05 May 2019 Top 12 Things to do in Ohiopyle
Ohiopyle Is The Perfect Spot For Family Adventures!
Here In Pennsylvania’s Biggest State Park, You’ll Find Activities For Both The Young And The Young-At-Heart.
Family Rafting Adventures
If your family is feeling adventurous (and your kids are over 12), take on some of the best whitewater rafting in the east. Take your family on a Lower Yough Rafting Trip. Guide-assisted rafting tours are available on the Lower Yough’s 7.5 miles of Class III to IV waters, a fun and memorable adventure. This day trip packs in scenery and fun on the busiest section of whitewater east of the Mississippi River.
But river trips don’t have to be so full of adrenaline. If you have younger kids (ages 5 and up) or less daring family members, take a family-friendly river trip on the Middle Yough. This stretch of the river is 9 miles long, with gentle rapids that’ll be a chill day on the water. These Class I and II rapids make are ideal for novice kayakers, families with young children and those looking for a relaxing way to cool off.
Bike or Hike
Hop on the Great Allegheny Passage, a 150-mile nearly-level rail-trail, in Ohiopyle. Pedal east from Ohiopyle, along the banks of the Youghiogheny River, for a scenic 11-mile ride to Confluence, another charming trail town. Ohiopyle also has almost 20 miles of mountain bike trails for all skill levels.
Combine two of Ohiopyle’s most popular activities, rafting on the Middle Yough and biking on the Great Allegheny Passage, with our Pedal and Paddle package. Start in Ohiopyle for some easy pedaling along the nine-mile section of the trail that parallels the Yough River. You will end your biking trip at the Middle Yough put-in to exchange your bikes for your watercraft before you paddle back to Ohiopyle!As we round the bend into summertime in Ohiopyle State Park, Ferncliff Peninsula, a 100-acre botanical reserve comes to life.
This small, lush piece of forest has a unique habitat with rare and unusual Pennsylvania plants like the lady slipper and the mountain laurel, our state flower. In 1973 it was designated a National Natural Landmark. A small network of trails wind through the natural area. The 1.7-mile Ferncliff Trail circles the peninsula, with great views of Ohiopyle Falls and whitewater rapids on the Youghiogheny River.
Climb up or splash down!
If you want to try something totally new, sign up for a Wilderness Voyageurs rock climbing class.Our instructors will teach you everything: from the basic knots and belay systems to rappelling techniques. Ohiopyle has a few great climbing spots for rock rats of different abilities, like the Meadow Run Climbing Area and Bruner Run Climbing Area.
On a hot day, you can cool off and have some fun in Ohiopyle’s nature-made water park. In the summertime at a normal summer water level, you can slide down two natural waterslides in Meadow Run. Sit in the creek bed (wearing an old pair of shorts!) and slide to your heart’s content. If you’re concerned about the flow of the creek, you can call the State Park to make sure the creek is safe for sliding.
Only in Ohiopyle
In the center of Ohiopyle, the Ohiopyle Falls stretch across the entire Youghiogheny River. This 20-foot drop is right next to the Laurel Highlands Falls Area Visitor Center, which you can explore after taking in the views. The Visitor Center is just above the put-in for Lower Yough whitewater rafting.
Baughman Rock Overlook is an excellent view of the Youghiogheny River Gorge. You can hike or bike the steep, 1.5-mile Baughman Trail to the overlook for rewarding rest with a view. If you’re tired out from a day of adventuring, take a short drive up Sugarloaf Road, park at the rocks, and walk less than a hundred feet to the viewpoint.
Cucumber Falls in Ohiopyle State Park is an easily accessible “bridal veil” waterfall, probably one of the most photographed waterfalls in the state! Starting from the Ferncliff parking area, you can hike down the Great Allegheny Passage and take the 1.5-mile Great Gorge Trail to the waterfall. Or just park at the Cucumber Falls Trail Head (located off the Ohiopyle/Chalk Hill Road) and take a short path to the falls. It’s a perfect family photo op!
Stay the night
Take the tribe for a campout at Kentuck Campground in Ohiopyle. This campground has over 200 sites – some with electric hookups, and all with access to flush toilets and hot showers. There are also 27 walk-in sites secluded in the forest, as well as rustic cottages and yurts. From the campground, you can take a scenic hike on Kentuck Trail to a sweeping overlook of the river and town.
Take the crew out to eat at Falls City Pub. Falls City Pub is the heart of Ohiopyle. Located at the north entrance to town (just off Route 381 on Garrett Street) and down the street from the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail’s terminus, the pub is easy to access and always a fun time. It’s got great food (with lots of smaller plates and options for kids), extensive beer list, and mellow, live music every Sunday afternoon.
All Wilderness Voyageurs bicycle tours are fully supported with a SAG vehicle and include beautiful routes through stunning landscapes, excellent food and accommodations, top rate equipment, dedicated and enthusiastic guides.
Give our wonderful reservation staff a call to book your next bike tour vacation. (800) 272 – 4141