14 reviews

1 / 20 Main living 2nd level w/screened in porch & wrap around deck3 steps to back yard



Log cabin
Pets allowed:
Wi-Fi available:

Description from owner

Our cabin is located at the Northern End of Raystown Lake a few miles from Seven Points Marina. Our vacation rental cabin is named Bears Den and is within hiking distance to the lake. Travel along scenic Piney Ridge Road 4.5 mile, to the cabin located half mile down Parks Rd, formally known (and still on many map as state rte 3018. Challenge your hiking skills by walking down the path 2/10th of a mile from the cabin to the lake or park in the cul de sac & hike 300' to the lake which is maintained by the Core of Engineers. Take a fishing rod or towel with you to sit & relax in this quiet no wake area of the lake, you won't hear a sound except mother nature at it's finest! We are 5 miles from Seven Points Marina boating and the swimming area. At the Marina you will find a (seasonal) restaurant boat rentals & the many boat slips.

If you don't have a boat & would like to spend time on the lake, you can enjoy a pleasant ride aboard the Princess which leaves the Marina around 1:15 PM for 2.5 hour ride on the lake. Check the dates & hours of operation for the many dinner cruises. Relax and enjoy the open air 2nd floor or sit in the climate controlled 1st floor. You can rent pontoon boats, kayaks, flat boards & motor boats to spend an enjoyable day out on the lake with friends and family by calling Seven Points Marina to reserve a boat.

For your own boat you can rent a slip by the day or week while on your vacation. Charter one of the many fishing guides for a few hours or go on a midnight outing to catch some of the many fish in the lake.

Our Raystown Lake vacation Bear's Den cabin is surrounded with trees on a mature landscaped acre lot. There is enough parking for a few cars. Please be respectful of our full time neighbors.

Our cabin offers central air plus many ceiling fans to help keep you cool in the summer months. Hickory hardwood floors, full kitchen with microwave & dishwasher. Service for 12. The cabin is furnished with beautifully made Amish log furniture and decorated with a bear theme. Free WIFI. TV in the living room, master bedroom & the family room has a 47" cable TV & NFL Network. Lots of seating areas and gliders to relax on. Enjoy the pool table which converts into a ping pong table & the bar area and still have plenty of room for children to play on their own table & chairs, games, toys & walker. The cabin has an open feel to it with over 2100 sq ft to relax in. There are 3 bedrooms on the main floor and a queen and twin bed in the corner end of the family room with bath w/ shower stall.

The cabin is cozy enough for two on a romantic getaway or spacious enough for family & friends.

Enjoy listening to the birds in the morning with your coffee on the screened in porch & enjoy relaxing meals in the evening , ceiling fan with light so you can play card games at night. We have a gas grill with an extra tank off the screened in porch. Relax around the fire ring in the evenings and make some delicious s'mores or mountain pies.

Beds: 1 King Bed, 2 Queen Beds, 3 Twin Beds

About the area

Raystown Lake celebrated it's 40th anniversary in 2014. The US Army Corps of Engineers completed the lake in 1974. The lake is surrounded with woods and mountain ridges. The lake has become a world class fishery, hosting more than 90 annual bass tournaments, pleasure boating, water skying and swimming area. Rent a pontoon boat and spend the day on the beautiful Raystown Lake. On the way driving down Seven Points Road to the Seven Points Marina, stop & tour the Raystown Lake Visitors Center. Close by is the swimming area with man made beaches, new sand is brought in every summer, great on the feet. Take a snack & enjoy a relaxing walk back toward the pavilion & playground/jungle gym set and view the lake on all sides. Plenty of picnic tables. The beach area has a bath house & bathrooms. A snack bar can be found located on the other side of the grass area up on the hill overlooking the lake. (burgers,hotdogs, fries etc) with picnic tables & bathrooms & changing room. Enjoy the view from Henderson Overlook and an easy 300 yard walk to Hawn's Overlook to view the dam and possibly spot an eagle flying by. To date 5 nests have been spotted around the lake. One of our repeat vacationers to the cabin loves to fish & was enjoying fishing in a quiet cove when he had an eagle perch right above their boat. Keep your eyes open you might even get to see a bear swimming in the lake, two have been caught on camera over the years that I know of, I have pictures of them swimming in the lake in our welcome book. Did you know the town of Huntingdon was voted # 1 for small towns to visit in PA. The town has many historical buildings, lots of great eating establishments & grocery stores & events going on throughout the year. I have a welcome book in the cabin with many brochures from local restaurants & ideas for places to visit. Visit Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville within a 2 hour drive from the cabin. In May the Allegrippis Bike Dirt Fest is held & is becoming the biggest in the East Coast for mountain biking. Just to mention a few places to tour or hike are the Isett Museum, Sweigart Antique Auto Museum, Lincoln Caverns, Trough Creek, Rails to Trails. Thursday's in the summer June to mid October from noon to 5 pm stop by the outdoor market in the Huntingdon park & buy some fresh made breads, cookies, deserts, fruits in season & local grown vegetable's. Enjoy a play at the local playhouse in McConnelstown, golf in one of the local golf courses. Visit the Visitors Center at Seven Points Marina for a view of the lake from their deck & visit the information room on how the lake was built. On Tuesday Mornings mid June through mid August stop by the Raystown Lake Visitors Center's Wake Up Reception with many door prizes given out & listen to interesting facts about the area while enjoying coffee and bagels from local restaurants. Juniata College is just minutes away. Altoona is within a half hour drive, home of Lakemont Amusement Park & plenty of Shopping, Railroaders Memorial Museum & many great restaurants, close by in Tipton is DelGrosso's Amusement Park, great for the whole family, 2016 new water slides being added for the 2016 opening. Penn State is within 45 minutes. We have many brochures and maps of the area's on our coffee table. Spend a night at the cabin during Penn State's football season. Great place to stay for graduation & many events at either Juniata or Penn State College. Bedford is within an hour, golf at the beautiful Bedford Springs Inn and let the wives enjoy the warm spring water bath & spa & enjoy it's many fine restaurants. Visit the Old Bedford Villiage & the many great shops in downtown Bedford. Visiting in the Fall is a beautiful time to be in the Alleghenies. All the color in a Fall canvas can be appreciated by taking drives around the area. Book early these dates fill up fast.Take a day trip to view the Elk or spend a night at the Benezette Hotel & drive around to the overlooks early in the mornings & early evenings to watch & listen to the elk's bugling. The leaves are just beautiful that time of year. Don't hurry during your stay, we welcome you to relax and enjoy a slice of heaven! Check out Raystown Lake Events & Happenings to learn more about the hidden treasures in this beautiful area..

Owner profile

Bill & Doris S



  • Air conditioning
  • Grill
  • Heating
  • Fireplace
  • High Speed Internet
  • Linen provided
  • Parking Included
  • Pet Friendly


  • Clothes dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron
  • CD player
  • Refrigerator
  • Satellite TV
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Video player
  • Washing machine


  • Cycling Trips
  • Fishing
  • Games room
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Water sports
  • Horse riding
  • Pool or snooker table

Reviews (14)

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14 reviews

“Great Vacation Getaway!”

Reviewed 14 Aug 2016

Bear's Den exceeded our expectations in many ways - house spacious, great yard for outdoor games and a fire, awesome man cave in the basement for three teenage boys, very comfy beds, well stocked kitchen, and great proximity to the calm beautiful northern end of Raystown Lake (very short walk to swimming and fishing)! Would highly recommend this great house to everyone, hope to be back again!!

Owner's reply: Hi Pamela, Thank you for your wonderful review, we are happy you choose to stay at our place near the Raystown Lake in Huntingdon. We hope your schedule allows time to come back! Doris Shank

“Great rental”

Reviewed 24 May 2016

We rented the Bears Den for graduation at Juniata College.Arrived Friday and left Sunday. The cabin is beautiful. The pool table in the lower level was a great hit. The house is very spacious, supplied with everything you would need. Will stay there again. Highly recommended!!

Owner's reply: We appreciate your review & vey happy you chose to stay at the Bears Den for this wonderful event! We will look forward to hearing from you in the future. Thank you again, Doris Shank

“A great family retreat!”

Reviewed 14 Dec 2015

As I reflect on 2015, one of the highlights was the long weekend when my family got together and stayed at the Raystown Lake rental. It was everything we had hoped for and more. The home was well stocked with supplies we needed, immaculate, comfortable, 5 star, private - just perfect. The owner responded quickly to all of my questions, and my security deposit was returned promptly. I highly recommend for a great family get-away. Would love to go back.

Owner's reply: Hello Carol, Thank you for your comments! It's wonderful to know you and your family enjoyed the property. We look forward to hearing from you in the future. Thank you, Doris & Bill Shank

“even better than we imagined”

Reviewed 8 Aug 2015

We rented this house for 3 days on the way home from Virginia Beach. There were 2 families (9 total). Plenty of room for all of us. The house looks brand new!! Definitely doesn't resemble a rental, and it is decorated beautifully with a bear theme and lots of attention to detail. Hardwood floors are beautiful Large open kitchen and living room. The finished cellar is awesome played a lot of ping pong and pool with the kids. There is even a card table cover you can use too. The bed in the master bedroom was so comfortable my wife and I decided we need a new mattress. There is a nice private yard and a fairly short walk to a cove on Raystown Lake that you can fish or swim from. Unfortunately we didnt get to meet the owners but Doris and Bill were very prompt on returning my emails when I had questions before we arrived. There are 3 bedrooms 21/2 baths and the kitchen is fully stocked with all the cooking needs you could imaging. They even have a Weber grill. I think the price is fantastic for all you get. If we are ever in the area again I wouldnt look anywhere else to stay.

Owner's reply: Dear James and Ann, Thank you for visiting the Raystown Lake Region and choosing to stay at the Bears Den! We appreciate your comments and were so happy to hear everything was to your liking! Thank you, Doris & Bill Shank

“Family Vacation”

Reviewed 1 Aug 2015

Our week was wonderful!!! Bear's Den was absolutely beautiful inside and out with everything you need. We spent the week and boating everyday. Relaxing in the evenings around the fire pit and playing pool. The screened in back porch was perfect way to start your day and end your evening. Looking forward to next year!!!!!

Owner's reply: Hello Darci, Thank you for your wonderful comments! We are happy to know you had a great time at our cabin and enjoying the Raystown Lake Region.

“A Great Spot”

Reviewed 19 May 2015

Walk to the lake, ride the Allegrippis trails, and sit by the fire pit. It doesn't get much better than the Bears Den

Owner's reply: John, Thank you for your comments. we enjoyed having you and your friends stay at the cabin. We look forward to your return next year. Bill & Doris Shank

“Couples Getaway”

Reviewed 10 Nov 2014

We recently stayed at Bears Den with 2 other couples for a getaway weekend. This home was absolutely beautiful and spotless! The home was equipped with everything and anything that you would have in your own home. I especially loved the window above the fireplace that allowed the sun shine through out the kitchen and living room...no need for lights until the sunset. I think maybe we were the first visitors to see snow in the area our first day there. It melted right away, but was quite amusing watching our husbands build a fire in the firepit as the snow pelted down. Bears Den is definately a place where you can relax in any part of the home. While we didn't observe any live wildlife, the home is filled with lovely décor that gives you the rustic feeling true to the name Bears Den. Bill and Doris are wonderful to work with and very helpful with anything you need to know about their home and the area itself. We are already planning on a return in the spring or summer before the marina closes for the season to enjoyed the use of the lake. All in all, even though it was off season, the brisk mountain air and comforts of home made it a fabulous stay! We played a lot of poker and enjoyed lots of country music in the evenings and can not wait to visit Bears Den again. Thank you Bill and Doris, everything was above and beyond our expectations!

“Family Lovin' at the Bears Den”

Reviewed 15 Oct 2014

After researching the area rentals for 5 hours I finally settled on the Bears Den ... so glad I did. We were a group of 8 (youngsters and oldsters) ... the "cabin" (much more like a home) was awesome. We had more than enough room with 3 bedrooms, a large living room, large and well equipped kitchen, ample bathrooms, very large rec room/tv room on the ground floor, fire pit in the backyard. I sipped many a cuppa of coffee in the screened-in porch. Lovely to sit there very early in the morning with that coffee and listen to the birds, watch for the sky to lighten, look for mountain critters, and just mellow out. Will definitely rent again next fall, but this time for longer than a weekend. It was so hard to leave that place. None of us wanted to go back to the daily grind after enjoying our time there. Also, there is much to do in the area. And to that end there are loads of brochures, maps, area attractions, restaurants, etc to browse through. In addition ... the owners of the cabin were wonderful to us. Thank you, D. You're a doll!

“Pictures don't do justice!!!”

Reviewed 11 Sep 2014

This place is so beautiful! We loved our long weekend here! The pool/ping pong table kept the kids content while we soaked up the serenity of the surrounding nature. The house is well-equipped with all the comforts of home to help take the hassle out of packing. Do yourself a favor and enjoy a trip to this cabin rented by very hospitable people!

Owner's reply: Maria, Thank you so much we appreciate your wonderful comments! This was your first visit to the Bears Den and one never knows what to expect. We are delighted to know you enjoyed it! We look forward to hearing from you again! Doris & Bill Shank

“Amazing rental”

Reviewed 28 Aug 2014

Bears den is an amazing rental property.We have rented this property several times and each time is an awesome experience. The property is beautifully decorated and has every thing you could possibly need.We also love how clean the home is which is saying a lot since I'm picky about that.The home is very comfortable and we are never in any way dissapointed.We are always very happy to rent this home again and again so I think that says it all.One last thing to say is how friendly the home owners are.My husband and I highly recommend this rental property. Fay Hartzell

Owner's reply: Hello Fay, Thank you so much, we appreciate your business and look forward to hearing from you next year. Doris & Bill Shank

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Owner Supplied Testimonials

We had the best vacation in years. So much relaxing and food. My kids had a blast swimming, fishing, tubing, skiing,. Absolutely love the screened in porch. Thank you for sharing your home with us. My parents were so happy for the extra family time. Hopefully we will be back soon!

Your cabin is so cute and all I can say, you call it a cabin but it's not like any cabin we've ever been in. "So much better". We loved everything about the cabin. Well supplied, beautiful decorations and very clean. We had a wonderful time and want to say thank you for sharing your place.

Thank you for allowing us to enjoy your beautiful home. It is adorable and tastefully decorated! We especially enjoyed the screened in porch. The Bears Den is very clean & comfortable and has everything a vacationer could want or need. We will most definitely recommend it to anyone who wishes to visit Raystown.

There has never been a place we stayed that felt like home but this cabin is the exception. It is home away from home. We love coming here each year and making new memories. This year we spent a full week verses a long weekend. We spent time up in State College/Penns Cave and a day hiking at Trough Creek. We spent a lot of time down at the lake at the end of the road. The Shanks are wonderful people and always so friendly and helpful. We couldn't imagine staying anywhere else. Thanks for another wonderful visit!
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