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Vacation Bliss

January 11, 2018 – Paula Dyba

If you love cycling and you love vacations, a bike tour is definitely for you.  Bike tours take you to some of the most beautiful and amazing locations on the planet.  And you get to experience everything up close and personal- nothing between you and the world! Read More

Fishing the Yough

December 2017 – Ralph Scherder

From its beginnings in Preston County, West Virginia, to where it enters Monongahela River near Mckeesport, Pennsylvania, the Youghiogheny River goes against the grain. The Yough, for short, is a 134-mile river that travels in a primarily northern direction.  Read More

Solo on the GAP Trail: Forest Bathing, Stories, and Delights

December 7, 2017 – Margaret McBride

This past August I cycled 130 miles over four days on part of the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) — a 150-mile rail trail between Cumberland, Maryland, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It’s been 30+ years since I toured by bike solo, and at age 65, I’m delighted to find I still like it: making up a trip as you go, free of someone else’s plan.  Read More

America’s 5 Best Kayaking Trips for Beginners

September 20, 2017 – Hipmunk Staff

The United States has long been considered the home of some of the world’s best kayaking trips. And it’s no wonder—with its numerous wild rivers and breathtaking landscapes, the country’s a natural playground for daredevil adventurers.  Read More

Weekend storms punctuate one of soggiest Julys on record

July 31, 2017 – Matthew Santoni and Matthew Guerry

People across the region worked Monday to recover from flooding resulting from weekend storms that punctuated one of the soggiest Julys on record.

For the month, 6.42 inches of rain fell in Pittsburgh, according to the National Weather Service’s rain gauge at Pittsburgh International Airport. That ranked as the region’s 17th-wettest July since 1838, and the soggiest since 7.32 inches fell in July 2012, according to weather agency records. Read More

‘Nine for nine’ Quecreek Mine rescue marks 15th anniversary

July 24, 2017 – Deb Kiner

Late into the night on Wednesday, July 24, 2002, coal miners working in the Quecreek Mine broke through a wall that was supposed to be hundreds of feet thick.

It was not. As a result, 72 million gallons of water rushed into the mine.

Eighteen miners on the 3-11 p.m. shift scrambled to escape a watery grave. Read More

Community to celebrate Quecreek Mine rescue

July 3, 2017

The Quecreek Mine Rescue Foundation invites the public to a free 15th anniversary Community Celebration Day on July 29 at the Quecreek Mine rescue site to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the miraculous “9 for 9” mine rescue, which occurred July 24-28, 2002. Read More

Wonderful Whitewater: 10 Favorite Whitewater Destinations

June 27, 2017 – Alexis Eliot

The Southeast is heralded from coast to coast as a legitimate whitewater mecca. Here are just a few of our all-time favorite whitewater destinations in and around the Blue Ridge region. Read More

Spots Still Open to Join Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s 2017 Sojourn Cycling Great Allegheny Passage

June 8, 2017 – Karen Rubin

There’s still availability to join the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s 2017 Pennsylvania Sojourn, June 18-23, a six-day cycling trip exploring two dedicated trails—the legendary Great Allegheny Passage and beautiful Montour Trail – a total of some 150 miles of biking.  Read More

10 Perfect Places To Kayak And Canoe Around Pittsburgh This Summer

June 8, 2017 – Beth Price-Williams

Living along the Three Rivers offers some pretty spectacular benefits for Pittsburghers: Jaw-dropping views, waterfront restaurants, and plenty of water activities. Whether you cruise down the river on the Gateway Clipper Fleet or in a kayak and canoe in Pittsburgh, you’ll find that time melts away when you’re on the water.  Read More

It’s Biking Season

March 31, 2017 – John Cape

Spend six unforgettable days exploring two awesome trails—the legendary Great Allegheny Passage and beautiful Montour Trail—on RTC’s 2017 Pennsylvania Sojourn. Ride with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy on this six-day summer bike excursion to experience Pennsylvania’s famous scenic wilderness, charming towns, beautiful tunnels, iconic sites and can’t-miss destinations. This fully supported rail-trail adventure vacation has great food, hot showers, flexible scheduling, fun evening activities, awesome optional trips—and the added benefit of supporting America’s trails!  Read More

The Ghost of Capablanca

May 25, 2017 – Brin-Jonathan Butler

If slow travel is more your speed, try Wilderness Voyageur’s Cuba Clásico Bike Tour.  Averaging 30 miles a day, this eight day jaunt through the countryside includes breaks at a tobacco farm, two national parks, and Ernest Hemingway’s former home.  Read More

Footage From 1972! – West Virginia kayaking

April 13, 2017 – Dan Demaree

I took this footage using my dad’s Super 8 movie camera which I carried down the river in a waterproof ammo can. I would paddle down ahead and film Jimmy, Imre and Kim on the Upper. Jim did take some footage of me going over National Falls. And Kim took that footage of Jimmy and me in the little holes right above Lost and Found.  Read More

Ohiopyle native tackles Canada to Mexico trail

July 21, 2017 – Olivia Goudy

“If you’re not eating, sleeping or riding your bike, you’re wasting time.”

