Warriors Path State Park
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.
Seasons and Hours: The park is open every day of the year, sunrise to sunset. Day use areas close at dusk. The park entrance road and other areas are open specific seasons and hours. Contact the Canoe Creek Park office for facility seasons and hours.
Picnicking: Numerous picnic tables lie throughout the park. There are two, reservable picnic pavilions, with nearby restrooms. Pavilion # 2 and its adjacent restroom are ADA accessible.
Boating: 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.
Motorboats must display a current boat registration. Non-powered boats must display one of the following: boat registration; launching permit or mooring permit from Pennsylvania State Parks, available at most state park offices; launching permit from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission laws apply. Complete information on boating rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Web site.
Fishing: The Raystown Branch of the Juniata River provides excellent fishing opportunities for smallmouth bass, rock bass, muskellunge, walleye, catfish, eel, carp and sucker.
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission laws apply. Complete information on fishing rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Web site.
Hunting: Excluding posted safety zones, all of Warriors Path State Park is open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are deer, pheasant, rabbit, grouse and squirrel.
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. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Pennsylvania Game Commission rules and regulations apply. Contact the park office for ADA accessible hunting information.
Use extreme caution with firearms at all times. Other visitors use the park during hunting seasons. Firearms and archery equipment used for hunting may be uncased and ready for use only in authorized hunting areas during hunting seasons. In areas not open to hunting or during non-hunting seasons, firearms and archery equipment shall be kept in the owner’s vehicle or enclosed trailer. Exceptions include: law enforcement officers and individuals with a valid Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearms are authorized to carry a firearm concealed on their person while they are within a state park.
Complete information on hunting rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Game Commission Web site.
Hiking: 3 miles of trails
Organized Group Tenting: Qualified organized groups can camp in the primitive group tenting area from the beginning of trout season through October 31. The area can accommodate a single group of up to 80 people. Water and non-flush toilets are available. There are picnic tables and two large fire rings, but no showers or electricity. An adjacent pavilion with electricity is available for a separate fee. Parking within the area is prohibited. Advance reservations are required.
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Cross-country Skiing: About six miles of cross-country ski trails traverse through woods and field areas with the degree of difficulty ranging from easy to moderate.
Environmental Education and Interpretation
Numerous trails provide easy access to unique areas that can be observed and studied alone or through special request programs as park staff is available. A variety of old fields, wetlands and woodlands invite exploration.
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Access for People with Disabilities
If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit.