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Raystown Zip Lines

Some families escape to Raystown for the peace and quiet. The serenity of the lake and the town of Huntingdon offer a unique family getaway.

Some families head to Raystown for the sports. The Allegrippis Trails are considered one of the best mountain biking destinations in the country. The fishing on Raystown Lake is some of the best in the state. Boats, water skis, and jet skis are all over the lake on warm summer days.

Some families head to Raystown for the…thrills? Thanks to the brand-new Raystown Zip Line, they are. And visitors are lining up to try Central PA’s most exciting new thrill ride.

Just getting to Raystown Zip Lines can be considered an adventure if you’re unfamiliar with the area. It’s located just off Route 3031 near Trough Creek State Park. Follow the bright orange signs onto a dirt road and weave your way through the hills before seeing the unpaved parking lot. As you walk through the wooded path towards the ticket booth and equipment area, listen for the screams and laughter. If you hear them, you know you’re in the right place.

Raystown Zip Lines features four, soon-to-be five, steel cable zip lines running down the side of a mountain. The zip lines range in length from 600 feet to 1,000 feet. Most children reach a top speed of between 15-20 miles per hours as they make their descent. Most adults will find themselves speeding down the mountain around 25-30 miles per hours. And those who fall just under the 250 pound weight limit have been known to hit speeds of 40 miles per hour.

We were joined at Raystown Zip Line by a family of 14 in town for a long weekend to reunite at the lake. Their homes ranged across several states, and they have made Raystown their unofficial reunion spot. The Zip Line participants ranged in age from middle schoolers, to college students, to mothers. It was there first time at the Zip Line, and the thought of being suspended 50 feet above the ground was enough to cause some second thoughts in some people.

The first person down was a mother named Colleen. With a white-knuckle clench on the rig, she sailed down the 1,000-foot long course at a brisk pace. She slid into the landing area with her hair everywhere and a wide smile on her face. When asked to describe the zip line experience, all she could mutter was, “It was fun. It was a blast!” One-by-one, she watched the rest of her party slide down the lines – most of them screaming and laughing along the way. This was their first time at Raystown Zipline, but it probably won’t be the last.

Zip lining, made popular in the Caribbean and resort destinations, has certainly caught on in Raystown. Over Memorial Day Weekend, the staff estimates it had 200-300 people arrive…within the first hour. Warm, sunny days bring hundreds of people to the Zip Lines, forcing them to expand their thrill-seeking selection. This year, Raystown Zip Lines is adding giant swings and a mountain-style climbing wall to its list of attractions.

Raystown Zip Lines has added another exciting feature to the Huntingdon County landscape. Next time you’re heading to the lake, pack your mountain bike, fishing pole, and your thrill-seeking zip line hat. You might need it.

Raystown Zip Lines Website

WEEKEND HOURS OF OPERATION

10:00am – 12:00pm - Groups (By reservation only) - Call 814-643-5010 to reserve your time

12:00pm – 8:00pm – General Admission - Reservations not mandatory but advised so as to avoid waiting. - Call 814-643-5010 to reserve your time

8:00pm – 12:00am – Groups (By reservation only) - Call 814-643-5010 to reserve your time

WEEKDAY HOURS OF OPERATION

10:00am – 12:00pm - Groups (By reservation only) - Call 814-643-5010 to reserve your time

12:00pm – 4:00pm – General Admission - Reservations not mandatory but advised so as to avoid waiting. - Call 814-643-5010 to reserve your time

4:00pm – 12:00am – Groups (By reservation only) - Call 814-643-5010 to reserve your time