Colleen O’Neil laughed as she recalled that bit of wisdom and the reality of it during a 25-day bicycle tour that took her from Canada to the Mexican border. Read More

Random Acts of Kindness: In trouble on the Yough

September 7, 2017 – Patricia Dzubinski

My friends and I are deeply grateful to Dean, the “river Chapalin,” from Wilderness Voyageurs in Ohiopyle, who assisted us when our kayaks (that were rented from another company) capsized on the middle Youghiogheny River. Read More

24 Spots for a Cheap Fall Getaway

September 7, 2017 – Mia Taylor

Ohiopyle, in the Youghiogheny River Valley of the Alleghenies just an hour southeast of Pittsburgh, is an outdoorsman’s paradise with camping, whitewater rafting, biking on rail-trails, and hiking. During September and October, the region is uncrowded and awash in autumn colors. Read More

Hike, Raft, and Bike Your Way Through an Adventure-Filled Weekend Near DC

August 7, 2017 – Joe Sugarman, Jayne Clark, and Matthew Graham

The 150-mile rail-to-trail bike path between Pittsburgh and Cumberland, Maryland, affords life-affirming views, forgiving terrain, and access to quaint towns. Wilderness Voyageurs offers inn-to-inn rides—it maps the route, changes any flats, and transfers luggage. Read More

Whether you pedal or paddle, check out Ohiopyle

August 10, 2017 – Bob Downing

It’s no surprise that Cucumber Falls is one of the most-photographed waterfalls in western Pennsylvania.

The picturesque and very accessible 30-foot waterfall is tucked in a wooded gorge that drains into the Youghiogheny River in the Laurel Highlands of southwest Pennsylvania. Read More

It’s time to play outside with activities offered throughout Pittsburgh

July 8, 2017 – Catherine Cray

Pittsburgh’s neighboring greenspace offers the perfect terrain for rock climbing. New to the sport? Check out Ohiopyle for in-depth instruction from Wilderness Voyageurs, an outdoors company that is prepared to help climbers of any skill level. Read More

Event will help outdoors people get it into (used) gear

April 8, 2017 – Bob Batz Jr.

With their April 23 Gear Fest, Chris Kaminski and Christine Iksic are testing the waters — and splashing in a little beer. Read More

Wilderness Voyageurs marks 50 years of growth

January 29, 2014 – Steve Ferris

Wilderness Voyageurs founder Lance Martin took 300 people white-water rafting in the Youghiogheny River in 1959, the company’s first year in business. That was a lot, considering that less than 2,000 people in the world were believed to have ever braved white water at that time. Read More

European fly fishing techniques rely on feel

March 28, 2010 – John Hayes

Last weekend, in a loft at Ohiopyle’s Wilderness Voyageurs Outfitters and on the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only stretch of nearby Meadow Run, fly fishing instructor Dale Kotowski showed a small Venture Outdoors class how it’s done. The manager of the store’s fly shop, Kotowski said he learned European nymphing during a fishing vacation in the Czech Republic. Read More

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Ten Reasons to Love Pennsylvania

May 24, 2013 – Judith Fein

“You’re going to Pennsylvania?” our friends asked. “You’re usually flying off to some destination we’ve never heard of, but the state named after William Penn? Why Pennsylvania?”

 

I could hear the thud of a gauntlet being tossed down when the words “why Pennsylvania?” were uttered. I picked up the metaphorical glove and flew east to answer the question. Read More

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Six Best Weekend Trips In The South

July 1, 2014 – Jess Daddio

There’s nothing that quite compares to hitting the open road. It’s exhilarating, liberating, intoxicating. You never know what’s around the corner, what hole-in-the-wall shop or hidden gem you may discover. Even if you’re just out for the day, breaking the 9-to-5 routine for a scenic drive might be enough to recharge your batteries and get you inspired to go outside and play. Read More

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Pennsylvania: Multisport Adventure in the Keystone State

