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All year long, Ohiopyle State Park is a center of activity and adventure. The park's legendary Youghiogheny River and waterfalls, and the park's 20,500 spectacularly scenic acres make it the place to be. Here are some special events and activities to do with your family and friends, or spend some quality one-on-one time with Mother Nature.
Ohiopyle's premier feature is the fast-flowing Youghiogheny River, which attracts whitewater boaters from spring to early fall. The seven-mile Lower Yough, with its class III and IV rapids, is the busiest section of whitewater east of the Mississippi River. But you don't have to be an experienced paddler to join in the adrenaline-pumping fun. The section known as the Middle Yough features class I and II rapids, making it ideal for beginner kayakers, families with young children, and anglers.
Experienced outfitters like Laurel Highlands River Tours, Ohiopyle Trading Post, Whitewater Adventurers and Wilderness Voyageurs can prepare you for the level and intensity of rafting that matches your desires and experience levels.Take a casual Historic Float Trip with Wilderness Voyageurs or an express trip down the river with Laurel Highlands River Tours for rafting adventures that won't take up the entire day.
You'll find extensive rafting, kayaking, and canoeing options. You'll be amazed by the beautiful surroundings you'll encounter while on the river.
Baughman Rock Overlook offers one of the most jaw-dropping panoramic vistas in Pennsylvania. Hike a little over 1.5 miles up steep, rocky terrain, or walk a few yards from a parking nearby parking area. Access to Baughman Trail can be found in either the Middle Yough Takeout Parking Area or Sugarloaf Snowmobile and Mountain Biking Area.
Zip into summer with a trip to the Ohiopyle Zipline Adventure Park where kids as young as 4 can zip through the trees on a 90-foot zipline. Adventurers can have their own Indiana Jones experience after maneuvering through an obstacle course before racing across a 200-foot zipline. The Ohiopyle Zipline Adventure Park in the heart of Ohiopyle State Park offers fun and excitement for all ages.
Climbers ages 10 and older can challenge themselves on the Adventure Level course that includes a 25 foot climbing Entry Net, Swing Planks, Tarzan Walk, tight rope Burma Bridge, a Spider's Web, a Rickety Bridge, Silver Surfer and last but not least, an amazing ride on a 200 foot zip through the trees!
Younger climbers can get acquainted with zip lining on the Explorer Level ropes course designed for ages 4 and older. Climb up through the Entry Net, balance as you cross the narrow Plank Bridge, then squeeze through the Taco Net, traverse Big Foot's footprints and finally conclude with the 90 foot zip line.
The Laurel Highlands is home to many adventurous zip lines and ropes courses!
Bring your bike or rent one from an Ohiopyle outfitters and hop on the Great Allegheny Passage rail-trail at the Ohiopyle Trail Head. Pedal east along the banks of the Youghiogheny River for the scenic 11-mile ride to Confluence. Enjoy lunch with a view from the porch of the Rivers Edge Café before biking back to Ohiopyle or ask your outfitter to pick you up!
The Great Allegheny Passage is a world-class rail-trail that spans from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Cumberland, Maryland. The trail gently winds through the Laurel Highlands, using historic tunnels, viaducts, and bridges to even out the rugged landscape. Extend your journey to Washington, D.C. on the C&O Canal Towpath for The Ride Of Your Life!
A new mountain bike trail, the Canyon's Edge trail, is a mile-long loop perfect for intermediate riders to experience new challenges. In the late fall and early spring there is a great view from the trail. More advanced riders should check out McCune Trail, while The Sugar Run Trail to Jonathan Run to the GAP is a great route for beginners and intermediate bikers.
As summer thrives at Ohiopyle State Park, Ferncliff Peninsula, a 100 acre botanical reserve comes to life with beautiful plants and vegetation that have washed down river from warmer neighboring states. The peninsula is easily accessible via the Ferncliff Trail.
One of the most photographed waterfalls in Pennsylvania, Cucumber Falls is a "must-see" during your Ohiopyle visit. Park at the Cucumber Falls Trail Head (located off the Ohiopyle/Chalk Hill Road) and take the easy path to the falls which resemble a bridal veil cascading over the rocks.
The Blue Ridge Outdoors team visited Ohiopyle and created this fantastic video of their experience:
Rafters, kayakers, and partiers converge every summer in the mountains of western Pennsylvania. Surrounded by rolling hills and scenic countryside, this little slice of the Mid-Atlantic is the perfect base camp for paddling the lower and upper sections of the Youghiogheny River. These yinzers know how to throw down, too!
Soundtrack: Good Friend of Mine/The Bones of J.R. Jones