Port Royal is a small town of about 1,000 residents situated where the Tuscarora Creek flows into the Juniata River in central Pennsylvania. For much of its history, the town primarily served the farming community that surrounded it. Transportation has had a great effect on the town. Its location along the river allowed it to be part of the Pennsylvania Canal and part of the Pennsylvania Railroad.
Port Royal is located along Route 75 and is conveniently located off Route 322/22.
In addition to the river, the Tuscarora Mountains and farmland surround the town. The Juniata County Fairgrounds and Port Royal Speedway have made the town well-known to visitors from across the country. The Juniata County Fair started in 1852 as a showcase for agrarian enterprise and now has become the home the number one dirt track on the East Coast. Visit the speedway's website for a schedule of events. The Lehman Covered Bridge, built in 1858, was rebuilt in 1973 from salvaged, original timbers after the bridge was topped by Hurricane Agnes in June 1972. Is it privately owned, but is easily seen from Route 333.
From March through October, Port Royal Speedway is home to some of the best dirt track racing on the East Coast. Visit portroyalspeedway.com for a schedule of events. The Juniata County Fair is held the week of Labor Day each year and features amusement rides, animal competitions, food, dirt track racing, live music and vendors.
Retail is limited to Family Dollar, Mandee's Boutique and Sarah's Sweetz which is open during the holidays.
Loagies Hoagies & The Original Italian Pizza are open year round and McBarney's is open from March through September.
Hazard's Distillery offers a premium spirit line featuring flavored moonshines and whiskey. The micro-distillery produces hand-crafted batches of artisan whiskey and moonshine in their modern industrial style tasting room.
There are no hotels or bed and breakfasts within the borough.
For ideas of things to do, visit www.juniatarivervalley.org