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More than 14 miles of the Youghiogheny River Gorge churns through the heart of Ohiopyle, some of the best whitewater boating in the eastern U.S. The 40-foot bridal veil Cucumber Falls and Cucumber Run Ravine are blanketed with flowers in spring and summer. Hike and bike along 28-miles of the Great Allegheny Passage for awesome views.
Picnicking: Both picnic areas in the park provide picnic tables, grills, restrooms and charcoal disposal areas.
The secluded Cucumber Run Picnic Area is adjacent to Cucumber Run, a beautiful creek lined with rhododendron bushes and large trees. The scenic Great Gorge Trail begins in this picnic area. Two pavilions are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Tharp Knob Picnic Area is adjacent to the Tharp Knob Overlook that provides a panoramic view of the Youghiogheny River Gorge and the town of Ohiopyle. The picnic area has a large ball field, volleyball court, playground and two pavilions available for reservation up to 11 months in advance for a fee. Tharp Knob Picnic Area has access to the Kentuck Trail.
Waterslides: Sit in the creek bed and ride the water through two natural waterslides in Meadow Run. Caution must be used at all times as natural hazards exist. Parking is available adjacent to the SR 381 bridge crossing Meadow Run. Follow the signs to Meadow Run Trail or follow the path at the back of the parking lot. An ADA accessible observation deck is easily reached from the parking area.
Rock Climbing: Numerous climbing opportunities exist in Ohiopyle State Park. Meadow Run Climbing Area, Bruner Run Climbing Area and a series of four walls along the Lower Youghiogheny section of the Great Allegheny Passage have a combination of top-roping and sport routes for climbers of all abilities. The short entrance trails leading to the rock faces are blazed in blue. Inexperienced climbers should consider a guided trip with one of the outfitters in Ohiopyle.
Hiking: 79 miles of trails
The hiking trails at Ohiopyle showcase the spectacular scenery of the Laurel Highlands. There is a wide variety of hiking trails from short day hikes to challenging backpacking. Always bring a map and water and wear sturdy shoes when hiking.
Baughman Trail: 3.4 miles, most difficult hiking, red blazes
This trail has trailheads at the back of the Middle Yough Take-out Parking Area adjacent to the Train Station/Visitor Center in downtown Ohiopyle and at the Mountain Biking Trail parking lot. This steep, rocky trail passes Baughman Rock, a spectacular overlook of the Youghiogheny River Gorge.
Beech Trails: 2.7 miles total, more difficult hiking, white blazes
The Beech Loop begins at the Kentuck Campground Amphitheater and connects to the Beech Trail and Sproul Trails. The 2.1-mile Beech Trail passes through a forest of towering American beech trees and leads to the Great Gorge Trail.
Campground Connector: 0.5 mile, more difficult hiking, unblazed
This emergency access road begins off the Great Allegheny Passage paralleling Beech Trail and then uphill to connect with the back of Fir Road in the campground. Bicyclists traveling between the campground and the Great Allegheny Passage should walk their bicycles up and down this hill due to the steep grade.
Ferncliff Peninsula Trails (black blazes)
Ferncliff Trail: 1.7 miles, easiest hiking
All other Ferncliff Peninsula trails branch off of this loop trail which circles the peninsula. The trailhead is near the Ferncliff Parking Lot.
Buffalo Nut Trail: 0.1 mile, easiest hiking
This short trail is the first branch off of Ferncliff Trail and is a shortcut to Oakwoods Trail.
Fernwood Trail: 0.5 mile, easiest hiking
This trail features beautiful ferns and the remnants of the old Ferncliff Hotel.
Oakwoods Trail: 0.5 mile, easiest hiking
This trail passes through a mature hardwood forest.
Great Gorge Trail: 2.6 miles, more difficult hiking, green blazes
This trail begins at the Cucumber Picnic Area and crosses several bridges and roads. The trail follows Cucumber Run and passes an area known for its spring wildflowers. The next trail section follows an old tramway used to transport coal to the railroad. A spur of this trail leads up a steep incline to the Kentuck Campground.
Jonathan Run Trail: 1.7 mile, easiest hiking, blue blazes
The trailhead is along the Holland Hill Road. The trail crisscrosses Jonathan Run and passes by small waterfalls, including Jonathan Run Falls. The trail connects to the Great Allegheny Passage.
Kentuck Trail: 2.5 miles, more difficult hiking, pink blazes
This series of trails begins at the Tharp Knob Picnic Area. A short one-mile loop includes the Tharp Knob Overlook. The trail continues to the Kentuck Campground contact station, briefly follows the road, then descends to meet Jonathan Run Trail.
McCune Trail: 3.5 miles, more difficult hiking, purple blazes
This trail passes through various habitats and by evidence of the McCune Farm. Hikers can see an old spring house and pond as remnants of this working farm. The trail runs along the highest ridge in the park.
Meadow Run Trail: 3 miles, easiest hiking, yellow blazes
There are trailheads near the park office, at the waterslides on SR 2011 and at Cucumber Falls on SR 2019. From the waterslides parking lot, take the left trail under the SR 381 bridge for 0.7 mile to Cucumber Falls. Take the trail to the right, which leads to a loop trail and the Cascades. This trail is intersected by a path leading to the SR 2011 trailhead.
Old Mitchell Trail Loop: 2.9 miles, more difficult hiking, red blazes
This loop trail begins at the Old Mitchell Place Parking Area in the west side of the park. The trail meanders through a variety of habitats including forest and meadow and is excellent for birding in the spring. A connector trail splits off at the back of the loop connecting to the Great Allegheny Passage.
Pressley Ridge Trail: 5.5 miles, more difficult hiking, orange blazes
A continuation of the Sugarloaf Trail System, this trail follows the ridge line, providing several loop options. A small connector trail leads to Lytle Road.
Sproul Trails: 3.7 miles, easiest hiking, purple blazes
These five interconnecting loops are just north of the Kentuck Campground, near the second overflow parking area outside of the campground.
Sugarloaf Trail System: 10.4 miles, most difficult hiking, orange blazes
This hiking, biking and snowmobiling trail begins near the Train Station/Visitor Center. The trailhead is at the back of the Middle Youghiogheny Take-out Parking Area, to the right of the Great Allegheny Passage. The trail climbs 800 feet in elevation in two steep sections. The trail connects to the main bike trail area near Sugarloaf Knob.
Sugar Run Trail: 1.6 miles, more difficult hiking, orange blazes
This trail connects Old Mitchell Trail to Jonathan Run Trail.
Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail: Ohiopyle serves as the southern terminus for the 70-mile Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail. This trail traverses the Laurel Ridge from Ohiopyle to the northern end near Johnstown. The trail is open for year-round hiking and backpacking. An overnight shelter area is located every 8-10 miles along the trail.
The portion of the trail within Ohiopyle State Park is 6.3 miles of very strenuous and rocky hiking. Hikers are rewarded for their effort as they pass beautiful overlooks and creeks on this section.