If you’re looking for natural beauty, you’ll find it in Ohiopyle along the Youghiogheny River.
Ohiopyle is home to Ohiopyle State Park, a popular outdoor recreation hub covering over 20,000 acres and is the gateway to the Laurel Highlands Mountains. This spectacular scenery sets the perfect stage for this area’s most popular activity – Ohiopyle rafting!
Your Ohiopyle whitewater rafting adventure awaits in southwestern Pennsylvania, only an hour away from Pittsburgh and Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. Ohiopyle is a 3-hour drive from Cleveland, Akron, and Washington, DC.
Wilderness Voyageurs offers fully-guided raft trips, guide-escorted raft trips, and raft rentals on the Youghiogheny River. From advanced trips led by a guide to solo float down a gentle river, you can choose the best Ohiopyle rafting experience for you and your group!
The best rafting in Ohiopyle happens on the Youghiogheny River. The Youghiogheny River, or “Yough,” as it is popularly called, has three different levels of white water rafting trips run on it: The Upper, Middle, and Lower Yough sections are different degrees of white water intensity, ideal for different experience levels and ages.
Trip Departures: April-October
The Lower Yough is our most popular Ohiopyle rafting trip for a good reason – this river section is a total blast! It involves Class III white water, which means fun waves and fast action are punctuated by gentle meandering sections to catch your breath and enjoy the scenery.
The Lower Yough trip doesn’t require any prior experience, making this raft trip perfect for first-timers and rafting enthusiasts alike.
The standard Lower Yough rafting trip is a guide-assisted trip, which means you captain your boat with an expert guide in a kayak ready to assist you at any point. However, there are additional options to make it a fully guided trip or a private deluxe trip.
Trip Departures: April-October
Want a relaxed river trip for multi-generation family members? The Middle Yough is for you! The easy, gentle Class I-II Middle Yough raft trip travels North downstream from Confluence, PA, to Ohiopyle, PA. The Middle Yough is perfect for first-timers, kids as young as 5, and families looking for a fun day trip outside.
Due to the mild rapids on this section of the river, you can rent rafts, stand-up paddle boards, canoes, shredders, kayaks, and duckies (inflatable kayaks) for paddling fun on the Middle Yough. You can even pair your raft trip with a biking activity on the Middle Yough Pedal and Paddle Trip!
Trip Departures: Specific days throughout April-October
If you’re a raft enthusiast searching for an adrenaline rush, look no further than the Upper Yough. The Upper Yough rafting trip meets in Friendsville, Maryland, just a 25-minute drive from Ohiopyle. The Upper Yough trip has Class IV-V white water action for high-intensity, technical white water rafting. This section of the river requires prior experience and an aggressive “go for it” attitude.
Even though the Upper Yough is a section of the Youghiogheny River, the Upper Yough does not start, end, or go through Ohiopyle. This river runs south to north and the Upper Yough trip runs directly south of Ohiopyle, PA, in the far northwest corner of Maryland.