Destination guide

Relax in charming Raystown Lake

As the Appalachian ridges of Pennsylvania rise to the east, and sweeping swathes of forest hug the shorelines, Raystown Lake sloshes in its own little valley some 3 hours' drive out of Pittsburgh. The remote location is what imparts the charm, with everything from mountain-man cabins beckoning in the woods to romantic Raystown Lake vacation rentals spilling over the water's edge on the menu. Days can be spent wandering the leafy nature trails, bobbing on pontoons over the lake itself, flitting between the rustic campsites, or heading out on hunting expeditions through the thick woodlands.

Things to do

Raystown Lake touts its natural side

Just one glimpse of the thickly wooded banks and the rising Appalachian ridges all around the door of your Raystown Lake vacation rentals should be enough to reveal that this corner of Pennsylvania is famed for its natural attractions. Take the protected Raystown Lake Recreation Area, which has access to marked hiking paths on the Allegrippis Trails, the huge Great Eastern Trail system, and others _ expect a montage of beautiful forests and lapping waters. Other draws include the immersive Keystone Foundry Museum in the south, and the handsome Brookmere Winery in the north.


Rest and recreation on Raystown Lake

If you've been pining for that well-deserved dose of R&R, then you've come to the right place. Raystown Lake vacation rentals offer a chance to break away from the big cities of the eastern US and kick back on tree-shrouded decks, stargaze under clear skies, or sooth the muscles in bubbling hot tubs while chirping birds flit overhead. Others will have doorstep access to the leafy walking trails of the Appalachian region, or private jetties from which to launch lackadaisical canoeing outings between the wooded banks. And for adrenaline junkies? Cave systems aplenty mean spelunking is always an option.


Winter or summer in Raystown Lake

There's no question that Raystown Lake vacation rentals are at their most popular during the summer months, between June and August. That's when people from all over Pennsylvania flock to splash in the water and wallow on the shady trails that ring the lake. However, other times of year offer their own enchantments. Winter has snow-shoeing and snowmobile tracks, and the timber cabins are surely at their coziest then. And then fall comes, with the beautiful kaleidoscope of changing colors that occurs in the Appalachian forests.

Natural features

Raystown Lake is forests and ridges

As it snakes its way through the heartlands of southern Pennsylvania, Raystown Lake offers up a showcase of what's so beautiful about Appalachia's backcountry. Forests cascade like blankets of greenery all the way from the top of the low-lying hills to the banks of the water. Occasionally, islands poke their grove-topped heads over the surface too, and herons and bald eagles all flit through the airs. Some of the best natural wonders are shared between the Raystown Lake Recreation Area and Terrace Mountain, which both have hiking trails, creeks, wild turkeys, and more.

How many vacation rentals are available around Raystown Lake, US?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 90 vacation rentals around Raystown Lake. From 36 cabin rentals to 38 house rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Raystown Lake?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Raystown Lake. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular destinations to visit are:

  • James Creek: 84 vacation rentals
  • Claysburg: 19 vacation rentals
  • Bedford: 29 vacation rentals
  • Hesston: 82 vacation rentals
  • Todd: 77 vacation rentals

And Vrbo offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Raystown Lake! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Raystown Lake?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Raystown Lake:

  • James Creek: 84 rentals
  • Claysburg: 19 rentals
  • Bedford: 29 rentals
  • Hesston: 82 rentals
  • Todd: 77 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Raystown Lake?

Vrbo offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Raystown Lake. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Trough Creek State Park: 87 rentals
  • Seven Points Marina: 87 rentals
  • Greenwood Furnace State Park: 161 rentals
  • Canoe Creek State Park: 92 rentals
  • 321 Gallery: 77 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Raystown Lake listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.