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Juniata County Road Trip

Mar 16, 2016 05:28PM ● By Shannon Ostrovsky

Pomeroy Academia Bridge, photo courtesy by: Juniata County Historical Society

Discover hidden treasures throughout Juniata County as you drive through the vibrant green valley outlined by forested mountain ranges.

1) Academia Pomeroy Covered Bridge
The longest covered bridge in Pennsylvania, over 270 feet long, spans the majestic Tuscarora Creek near Academia. Joseph Pomeroy, once a local mill operator, built the bridge to replace the original one washed out by a flood in 1901. In 2009, the double-span covered bridge was rebuilt as a walking bridge and is now owned by the Juniata Historical Society. A great place for trout fishing and picnics.

From Route 322 take Route 75 south through Port Royal. About 1 mile outside of town, turn
right on Groninger Valley Road. You will see the beautiful Tuscarora Mountain bordering the valley along the south side. Turn left on Mill Road. It is a short distance to the bridge

2) Book Indian Mound
A burial ground located on Book Farm contains the remains of 26 Indians. The mound was ransacked for years by people collecting Indian artifacts, but in 1929 the area was excavated and preserved by the Pennsylvania Historical Commission. Walk the path to the burial ground marked by an old oak tree, fence and sign in the middle of an agricultural field.

From the bridge, continue on Mill Road to the stop sign then turn right. At Groninger Valley
Road turn left. Turn left again on Indian Mound Road. It will be on your right just before crossing the Tuscarora Creek.

3) Tuscarora Academy
The Tuscarora Academy, the first secondary school in Juniata County, dates back to the early 1800s. Degrees were offered in accounting, surveying and business. Today, the one remaining building houses artifacts of the school and antique treasures of the county, including the first hair dryer, electric curlers, medical supplies, fire equipment and much more.

Hours: Sunday 1:30 to 4 p.m. June, July and August.

From Book Indian Mound, go back to Groninger Valley Road and turn right. Turn left on
Academia Road. The museum is about one mile on your right.

4) Walnut Cheese Nook
A delightful little deli in the village of Walnut is a popular hotspot. The store sells cheeses, lunch meats, candies, coffee roasted from Lancaster County and much more.
Get a made-to-order hot or cold sandwich from the One Way Café which offers indoor and
outdoor seating as well as a play area for children. Closed Sundays.

From the museum, continue on Academia Road. Turn left on Cross Road (go slow and watch for hairpin turns) to Route 35 and turn right. The deli willbe a short distance on your left.

5) Juniata Valley Winery and Wilson House Bed and Breakfast
The original farmhouse was once a summer home for the wealthy Wilson family of Pittsburgh. In the early 1900s, one of the Wilson’s daughters lived in a stone Victorian mansion built on a hill across the street. She felt it was too far away from the main farmhouse so in 1918 the mansion was dismantled stone by stone and rebuilt beside the original farmhouse, where
it stands today. This beautiful structure houses the winery and bed and breakfast. Friday evenings in the summer, the winery hosts backyard parties with blazing fire pits and live music beside the thriving vineyard.
Check the Website for seasonal hours. 

From the Cheese Nook, turn left on Route 35 and drive 2.6 miles to the winery which will be on
your left.

6) Juniata River Bridge Walk
An open walking bridge crosses the Juniata River connecting the hamlets of Mifflin and Mifflintown. It replaces an old driving bridge for Route 35 which has
been rerouted to the south. Looking north from the bridge are Black Log Mountain, Jack’s Mountain and Shade Mountain offering a gorgeous backdrop to the picturesque Juniata River
and Bell Island. Parking is available on both sides of the bridge.

From the winery, turn left on Route 35 and just past Mountain View Elementary School the road makes a 90 degree right turn. Go around the corner and take the left just after the bridge to Mifflin. Turn left on Juniata Street for a few blocks then a right on Main Street to the bridge.

7) Midway Drive-
In Movie Theatre: A popular summer attraction, still thriving while many others from the by-gone era have closed. The concession stands sells hotdogs, popcorn and icecream.
Check the Website for seasonal hours and movie selections. 
Go back to Route 35 and turn left. At the round-a-bout take
the second exit, William Penn Highway and continue through town. Just past Arch Rock Road (on right) the theatre will be on your left. To return to Route 322 use Arch Rock Road.

By: Suzanne Ellis is a freelance writer and photographer based in Perry County

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