Port Royal, a small, rural town in Central Pennsylvania, was once a stop on the old main line of the Pennsylvania Railroad. Located along the Juniata River, the town was once a gateway between Harrisburg and Lewistown for many forms of transportation before the automobile.
Located off of Route 322, Port Royal lies halfway between Harrisburg and State College.
To explore Port Royal, a car is needed to get around. There is no public transportation available.
The largest attraction for not only the town, but for Juniata County and surrounding area, is the Port Royal Speedway. The racetrack is a half mile dirt racetrack that opened in 1938. For a schedule and racing results, visit portroyalspeedway.com. Port Royal is also home to two covered bridges, the Academia/Pomeroy Covered Bridge and Lehman's Covered Bridge. The first is the longest remaining covered bridge in PA at 271'6" long. It's a double span Burr Truss design and was built in 1902. The bridge is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2009, the bridge was completely restored for approximately $1.8 million. The latter bridge was originally built in 1858 but was wiped out in 1972 by the flood waters from Hurricane Agnes. The 108' long bridge was rebuilt using salvaged original timbers. It's also on the National Register of Historic Places and is privately owned.
In addition to the racetrack and covered bridges, many people enjoy camping at Buttonwood Campground along the Juniata River. They campground offers canoeing, kayaking, pedal carts, laser tag, mini golf, swimming pool, horseshoes and more. Visit buttonwoodcamp.com for more information. Shoop's Country Campground is another local campground. Information: (717) 527-4885. The Juniata County Fair is held each year starting the Saturday before Labor Day and ending the Saturday after Labor Day. Located at the Juniata County Fairgrounds, the fair has been held here since 1852 and features the popular Tuscarora 50 race among other races that week, amusement rides, concessions, live entertainment, commercial exhibits, agrarian exhibits and more. Visit www.juniatacountyfair.com for more information.
Katrina's Little Cafe and MacBarney's are the two restaurants located in the town. Other nearby restaurants include The Original Italian Pizza, Juniata Junction, Harshbarger's Sub n' Malt, Spruce Hill Lunch, Walnut Cheese Nook/One Way Cafe, and Walnut Creme Stop.
Hazard's Distillery offers a premium line of spirits featuring their flavored moonshines and whiskey. Visit hazarddistillery.com for more information. The Juniata Valley Winery and Wilson House Bed and Breakfast are nearby as a source for wine. To beverage distributors, Royal Beverage and Juniata Beverage, offer all your beer and soda needs.
The closest hotel options are in nearby Mifflintown. Knight's Inn and the Econo Lodge are available for overnight accomodations. Wilson House Bed and Breakfast and Airbnb is another option.
The closest free internet service can be found at the Juniata County Library. For hours, visit www.juniatalibrary.org.
While here, stop by Mifflintown, Mexico, Thompsontown, McAlisterville and Richfield.