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Ohiopyle Falls

Ohiopyle is a lovely resort town located along the Youghiogheny [yaw-ki-GAY-nee] River in the Pittsburgh Region of Pennsylvania. The town is surrounded by the Ohiopyle State Park [1], with its beautiful scenery and many recreational opportunities.

Get in

Ohiopyle is along PA 381, about 6 miles north of US 40 at Farmington, and around 20 miles south of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. It's a scenic and winding route, due to the hilly terrain.

Get around

See

  • Cucumber Falls. A 30-foot tall bridal waterfall located just outside of town, just off of SR 2019 (look for the pull-out, then hike down the short trail). Alternatively, you can hike down PA 381 from town to SR 2019, then walk down the Great Gorge Trail along the river to the falls.
  • Fallingwater, in Mill Run, several miles north of town, +1 724 329-8501, [2]. Tours must be purchased in advance online or by phone; Th-Tu 10AM-4PM (Dec F-Su 11:30AM-3PM, closed Wednesdays, January, February). Grounds are open daily, weather permitting. Frank Lloyd Wright's most famous structure and considered one of the finest works of architecture in the country, the house perched atop a waterfall is open for tours. $18 adults, $12 youth, $8 grounds only.
  • Ferncliff Peninsula National Natural Landmark. Located on a peninsula formed by a meander in the Youghiogeny River, this is a unique habitat which contains many plants that are more common to West Virgina and Maryland than to Pennsylvania, due to the deep gorge which is slightly warmer than the surrounding hills and the river dropping off the seeds it picked up to the south. The peninsula is easily reached from the town of Ohiopyle by walking across the large bridge near the railroad tracks at the north side of town.
  • Kentuck Knob, 723 Kentuck Road (in Chalk Hill, west of town), +1 724 329-1901, [3]. Th-Tu 10AM-4PM, W 12PM-4PM; closed Dec-Mar. Another of Frank Lloyd Wright's famous homes and one of his last, Kentuck Knob is a small one story house made of sandstone and red cypress. Tours are available; tickets must be purchased in advance online or by phone. $18 adults, $12 youth.
  • Ohiopyle Falls. Located right next to the town, the falls are the most easy to experience of any in the park. A overlook off the main road is perched just above the 20-foot falls. They're not particularly tall, but their power and beauty shouldn't be underestimated.

Do

Whitewater rafting on the Youghiogeny River
  • Bike Trails.
  • Canoeing.
  • Hiking Trails.
  • Kayaking.
  • The Meadow Run Waterslides are a popular attraction for local teenagers, with the current moving fast through some slick rock "slides". For the less adventurous, the slides and adjoining rock formations are quite scenic.
  • Waterslides.
  • Whitewater Rafting.

Buy

Eat

Drink

Sleep

  • A youth hostel is located at the northern end of the town.
  • The state park maintains a large campground west of town.

Contact

Stay Safe

  • Caution is always needed when swimming, boating, or rafting in a river. The Youghiogheny River is no exception. Care must especially be taken when near the falls. The most popular swimming are in the park is located within a quarter mile of the falls, so swimming here while the river is high can be rather dangerous if proper precautions are not taken.

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