Youghiogheny River Trail


In 1754 George Washington followed the Youghiogheny River in his search for a water route to Fort Duquesne (now Pittsburgh), but he gave up when he encountered the falls at Ohiopyle and the rapids below.

Modern visitors cycle this route through the Appalachians on the former route of the Western Maryland Railroad. This trail has been named as one of the best walking trails in the world. Writing in the October 1994 issue of Travel and Leisure Magazine, Rita Ariyoshi named the Youghiogheny River Trail among 19 paths from France to New Zealand as “The World’s Best Walks”.

The trail is part of the Pittsburgh to Washington, DC system. The Youghiogheny River Trail is actually part of a larger trail system called the "Great Allegheny Passage." It follows the Yough River in Pennsylvania from Confluence to McKeesport. The surface is crushed limestone.

It’s a popular trail, and hence can be a busy one.

  • Location: Confluence to Ohiopyle to Connellsville
  • Trailheads: Confluence, Ohiopyle, Connellsville
  • Surface: 28 miles, crushed limestone
  • Character: Busy to crowded, wooded, mostly shady, flat to gentle grade
  • Special usage restrictions: No motorized vehicles; no snowmobiles; no horses
  • Amenities: Rest rooms, water, bike rental, food, wading, fishing

At the trail heads in Confluence, Ohiopyle, and Connelsville a variety of amenities are available including bike and river rentals, restaurants, pharmacy, and groceries.

At Confluence, the Youghiogheny Reservoir is located on the trail side of the river. The Youghiogheny and Casselman Rivers and Laurel Hill Creek come together at Confluence.

At Ohiopyle, the trail passes through the village and the heart of the magnificent Ohiopyle State Park.

In spite of traversing a mountain, the slope is very gentle making transit in either direction a pleasant one. Enjoy the splendour of this magnificent landscape in a personal way.








Youghiogheny River Trail
Regional Trail Corporation
PO Box 95 111 Collinsburg Road
West Newton, PA 15089



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  While you're in the area, you might check out these attractions.

Ohiopyle State Park
Youghiogheny River / Lake
Historic Connellsville
Historic Dawson
Linden Hall



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Village of Balsinger
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