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.
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
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.
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.
State Park web site offers much greater detail on the park's
We highly recommend a trip to Ohiopyle State Park.