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Ohiopyle State Park

Ohiopyle State Park is exhilerating to see and experience. The heart of the 19,000+ acre park is the Youghiogheny River, famous for its beautiful views and excellent whitewater boating. Through the ages the Yough has carved and molded the landscape into a thing of breathtaking beauty and created a diverse and unique habitat. This natural treasure now presents numerous recreational opportunities.

Perhaps the most famous sight is Ohiopyle Falls located in the village of Ohiopyle. This area is the central point for the casual visitor and provides parking, modern restrooms, gift shop/snack bar, and overlook platforms with magnificent scenery for the eyes or the camera.

Nearby, Ferncliff Peninsula, formed by a great horseshoe bend in the river, provides a unique natural habitat for numerous botanical treasures, particularly southern wildflowers. Ferncliff Penninsula, a registered National Natural Landmark, contains four miles of easy hiking trails and several overlook areas.

Other key points of interest include Cucumber Falls and the Cucumber Run Ravine, which is blanketed with wildflowers and flowering rhododendron. Baughman Rock, Tharp Knob and the Kentuck scenic overlooks provide spectacular views of the river gorge.

The famous Youghiogheny River Trail runs through the park and along the river. It has been designated as one of the world's finest for biking and hiking (not to mention scenery). A trailhead at Ohiopyle allows easy access. It's an 8 mile journey to Confluence upstream and a 15 mile trek to Connellsville downstream. The trail, following the route of a former railroad, is well maintained a gently graded. Bike rentals are available at Ohiopyle.

Whitewater boating on the Yough is tremendously popular, both for the excitment of experiencing whitewater and the unique beauty available from the river. Several local outfitters offer trips on the Yough.

The Ohiopyle State Park web site offers much greater detail on the park's many amenities.

We highly recommend a trip to Ohiopyle State Park.

 


Contact Information

Ohiopyle State Park
P.O. Box 105
Ohiopyle, PA 15470-0105
724.329.8591
e-mail: ohiopyle@dcnr.state.pa.us

Ohiopyle State Park Web Site

Directions from the Inne at Watson's Choice

Reached via Route 381 north from Route 40, National Road.

  • Turn Left [East] on Route 21 East
  • Travel 3.1 mi to traffic light at Route 119
  • Turn Right and stay to right following on-ramp sign to [US 119 South Morgantown/ US 40 East ]
  • This is the Uniontown By-Pass. Follow signs for US 40 East
  • Travel 8.3 miles to the top of Summit Mountain
  • After about 5.5 miles you'll start to climb the mountain (2.5 miles up from this is Point Lookout, a worthwhile quick stop).
  • At the top of the mountain to the right is the Summit Hotel

  • Continue straight on Route 40 East

Alternative 1: goes past Kentuck Knob

  • Travel 2.2 miles to Intersection of Chalk Hill - Deer Lake Road
  • Look for the Post Office on the left in anticipation of a left turn to follow.
  • Turn Left on Chalk Hill-Ohiopyle Road
  • Travel 6.5 miles to intersection.
  • At 6.0 miles you will pass the entrance to Kentuck Knob.
  • Turn Right (to Ohiopyle on 2019)
  • Travel 1.4 miles to intersection of Route 381
  • Caution: this section contains a very steep grade with sharp curves. A lower gear is advised.
  • At the bottom of the hill after rounding a hairpin turn by the new bridge is a parking area for access to Cucumber Falls - absolutely beautiful.
  • Turn Left on Route 381 at Ohiopyle
  • Travel 0.5 miles to Ohiopyle State Park Day Area on left

Alternative 2: A little more direct

 

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