Did you know that a little over an hour from downtown Pittsburgh, and just a few hours from Cleveland or Cincinnati, is a mountain paradise called Ohiopyle, surrounded by Ohiopyle State Park, with whitewater rafting, mountain biking, kayaking, SUP’ing, and world class fly fishing? Nestled in this small river valley town is the oldest outfitter on the East Coast, Wilderness Voyageurs (that’s us!) with over 50 years of experience leading outdoor adventures on area rivers, trails and roads. After your adventure, enjoy the friendly Falls City Pub with craft beers galore and favorite specials, just steps from the river or trailhead.
Ohiopyle State Park encompasses more than 20,000 acres of rugged natural beauty and serves as the gateway to the Laurel Highlands Mountains. The area’s crown jewel is the 14-mile section of the Youghiogheny [yawk-eh-GAY-nee] River that passes through the heart of the park. The “Yough” (rhymes with “rock”) provides some of the best whitewater boating in the eastern U.S., as well as spectacular scenery. Start with a visit to the magnificent, 18-foot waterfall in the middle of town.
What are you waiting for? Grab some friends, escape the city, and enjoy the largest state park in Pennsylvania!
Ohiopyle State Park Maps are available at Wilderness Voyageurs Outfitter Store, located next to the railroad tracks at the north entrance to town. Our staff know the park like the back of their hand, they are happy to provide detailed descriptions and great suggestions for day hikes.
Ohiopyle is famous for rafting, but there are miles of fantastic bike riding and mountain biking and hiking.
If you have never visited our corner of paradise in Ohiopyle, be prepared to be blown away. Rocks, trees, trails, water — we have them all! And, ultimately, not a lot of people.
If you take a few minutes to look at the park map, you’ll find a number of trailheads and picnic areas that are a 5-minute drive from town. Head to the top of Sugarloaf Mountain, and hike out on McCune Trail, or head to the Jonathan Run trailhead on the Bruner Run take-out road. You will be rewarded with an empty parking lot and plenty of space on the trail or in the creek.
Here’s a hot tip — visit in May, September or October. These are absolutely stunning times of year to wander around the park, and you’ll be hard pressed to run into another person on many of the trails.