areas and turkey frequent old fields. A fresh water swamp is great habitat for nesting wood duck and mallard. Fence lizards are often seen along the abandoned railroad corridor near the park gate.
Boating at Warriors Path State Park
A boat ramp for canoes, rafts, and small boats is available as a take out or launch site for floating the river.
Boating or rafting can be enjoyed during the spring or late fall. The water level of the river is usually too shallow for summer boating.
Fishing at Warriors Path State Park
The Raystown Branch of the Juniata River provides excellent fishing opportunities.
Common species are:
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission regulations and laws apply.
Hunting At Warriors Path State Park
During established seasons, all of Warriors Path State Park -- excluding posted safety zones -- are open to:
Training of dogs
Common game species are:
Hunting woodchucks, also known as groundhogs, is prohibited. Dog training is only permitted from the day following Labor Day through March 31 in designated hunting areas.
Cross-country Skiing at Warriors Path State Park
About six miles of cross-country ski trails traverse through woods and field areas with the degree of difficulty ranging from easy to moderate.