3 WEEKEND ITINERARIES
ALL THERE IS TO DO SOUTH OF PA-322
Like an everchanging kaleidoscope, every mile of South Juniata County presents itself to the eye like a new scene. To the thousands who travel along the banks of the Juniata River and through the mountains and valleys that make up this area, the scenery and activities are a source of never-ending delight.
Once inhabited by many tribes of Native Americans, the forests and waters were the haunts of the original people who have left a special mark on the county with their melodious names including Tuscarora and Juniata.
The early settlers also helped create the rich and varied heritage we know today. Once a bustling hub on the Pennsylvania Canal and the Pennsylvania Railroad, Juniata County is easily accessed from most major cities within a few hours via modern highways.
Browse our self-guided tours featuring three of the biggest attractions in the southern end of the county. These itineraries will introduce you to local businesses, historic sites, delicious food, and lodging ideas, all located south of Route 322.
It is the true “heartland” of Pennsylvania and finding its hidden charms amid the sweeping landscape is worth the journey!
SPEED PALACE TAILGREAT!
PORT ROYAL SPEEDWAY Known as “The Speed Palace,” Port Royal Speedway is arguably the premier half-mile dirt track on the East Coast, if not the country. The track is host to a jam-packed race schedule of sprint car and stock car races throughout its 8-month season.
The fan-friendly venue has undertaken several major projects that gives fans an experience that puts them close to the drivers and cars - a big attraction even when they aren’t going around the track.
For those who choose to travel by RV or camper, the track’s camping area will enhance the overall experience at the track. Set your camping area up for the weekend and visit the following locations to supply your tailgate with the freshest food or tastiest drinks from the area.
RISE 'N SHINE
IHOP in Mifflintown will serve you breakfast any time of day.
HAZARD’S DISTILLERY Great times start with Hazard’s. This micro-distillery is producing hand-crafted batches of artisan whiskey and moonshine. Their tasting room pays homage to the building’s former life as a car garage.
Make it a party by stopping by ROYAL BEVERAGE to pick up your choice of craft, domestic, and import beer, spirits, and non-alcoholic beverages.
RACE DAY GRUB
BENNER’S BUTCHER SHOPPE This custom butchering and curing shop specializes in farm beef and pork. Select from a great variety of a freshly cut meats.
LOAGIES HOAGIES Known locally to have the best Philly-style cheesesteaks around!
TURBETT BACK 40 Pack a ton of flavor into your next tailgate with their line of gourmet sauces and dips. Seafood available in the freezer section.
TYSON HILL OIP Best pizza in town.
BUTTONWOOD CAMPGROUND, RIVER’S EDGE RV PARK AND CAMPGROUND, and the CHRISTIAN RETREAT CENTER are nearby for more RV camping.
Gather your race family and head to either 13 OAKS CABIN or MILEPOST 142 for accommodations surrounded by the area’s natural beauty.
THE ECONO LODGE offers 47 individually furnished guestrooms.
As the fourth-generation steward of this farm, Dan Love is committed to his family’s heritage that runs as deep as the soil he farms. He is passionate about sharing his agricultural knowledge while providing his customers a locally grown, quality product.
LOVETWO EAT Farm Store offers their own beef, plus more than 15 local farmers’ products including cheese, milk, ice cream, hickory syrup, pork, and even popcorn!
Tour the crop fields on a hay wagon ride, meet the many farm animals, and have a conversation with the farm hands. Be sure to meet Harry the miniature highlander, Theo the water buffalo, and Remington the zoonky. No admission for the animals ~by donation.
RISE 'N SHINE
WALNUT CHEESE NOOK AND ONE WAY CAFÉ Gourmet coffee. Fresh smoothies. Delicious pastries. Homemade breakfast.
JUNIATA VALLEY WINERY Visit the 19th century estate and taste their Traminette, made with the white grapes grown in the on-site vineyard. The winery also hosts a Friday Night Music series during the summer.
JUNIATA RIVER COMMONS Discover the abundance of food, flowers, and artisans in the Juniata River Valley under one roof at the new market, café and gathering space.
BRUMMER’S HAPPY BREEZE FARM The three-generation farm sells only what they grow. Known for their potatoes, they also grow a variety of produce, fresh flowers, and they specialize in 100% Berkshire Pork.
