County Offices
26 North Main Street
Mifflintown 717-436-7704

Chamber of Commerce
1 West Market Street
Lewistown 717-248-6713

Along with Mifflin County, scenic Juniata County is part of the unique Juniata Valley, combining the beauty of a rural landscape with access to East Coast metropolitan attractions. While this area is primarily rural and offers all the pleasures and serenity of country living, it also supports a wide variety of large and small businesses. The economic base is a blending of manufacturing, service industries, agriculture, and agribusiness industries. One of the county’s major employers is Kosher Poultry, claiming an expansive processing plant that exports product to international markets on five continents.

Residents of Juniata County enjoy a tranquil home at the edge of the densely populated Northeast Corridor, just a few hours from some of the nation’s most celebrated attractions. A number of quaint towns and villages dot the rural landscape, which also features the beauty of the rolling Juniata River. Visitors and residents enjoy first-rate transportation facilities that include major north/south and east/west four-lane highways, airport service, and bus lines. In addition to the county airport, commercial air service is available at the University Park Airport in nearby State College or at Harrisburg International Airport less than an hour east of the Juniata Valley.

Newcomers to Juniata County can look forward to the best of all worlds, harmonizing the services associated with a developed urban area with the friendliness of a small-town atmosphere. The regional Lewistown Hospital provides an acute-care, full-service, 140-bed medical center that serves a population exceeding 80,000 in Mifflin, Juniata, and surrounding counties. Among the hospital’s comprehensive medical and surgical services are many specialized units that include cardiopulmonary care, behavioral health, cancer care, birthing services, advanced imaging, hospice, and skill nursing home care. Throughout the area, skilled professionals are available in most major specialties to meet routine and advanced needs close to home.

Juniata County lies within a reasonable commuting distance from a number of institutions of higher education, including Pennsylvania State University, Juniata College, Susquehanna University, Bucknell University, and Harrisburg Area Community College. The public education system reflects the dedication to quality for which Pennsylvania schools are widely recognized, combining a strong core curriculum with special programs for the gifted and challenged and a wide range of extracurricular activities. Students of all ages as well as local business and industry benefit from the programs offered by the Juniata-Mifflin Vocational Technical School, and several private schools are available for interested families.

Many are drawn to Juniata County for its pristine beauty, relaxed pace of life, excellent housing values, friendly neighbors, and rural setting. While the county offers opportunities for local employment, the majority of residents commute to Harrisburg and Dauphin County or State College—the home of Pennsylvania State University. Cultural attractions are abundant in both urban centers, from symphony and choral groups to live stage productions, wonderful galleries, dance groups, and family programming. In addition to a major thoroughfare that links the county with Harrisburg and State College, the county offers close proximity to Interstates 80, 81, and 83 as well as the Pennsylvania Turnpike and U.S. 11-55.

Outdoor adventures and recreational amenities are outstanding in this rural paradise, which offers first-rate hunting, fishing, bird-watching, and fishing in nearly 12,000 acres of state gameland and 120,000 acres of private farmland. Wooded parkland, rivers, and streams encourage activities like hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, camping, and horseback riding. The Class 1 rated Juniata River provides access points at Mifflintown, Walker, Muskrat Springs, and Thompsontown. Other recreational facilities include an 18-hole championship golf course, a swimming pool, and tennis courts.

Throughout the calendar year, residents enjoy a variety of seasonal celebrations and festivals crowned by the Juniata County Fair. The nationally recognized Port Royal Speedway represents a regional draw to high-speed racing thrills. Throughout the countryside, newcomers will discover delightful farmers markets, antique shops, quilt and sewing stores, and dozens of gift shops. From fertile Amish farmland and modern dairies to beautiful new residential neighborhoods, Juniata County excels in quality of life.

Municipal Offices

Chamber of Commerce

The small, agricultural community of Mifflintown Borough serves as the county seat, situated along the major thoroughfare of U.S. Route 22/322. The borough actually originated with a plantation owned by John Harris, who settled in 1774 along the banks of the Juniata River at McClellan Ferry. When Juniata County was formed in 1831, the courthouse was built on a square block in the center of Mifflintown, left by the visionary Harris for the county’s use. While the borough provides a focal point of governmental activity, the major of growth and development in Juniata County dots the countryside around it. Residents of the borough and other small communities enjoy a wide variety of housing options, from quaint farmhouses to modern construction and country manors. Sites for outdoor activities close to home are some of the finest in Pennsylvania.

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