For more than two centuries in both Bedford and Huntingdon counties, pioneers have been traversing the Raystown Branch of the Juniata River. They have done so on primitive arks and canoes, mostly transporting goods to areas around the Susquehanna River near Harrisburg to trade.
In modern times, people have found the use of kayaks as a viable means of getting down the river. During the past two years, many area residents have participated in benefit “floats,” often starting at Ritchey’s Bridge and floating downriver to the Cooper Recreational area in Broad Top Township.
Getting in on the popularity of kayaking is a new business that recently opened in Saxton. Raystown Rent & Ride opened at 717 Spring St. in the old Bob Cunningham Sporting Good Store property.
Business owner Jared Weaver said he and his wife, Yari, opened the business on July 9. They are working out of a large