MIFFLINTOWN FARMER’S MARKET Find the farms listed in this brochure and more at the downtown Mifflintown market on the second Saturday of each month, June through October
FARM TO FORK
SPRUCE HILL LUNCH Known for their famous homemade pies, this charming restaurant will take you a step back in time.
GUANTE FAMILY RESTAURANT This Hispanic restaurant presents a menu featuring diverse Latino flavors from around the world while sourcing as much as possible from our local farmers and butcher shops.
SUNRISE GREENHOUSE Open year-round, this Amish-owned greenhouse offers a vast selection of flowers, trees, shrubs, and garden vegetables. Bring cash or good check. Closed Sundays.
VILLAGE ACRES Celebrating more than 30 years of organic certification, this farm produces organic vegetables, berries, flowers, and pastured livestock. Wilding Hope, their seasonal cut flower division, offers design workshops, flower bar events, and u-pick gardens.
SARAH’S BLOOMERS A wide variety of annuals and perennials and a gift shop inside a yurt
RV THERE YET?
Stay at the nationally known, award-winning BUTTONWOOD CAMPGROUND and you will be surrounded by the best of Central PA’s natural scenery. Located along the Juniata River, this fun-filled campground has a plethora of amenities to keep you entertained, including an on-site winery.
Play in the Juniata River, the swimming pool, or the mini golf course. Take a hayride or participate in one of their many themed weekends and golf cart parades. Mid-season wristband packages give campers daily use of river innertubes, the jumping pillow, pedal karts, and laser tag. Reserve early!
RISE 'N SHINE
JUNIATA JUNCTION Start the day with a hearty breakfast at Juniata Junction. Take your time selecting from their large menu.
HARSHBARGER’S SUB ‘N MALT Nostalgia is being served at this 1950s themed restaurant and ice cream parlor. Choose from old-fashioned milkshakes, sundaes, parfaits, or a good ole’ float. Lunch and dinner are served, too.
JACK’S DRIVE-IN Nothing better than stopping by this ice cream shop on a warm summer’s night. Try the Jackpot Sundae Boat!
MIDWAY DRIVE-IN THEATER This drive-in movie theater, serving the Juniata River Valley since 1950, plays first-run movies all summer long. Grab some snacks at the concession stand and enjoy the evening outdoors. Visit their Facebook page for the weekly movie announcement.
TUSCARORA ACADEMY This site is home to the Juniata County Historical Society’s Museum. Exhibits include an old-fashioned post office, general store, doctor’s office, Native American artifacts, and artwork. Open Sundays June-August from 1-4 p.m.
COVERED BRIDGES Juniata County is home to four covered bridges, with two located in South Juniata County. THE LEHMAN COVERED BRIDGE, and the POMEROY-ACADEMIA COVERED BRIDGE, the longest one in PA.
LEWISTOWN NARROWS CANAL PARK Discover the Pennsylvania Mainline Canal System history while viewing remnants of one of the lift locks and lock keeper’s house. Informational signs and markers will inform hikers along the three-mile, out and back hike.
JUNIATA COUNTY COURTHOUSE The Juniata County Courthouse is nearly 150 years old, yet still plays a vital governing role. Constructed of 425,000 good bricks and 20,000 pressed bricks, the courthouse was completed Jan. 1, 1875. The building was completed as designed with the addition of a bell tower, clock, furniture and more for a total cost of $63,000. A revolving display of county artifacts is on display in the hallways by the Juniata County Historical Society.
BOOK INDIAN MOUND Early landowners and others, unaware and disregarding its significance to the Native American culture, scattered most of its contents over their fields or removed the artifacts. By the time the Pennsylvania Historical Commission performed an investigative dig in 1929, the plow and vandalism had significantly altered the mound’s characteristic elements. A small monument marks the location of the former mound.
FORT BIGHAM Placed in 1934, a monument for Fort Bigham was erected and dedicated to mark the area where the fort once stood. The fort was erected in 1754 by pioneer settlers who were captured and killed in 1756 by Native Americans. The fort was rebuilt in 1760 but was again destroyed in 1766. However, the inhabitants were warned by a friendly native of the coming attack and were able to escape unharmed.
