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Ohiopyle State Park
Copyright: Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks
Ohiopyle State Park
Description - Located primarily in Fayette County, Ohiopyle State Park encompasses approximately 19,052 acres of rugged natural beauty and serves as the gateway to the Laurel Mountains.

The focal point of the area is the more than 14 miles of the Youghiogheny [yaw-ki-gay-nee] River Gorge that passes through the heart of the park. The "Yough" [yawk] provides some of the best whitewater boating in the Eastern U. S. as well as spectacular scenery.

Surrounding Ohiopyle Falls is the Falls Day Use Area, the central point for the casual visitor. This area provides parking, modern restrooms, gift shop/snack bar and overlook platforms with magnificent scenery.

Most people are drawn to this park because of the gorgeous Youghiogheny River and its whitewater thrills. The beautiful mountain scenery adds to the enjoyment of the trip. Ohiopyle State Park offers beautiful rugged trails including serving as the terminus for the 70-mile Laurel Highlands Trail, 6 miles of which lie within the park boundaries. The Youghiogheny River Bike / Hike Trail with its new bridge connector, is a 27 mile hike known for its scenery and rugged terrain. At least 12 other trails with varying lengths and difficulty are available throughout Ohiopyle State Park.

The campground is important at Ohiopyle. Many whitewater adventurers use this campground as a resting spot after a tiresome day on the water. Park personnel work hard to maintain a clean, relaxing environment. There is also a Youth Hostel available with advance reservations: (724) 329-4476.

Fishing the Youghiogheny River provides good wilderness trout fishing. There are also 18,000 acres open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Snowmobiling, tobogganing, cross-country skiing, sledding, trout fishing, hunting and winter hiking are available to cold weather visitors.

NOTE: The Youghiogheny River Gorge within Ohiopyle State Park contains very rugged terrain and an abundance of natural hazards. Visitors should be especially alert for steep banks, slippery rocks and turbulent waters. Adults must be particularly watchful of children who may not recognize such hazards.

Attractions - Located primarily in Fayette County, Ohiopyle State Park encompasses approximately 19,052 acres of rugged natural beauty and serves as the gateway to the Laurel Mountains.

The focal point of the area is the more than 14 miles of the Youghiogheny [yaw-ki-gay-nee] River Gorge that passes through the heart of the park. The "Yough" [yawk] provides some of the best whitewater boating in the Eastern U. S. as well as spectacular scenery.

Surrounding Ohiopyle Falls is the Falls Day Use Area, the central point for the casual visitor. This area provides parking, modern restrooms, gift shop/snack bar and overlook platforms with magnificent scenery.

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. Ferncliff Peninsula, formed by a great horseshoe bend in the river, provides a unique natural habitat for numerous botanical treasures, particularly southern wildflowers. Ferncliff Peninsula, a registered National Natural Landmark, contains four miles of easy hiking trails and several overlook areas.

Recreation - Most people are drawn to this park because of the gorgeous Youghiogheny River and its whitewater thrills. The beautiful mountain scenery adds to the enjoyment of the trip. The river provides some of the best whitewater boating on the East Coast and the surrounding state park accommodates the users. Ohiopyle State Park offers beautiful rugged trails including serving as the terminus for the 70-mile Laurel Highlands Trail, 6 miles of which lie within the park boundaries. The Youghiogheny River Bike / Hike Trail with its new bridge connector, is a 27 mile hike known for its scenery and rugged terrain. At least 12 other trails with varying lengths and difficulty are available throughout Ohiopyle State Park.

The campground is important at Ohiopyle. Many whitewater adventurers use this campground as a resting spot after a tiresome day on the water. Park personnel work hard to maintain a clean, relaxing environment. There is also a Youth Hostel available with advance reservations: (724) 329-4476.

Fishing the Youghiogheny River provides good wilderness trout fishing. There are also 18,000 acres open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons.

Snowmobiling, tobogganing, cross-country skiing, sledding, trout fishing, hunting and winter hiking are available to cold weather visitors.

The park contains two segments of the Youghiogheny River that are used for whitewater boating. The famous Lower Yough begins after the Ohiopyle Falls and contains numerous class III and IV rapids which must be run with sturdily constructed rubber rafts, kayaks and closed deck canoes. The Middle Yough, towards Confluence, contains class I and II whitewater.

Facilities designed for people with disabilities are available at the Falls Area, picnic areas and the campground.

NOTE: The Youghiogheny River Gorge within Ohiopyle State Park contains very rugged terrain and an abundance of natural hazards. Visitors should be especially alert for steep banks, slippery rocks and turbulent waters. Adults must be particularly watchful of children who may not recognize such hazards.

Climate - Pennsylvania generally has a moist climate with cold winters and warm summers. The Ohio Pyle State Park area has cold winter months with temperatures averaging above 28 degrees Fahrenheit (above -2 degrees Celsius). The area's average summer temperatures range around 72 to 74 degrees Fahrenheit (22 to 23 Celsius).

Location - Ohiopyle State Park is located in the southwestern area of Pennsylvania in Fayette County. It is south of the PA Turnpike, east of Interstate 79 and north of Interstate 68 (Virginia / Maryland). From Uniontown, head south on US 40 approximately 8 - 10 miles and turn left (north) on PA 381 at Farmington and travel about 5 miles to the park entrance.


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Contact Information:
Ohiopyle State ParkĀ , P.O. Box 105 , Ohiopyle, PA, 15470-0105, Phone: 724-329-8591
, ohiopyle@dcnr.state.pa.us

Additional Information:
Laurel Highlands / Southern Alleghenies Area - This area's mountains, valleys, rivers, meadows and woodlands make it irresistible for relaxation and recreation. It also has Mt. Davis, the highest point in Pennsylvania.
Laurel Ridge State Park - Laurel Ridge State Park stretches along the Laurel Mountain from the Picturesque Yougiogheny River at Ohiopyle to the Conemaugh Gorge near Johnstown. This large park spans five counties. Most visitors come to hike. The Laurel Highlands Trail extends over 70 miles and features trail shelters for overnight camping.
Pennsylvania Lakes and Reservoirs - Pennsylvania boasts as having more flowing water than any other state in the "lower 48." Whether you're looking for limestone streams, famous for trout fishing or whitewater rapids for an afternoon thrill ride, this state can fulfill that desire. The keystone state offers over 2,500 lakes and 300 streams. Ricketts Glen State Park is famous for its 30 waterfalls, the highest being a 94 foot tumble. In addition, Pennsylvania is home to the Allegheny National Forest known for its lush hardwoods, rich wildlife and a 12,000 acre lake considered ideal for catching trophy walleye, pike and muskellunge.
Pennsylvania State Parks and Forests - Pennsylvania is known for producing some of the most valuable hardwood timber in the world. The 2.1 million acres of state forest land are protected from fire, destructive insects and diseases while offering a beautiful recreation environment for the visitor. Pennsylvania's State Park system offers visitors year-round recreational enjoyment as well. Amenities include: camping, picnicking, hiking, an assortment of winter sports and the viewing of the natural biological diversity and ecosystems found within the Commonwealth.

Links:
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