The Little J is a great novice paddle with twelve stone arch bridges as the railroad parallels the creek. Start below Tyrone and paddle 2.6 miles to Birmingham. Another 3.2 miles takes you to Johnson Hill Road. The white church is river right in Spruce Creek 2.7 miles below and a traditional take-out. The undeveloped stretch to Barree is another 3.5 miles.
To run this 1 or 1+ creek, look for the USGS gauge at Spruce Creek to be at least 2.5 feet. This stretch is less than an hour from State College.