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Challenge yourself with some of the best whitewater rafting in Pennsylvania! Fully-guided and guide escorted rafting tours are available on Class I through Class IV waters in Ohiopyle, located in PA's Laurel Highlands.
Ohiopyle is known for the fast-flowing Youghiogheny River, which attracts whitewater boaters from spring to early fall. With Class III and IV rapids, the 7.5-mile Lower Yough is the busiest section of whitewater east of the Mississippi River and perfect for adventurers looking to challenge themselves.
Experienced outfitters like Laurel Highlands River Tours, Ohiopyle Trading Post & River Tours, White Water Adventurers, and Wilderness Voyageurs can prepare you to tackle the Lower Yough with guides and equipment that match your experience. These seasoned experts will outfit you for the trip, lead you down the river, and make your whitewater rafting adventure in PA’s Laurel Highlands a success!
Several of these outfitters can introduce you to the sport of rock climbing as well as courses for advance climbers. The rock climbing guides can show you all you need to know about the basics, from climbing knots and belay systems to rappelling techniques. All the equipment you need is included in the trip! Book your rock climbing adventure.
Stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) is a fun, new way to enjoy the water. With more mobility, a short learning curve, and more freedom, you’ll be paddling down the river in no time. Beginners start on the flat water and intermediate paddlers can tackle the Middle Yough's Class II rapids.
Hone your kayaking skills with some of the best kayak instruction programs in PA at any of the outfitters above with programs designed for every level of experience. Then, take on the Lower Yough and get the adrenaline rush you're after with its Class III and IV rapids.
Spend your day biking and rafting with a Pedal and Paddle package! Pedal nine miles upstream and exchange your bicycles for boats so you can float and paddle back to Ohiopyle. All logistics are handled by Ohiopyle Trading Post & River Tours, making this a worry free, exhilarating day of fun.
Bring your bike or rent one from any of the Ohiopyle outfitters and hop on the Great Allegheny Passage at the Ohiopyle Trail Head. Pedal east along the banks of the Youghiogheny River for the scenic 11-mile ride to Confluence. Enjoy stops along the way before biking back to Ohiopyle or ask your outfitter to pick you up!
Whitewater rafting is hard work. Reward yourself with some great food and an extensive microbrew list at Falls City Restaurant & Pub, located in the heart of Ohiopyle! Enjoy entertainment, special events, and live music throughout the summer with a frosty glass of your favorite beer.
With over 50 craft beers, frozen margaritas, apple pie moon shine, and fruit-infused spirits, Ohiopyle House Cafe is the perfect stop after a long day on the trail or the river. Enjoy local produce in the tavern or on the deck.
Stay within walking distance of whitewater rafting excitement in one of the Ohiopyle Guest Houses. Reserve an entire home or individual rooms for your next whitewater rafting trip. The three homes can accommodate 8-12 people each.
At the Trillium Lodge, guests enjoy a spectacular 360 degree view of the Laurel Highlands, including Laurel Ridge, Chestnut Ridge, and the adjacent Ohiopyle State Park. Located 4 miles from Ohiopyle State Park the lodge is the perfect for a relaxing getaway!
Located right in Ohiopyle, the Yough Plaza Motel includes 10 standard rooms and four suites that sleep six people with a full kitchen and living area. Located within walking distance of eating establishments for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Ferncliff Peninsula, bike rentals, rafting trips, and more.
Located on the Youghiogheny River Lake in Confluence, Yough Lake Campground features a wide variety of sites, from lakefront to walk-in tent sites to one room cabins, perfect for boating enthusiasts and just a 20 minute drive from downtown Ohiopyle.