4TH & MARKET | 315 MARKET ST., PORT ROYAL Naturals by Val’s high-quality natural product line provides nurturing benefits to your body and is environmentally friendly! Find her homemade products inside this cute women-owned boutique.
RIVER VALLEY FLY FISHING | 717-994-1233 @RIVERVALLEY_FLYFISHING Offering full and half day float or wade trips on central Pennsylvania's premier trout and smallmouth bass waters.
STAN’S COFFEE COMPANY | 624 W. MAIN ST., THOMPSONTOWN Share your story and make great connections over a cup of coffee at the new Stan's Coffee Company in Thompsontown. The 1860s era home has been meticulously renovated and the owners are ready to show you the hospitality that this home’s former owners were known for.
For an added treat during your travels, add the Quilt Mural Trail to your itinerary. The trail is a loop of 8’ square painted quilts, mounted on barns and buildings in three counties. For the downloadable map, visit perrycountyarts.org and select the public art option.
GRIDIRON PUB/GRIDIRON PIZZA | 32 N. MAIN ST., MIFFILNTOWN It’s two sports bars in one! The upper-level pub features five TVs, DJ entertainment, and the best wings in the county. The lower-level pizzeria serves fresh Neapolitan brick oven pizza alongside a 10-foot-large screen TV to watch racing at the Speed Palace on FLO Racing or Dirtvision, and NFL games.
SPEED PALACE TAILGREAT!
1. Port Royal Speedway- 308 W. 8th St., Port Royal
2. iHop- 33 Stop Plaza Drive, Mifflintown
3. Hazard’s Distillery- 26555 Route 75, Mifflintown
4. Royal Beverage- 5530 William Penn Highway, Mifflintown
5. Benners’ Butcher Shoppe- 56 Platt Hollow Road, Thompsontown
6. Loagies Hoagies- 316 Market St., Port Royal
7. Original Italian Pizza-Tyson Hill- 27171 Route 75 N., Mifflintown
8. Turbett Back 40- 25834 Route 75, Port Royal
9. River’s Edge RV Park and Campground- 1274 William Penn Highway, Mifflintown
10. Christian Retreat Center- 369 CRC Drive, East Waterford
11. 13 Oaks Cabin- Red Oak Lane, Honey Grove
12. Milepost 142- 21132 Route 333, Thompsontown
13. The Econo Lodge- 29 Stop Plaza Drive, Mifflintown
14. LoveTwo Farm- 417 Smokey Hollow Rd., East Waterford
15. Juniata Valley Winery- 19175 Route 35, Mifflin
16. Juniata River Commons- 2218 William Penn Highway, Mifflintown
17. Brummer’s Happy Breeze Farm- 316 Butchershop Road, Port Royal
18. Walnut Cheese Nook and One Way Café- 17815 Route 35, Port Royal
19. Spruce Hill Lunch- 21769 Route 75, Port Royal
20. Guante Family Restaurant- 111 Bridge St., Mifflintown
21. Sunrise Greenhouse- 9318 William Penn Highway, Mifflintown
22. Village Acres/Wilding Hope- 229 Cuba Mills Road, Mifflintown
23. Sarah's Bloomers- 13617 Route 333, Port Royal
24. Mifflintown Farmer's Market- Bridge St., Mifflintown
RV THERE YET?
25. Buttonwood Campground- 1515 E. River Road, Mifflintown
26. Juniata Junction- 5813 William Penn Highway, Mifflintown
27. Harshbarger’s Sub ‘n Malt- 716 Swamp Road, Mifflintown
28. Jack's Drive-In Twin Service- 8 Wilson St., Mifflin
29. Midway Drive-In Theater- 1380 William Penn Highway, Mifflintown
30. Tuscarora Academy- 472 Academia Road, Mifflin
31. The Lehman Covered Bridge- 10966 Route 333, Mayer Road, Port Royal
32. The Pomeroy-Academia Covered Bridge- 70 Mill Road, Port Royal
33. Lewistown Narrows Canal Park- William Penn Highway, Mifflintown
34. Juniata County Courthouse- 1 N. Main St., Mifflintown
35. Book Indian Mound- 1547 Indian Mound Rd., Mifflin
36. Fort Bigham- Intersection Route 75 and State Route 3006, Honey Grove