Welcome to Ohiopyle, PA! The name “Ohiopyle” is from a Lenape Indian phrase ahi ohipele which means “it turns very white”, referring to the frothy waterfalls on the Youghiogheny River running through the town. Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania is a tiny town and outdoor recreation mecca within the Laurel Highlands region in southwestern Pennsylvania. It is located in Fayette County, approximately one hour south of downtown Pittsburgh, PA. What is not “tiny” is our adventurous spirit. Ohiopyle has it all, including rafting, biking, fly fishing, SUPing, kayaking, and much more. Wilderness Voyageurs started running adventures in 1964, and was the first outfitter to run trips on the Youghiogheny River. Let’s discover Ohiopyle!
See our sample Ohiopyle itineraries from one-day stays to a full weekend stay in the Adventure Center of Ohiopyle.
Just an hour from downtown Pittsburgh and just a few hours from Cleveland or Cincinnati is an outdoor playground. Ohiopyle was featured as One of the 22 Smallest Towns in America Worth Visiting. In Ohiopyle you’ll find lots of fun things to do outdoors on the Youghiogheny River, the Great Allegheny Passage Trail, and in Ohiopyle State Park. The 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. No matter your flavor of adventure, you can find an activity sure to thrill you in Ohiopyle…
For 50 years, Wilderness Voyageurs has been providing an exciting and fun rafting experience for our guests. Our river rafting trips span through Read More…
See the world from a whole different perspective. If you want to experience the sights, sounds, culture and geography of a place, or get GAP Bike Shuttles, Read More…
Wilderness Voyageurs is serious about fly fishing. We offer expert instruction, clinics and guided trips for all experience levels. We also have the only full service fly shop Read More…
Stand-up Paddle (SUP) boarding is quickly become an incredibly popular way to enjoy the water. Take a stable surfboard, add a large canoe paddle, and you end up with a recreational watercraft Read More…
Come discover the adventure of kayaking through Ohiopyle’s premier instructional kayak program. With sections of river ranging from Class I to Class V on our very own Yough Read More…
The Ohiopyle State Park hosts 79 miles of trails for you to enjoy, showcasing the beauty of the Laurel Highlands. From short cruising day hikes to more difficult backpacking trails, Ohiopyle State Park holds many hiking gems for you to discover. Read More…
Ready to start planning your ideal Ohiopyle vacation? We’ve created a combination of a one-day to a multi-day stay in Ohiopyle, PA. For more itinerary ideas, see all our Ohiopyle Microcations for a perfect Ohiopyle Getaway!
Start the day exploring Ohiopyle State Park, just an hour from downtown Pittsburgh. Trails spanning the 14 miles of the scenic river where you can kayak, SUP, rent a road bike and enjoy mountain bike trails, the choices are limitless!
Where To Eat:
Take a pit stop for lunch at Falls City Pub where you can find tasty meals and microbrews.
Ready for a thrill? Adventure awaits with an afternoon of rafting with Wilderness Voyageurs, Ohiopyle’s longest-running raft company. From the Upper, Middle, and Lower Yough, plus the Cheat River Canyon we’ve got it all!
Need a pick me up? Stop by Rapid Java for a fair trade organic coffee before hitting the road back home. Don’t forget to grab a souvenir from the Ohiopyle Outfitter Store.
Where To Stay:
We’ve got you a whole weekend, let’s Discover Ohiopyle! You’ve got plenty of places to stay for the weekend: Tall Oaks Campground for the camper in you, Ohiopyle Cabins & Rentals, Hotels and Resorts, Bed & Breakfasts, and more!
Get Your Adventure Gear:
Stop by the Ohiopyle Outfitter to get all your necessary gear for the weekend. The perfect fly, a better bike seat, camping equipment? The Wilderness Outfitter Store has everything you need for your adventure of choice.
Coffee & Food Break:
Get your caffeine fix at Rapid Java, right before the trailhead.
Bike Ohiopyle State Park:
Starting with the Adventure Center of Ohiopyle, Wilderness Voyageurs there is no better way to see a new city than from the views of a bike. Cruise through Ohiopyle State Park, 27 miles of the Great Allegheny Passage rail-trail within the park, as well as over 20 miles of mountain bike singletrack, plus miles of quiet mountain roads for keen road riders and gravel enthusiasts. Take your pick! Read more about bike rentals in Ohiopyle.
Lunch break at Falls City Restaurant and Pub, great food, extensive beer list, and more.
Enjoy the rest of the afternoon exploring one of the 22 Smallest Towns in America Ohiopyle!
Adventure Is Waiting:
Treat yourself to a day of guided rock climbing in Ohiopyle State Park. Depending on your experience level, you can go to a number of different climbing areas. Steep sport climbing is the norm around here, with some bouldering opportunities as well. When you get to the rocks, your guide will set up a top rope over the route. Expect a few hours of climbing, a break for lunch, and then hit the wall again. It’ll be a memorable day!
Ready to Kayak:
For something totally different, try learning a new skill! We offer Beginner Kayak Instruction classes. You can book private instruction for you and a small group of friends, which can be anywhere from one to five days.
Whitewater Rafting In Ohiopyle:
Get a real thrill with a whitewater rafting trip on the Upper Yough! This is our premier rafting trip on the southernmost stretch of whitewater on the Youghiogheny. The Upper is a fun, fast-paced stretch of Class IV-V whitewater — full of big rocks, drops, and tight moves in a small raft. (This trip is for experienced rafters only!) It’s sure to leave a big smile on your face.
All Ohiopyle Microcations:
See all our perfect Ohiopyle Microcations for a perfect Ohiopyle Getaway!
Just an hour from downtown Pittsburgh and just a few hours from Cleveland or Cincinnati is an outdoor playground. The Ohiopyle State Park has more than 14 miles of scenic river for rafting; kayaking; stand-up paddling and fly fishing, and 20,000 acres of terrain to hike or mountain bike. Paradise is a quick car ride away!
Ohiopyle State Park Maps are also available at Wilderness Voyageurs Outfitter Store.
Right near the river or trailhead, you’ll find the Falls City Pub in the heart of Ohiopyle! Located at the north entrance to town (just off Rt 381 on Garrett St.) at the terminus of the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail, the pub is easy to access and always a fun time. Great food, extensive beer list, and more. Come visit us year-round! If you’re seeking caffeine, Rapid Java is also nearby, with fair trade organic coffee, sweet treats, and more. Learn More.
Need new gear? The perfect fly, a better bike seat, camping equipment? The Wilderness Outfitter Store has everything you need for your adventure of choice. We’re located at the north entrance of Ohiopyle. Stop in here to check in for trips, grab a coffee, get online or rent a bike. Learn more.
Make time for relaxation AND action-packed activities by making your Ohiopyle experience a getaway! Options for accommodations around Ohiopyle include: