Bellwood Borough is a small community completely surrounded by Antis Township and situated five miles northeast of Altoona. The total area of the borough is only one half of a square mile. Approximately 1,800 people live in the borough. Due to its small size, nearly all of the borough is developed. Bellwood was first populated in the late 1700s, and its official town charter dates back to 1887. Since its establishment, Bellwood Borough has served as a major national railroad artery through Pennsylvania.
The Bells Gap Run watershed crosses into Bellwood from the west, and then empties into the Little Juniata River watershed. Despite its small size, Bellwood Borough’s surroundings therefore provide many recreational opportunities. Bellwood residents and visitors can enjoy Bellwood-Antis Park, fish in Bells Gap Run and the Little Juniata River, hunt in Antis Township’s state game lands, or travel to nearby Canoe Creek State Park for fishing, boating, and hiking opportunities.