July 10, 2014 – Chris Kassar

What Is It? Pedal nine gradual, scenic miles along the Great Allegheny Passage until you reach the launch point, then ditch your bike and trade it for a raft, duck, or canoe—your choice. Here, you’ll begin a float of the Middle Yough—a Class 1 to 2 river with some small waves and numerous swimming opportunities. Read More

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Beer Guide: Liquid Courage Beer Races

May 1, 2013 – Jedd Ferris

Nothing makes a race more satisfying than a pint of fresh craft beer waiting for you at the finish line. Here are six of our favorite beer races. Read More

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United States: Cycling the Blue and the Gray

April 10, 2012 – Margaret Loftus

Visiting Civil War battlefields needn’t involve musty coach buses and dry accounts only a reenactor could appreciate. Here’s a trip that commemorates the war’s sesquicentennial with a bike ride from Leesburg, Va., to Gettysburg, Pa., taking in story-filled battlefield tours and landmark towns along the route. Read More

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Laurel Highlands, Pa.

June 22, 2012- Blue Ridge Outdoors Admin

Water, water, everywhere: Laurel Highlands is an oasis of falls and cascades. Imagine wild rivers full of rapids and healthy trout, scenic mountaintops, and miles of singletrack through hardwood forests. Imagine that place lies just 45 minutes from the city suburbs. Now, imagine that city is Pittsburgh. Read More

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Go Long In Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands

August 29, 2008 – Lesley Suppes

Shaded by a dense hardwood canopy, cut by clear, wildflower lined creeks, and pocked with postcard-worthy ridgetop views, the 70-mile Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail (LHHT) is one of the Keystone state’s marquee paths. An hour south of Pittsburgh, the Laurel Highlands hover around 2,500 feet, and stay 10 to 20 degrees cooler than the humid valley floor. Pack light: There are eight shelter sites along the five- to six-day trek. Each site is equipped with a water pump, outhouses, refuse bins, tent-camping areas, and five Adirondack-style lean-to’s, replete with stone fireplaces and built-in cooking racks. Read More

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Adventure Families

September 28, 2017 – Jess Daddio

Want to take the kids on your next outdoor adventure? Take a gander at these tried and true tips from our four families before you hit the trail. Read More

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How to Plan the Perfect Trip to Fallingwater

March 15, 2017 – Renee Sklarew

One of the most celebrated buildings in America, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater sits just 3½ hours from DC, in the Laurel Highlands of southwestern Pennsylvania. The house’s majesty is partly due to the surrounding woods, rivers, and mountains, all of which Wright made the most of. Yet despite being a region of untamed beauty, the area isn’t touristy. Read More

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Legends of Ohiopyle

June 23, 2014 – Jess Daddio

Nestled among the rugged Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania lies an old logging town with an international renown that far outweighs its scant population of 59. That town is Ohiopyle, a sleepy little place with a few old buildings and one main road that runs through town uninterrupted by stop sign or traffic light. But what it lacks in appearances it makes up for in one thing. Whitewater. Read More

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Cycling the Great Allegheny Passage

October 24, 2015 – Gloria Ballard

When we mentioned to friends that we would be bicycling in southwest Pennsylvania, there was a three-second pause, and a look of concern. And then, “You know that’s in the mountains, right?” Right. But our six-day bike trek would take place mostly on the Great Allegheny Passage, the 150-mile rail-trail that begins in Cumberland, Maryland, and winds its way northwest to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Read More

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8 Perfect Weekend Trails

June 19, 2017 – Graham Averill

Thru-hiking for months on end is out of reach for most of us. But a weekend backpacking trip? Most of us can carve that time into our schedules. Luckily, the Southern Appalachians are chock full of sub-100 mile trails that offer a thru-hiking experience in just a few days. Read More

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Survey, guides say Yough River is haven for smallmouth bass

December 27, 2014 – Bob Frye

The Yough River has gotten a lot of attention in recent years for its often fantastic trout fishing. But don’t forget about its smallmouths. A recent survey of the river and the experiences of local guides show its bass fishery is topnotch, too. Read More

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Summer Road Trip Guide: Travel More, Spend Less

July 6, 2016 – Jess Daddio

Roll down the windows, turn up the tunes, and hit the road. We have scoured the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic for the most affordable adventures. Read More

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Rails to Trails Conservancy Sojourn comes to Salem

On Monday afternoon, the Salem International University soccer field was covered in tents, bicycles and riders for the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s West Virginia Sojourn. “This ride is different from some of the others. It’s diverse with the tunnels and some other aspects,” said Kasia Martin, bike tour manager of Wilderness Voyagers. Read More

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Eco-Tourism in the Laurel Highlands: By Bike, by Boat and On Foot

October 9, 2013 – John D. Ivanko

The Laurel Highlands stretch over three counties of mountainous terrain that starts a little over an hour east of Pittsburgh and encompass over 120,000 acres of state and federally managed parks and feature the spectacular Youghiogheny River Gorge in the Ohiopyle State Park – where we spent most of our time traipsing through the woods. Running the “Yough,” as it’s often called, is one of the best white water rafting opportunities in the Eastern US. Read More

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Girl Guide: On Being a Woman and a Whitewater Guide

October 13, 2009 – Colleen Oneil

Tara Nathan stops adjusting her spray skirt for a minute to stand up in front of the sea of red rafts. She waves at the boats full of Boy Scouts (most of whom are a good five inches shorter than her) and grins, a flash of white teeth on tan skin, then plunks back down on her green kayak. Read More

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Cheat Canyon in W.Va. permanently conserved

April 11, 2015 – Steve Ferris

The Cheat Canyon, eight miles of rugged West Virginia mountains with the Cheat River and the Allegheny Trail running through it, has been permanently conserved. State, federal and conservation organization officials named it the Cheat Canyon Wildlife Management Area after they pulled together $7 million to buy the property from a private owner last fall. The canyon had been a target for preservation since the 1970s. Read More

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Top Three East Coast River Rafting Spots Surge into Spotlight as the ‘Triple Crown of Eastern Whitewater’

July 24, 2007

With majestic scenery and roaring rivers, the ‘Triple Crown of Eastern Whitewater’ is indisputable proof that adventure is alive and well on the East Coast. The ‘Triple Crown’ consists of a trio of dam-controlled rivers offering guided whitewater rafting adventures throughout the summer and into the early fall; the Dead River (Maine), the Gauley River (Virginia), and the Youghiogheny River (Pennsylvania). Read More

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The Next Great Mountain Towns

June 29, 2011 – Graham Averill

You already love towns like Charlottesville, Asheville, and Fayetteville for their outdoor vibe, but the Southern Appalachians are full of lesser-known small towns that boast vibrant scenes and access to incredible adventure. Here’s a short list of candidates poised to become the South’s Next Great Mountain Town. Read More

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Ride your bicycle from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C.

June 17, 2013 – Jayne Clark

The final segment of the trail — from Homestead, Pa., to Pittsburgh — opened to fanfare on Saturday, completing a 150-mile route that links to the C&O Canal Towpath in Cumberland, Md. The C&O towpath continues another 185 miles into Washington, D.C. Like many of the nation’s multi-use trails, the GAP was created from an abandoned rail line. (The last train rolled through in 1975). It exists largely thanks to the vision and persistence of the Allegheny Trail Alliance, a coalition of local groups in southwestern Pennsylvania and western Maryland. Read More

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Bicycling OMG

June 2016 – Taylor Rojek

Katy Trail, Missouri. AT 237 miles, it’s the nation’s longest rails-to-trails project. How often can you ride a rail trail (nearly) across an entire states? Flat and scenic – more than half of the trail follows Lewis and Clark’s route along the Missouri River – it’s also a good place for beginners to get started on a bike. Read More

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Laid-Back Lodging for Outdoorsfolk

March 22, 2014 – Aaron Bible

Looking to step up your accommodations from the back of your Toyota truck? Got a new girlfriend who insists on having a shower? For all those who might wear their hair just a little too long, who always travel with at least one dog (call before you book), and who are looking for a bed or a bunk to lay their weary head, here’s a look at our top laid-back lodging picks for your outdoor adventures. We’re not sure what thread count you’ll find, but it beats washing up in the gas station bathroom. Many of these spots are truly first class in both atmosphere and service. Read More

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The 9 Best Outdoor Guides in America (And Their Most Epic Adventures)

December 16, 2014 – Jayme Moye

Eric Martin’s parents started leading rafting trips for scouts on the Youghiogheny River in 1959. They launched Wilderness Voyageurs five years later, becoming the first whitewater rafting company on the Youghiogheny, and the entire east coast. “I grew up deep in the rafting business,” Martin says. “I got my first kayak at age 10, after my dad made me cut grass all summer to earn it.” Read More

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Colors Without Crowds: 10 Fall Foliage Favorites

October 5, 2016 – Jess Daddio

Autumn can be a great time to get outdoors, but the change in season brings more than those beloved golden-red vistas. If you’re sick of the leaf peepin’ crowds, we’ve consulted some regional hiking experts for 10 hikes less traveled, rated on a solitude scale of 0 to 5 (0 = crowded; 5 = not a soul in sight), so you can still hit the trail and soak in the colors without competing with the masses. Read More