Several unique habitats exist as a result of the river carving it’s way through the land. A fresh water swamp follows the long axis of the park adjacent to the river bottomland. Also, across the river from the swamp is an excellent example of weathered shale cliffs with unique trees, plants, and animals associated with this environment.
River otter have been released at various sites along the Raystown Branch of the Juniata River, near the park. Ruffed grouse nest in brushy areas and turkey frequent old fields. A fresh water swamp is great habitat for nesting wood duck and mallard. Fence lizards are often seen along the abandoned railroad corridor near the park gate.