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Address: PO Box 105 124 Main Street Ohiopyle, PA 15470-0105
Park Manager: Kenneth Bisbee
Contact Info: 724-329-8591
ohiopylesp@pa.gov
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  • Contrary to the information on Google, Pennsylvania state parks are open every day of the year. Day use areas close at dusk. Park offices are open specific hours. Pools, beaches, and campgrounds are open specific seasons.
  • The aquatic invasive plant species Didymo has now been confirmed in the Youghiogheny River at Ohiopyle State Park. The discovery of Didymo has no immediate impact to the visitor experience on or along the Yough. Didymo is not considered a significant risk to human health. DCNR is working with PA DEP and PA Fish & Boat Commission to monitor and survey the Youghiogheny River. The park encourages all boaters, fisherman, and visitors to be vigilant during this time and aide in the mitigation of the spread of Didymo into other rivers and streams by properly washing all gear, equipment and watercraft used in the Yough. The Lower and Middle Yough are open for all recreational uses to include white water boating and fishing. For more information on Clean Your Gear: http://www.fishandboat.com/cleanyourgear.htm

Park Description

Located at the southern reaches of the Laurel Ridge, Ohiopyle State Park encompasses approximately 20,500 acres of rugged natural beauty and serves as the southern gateway to the Laurel Highlands. Passing through the heart of the park, the rushing waters of the Youghiogheny [yaw-ki-gay-nee] River Gorge are the centerpiece for Ohiopyle. The “Yough” [yawk] provides some of the best whitewater boating in the eastern United States, as well as spectacular scenery.

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    • Ohiopyle Campground
      Season : 10 Months
      Restroom : Modern
      Campsites : 208 Sites
      Electric : Yes
      Pets Allowed : Yes
      ADA Accessible : Yes
      Please be aware that only designated sites have electric, allow pets and are ADA accessible.
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    • Great Gorge Trail
      More Difficult 2.56 miles
      This trail begins at the Cucumber Picnic Area and crosses several bridges and roads. The trail follows Cucumber Run and passes and area known for its spring wildflowers. The next trail section follows an old tramway used to transport coal to the railroad. A spur of this trail leads up a steep incline to the Kentuck Campground.
    • Kentuck Trail
      More Difficult 0.91 miles
      This series of trails begins at the Tharp Knob Picnic Area. A short one-mile look includes the Tharp Knob Overlook. The trail continues to the Kentuck Campground contact station, briefly follows the road, then descends to meet Jonathan Run Trail.
    • Kentuck Trail
      More Difficult 0.03 miles
      This series of trails begins at the Tharp Knob Picnic Area. A short one-mile look includes the Tharp Knob Overlook. The trail continues to the Kentuck Campground contact station, briefly follows the road, then descends to meet Jonathan Run Trail.
    • Kentuck Trail
      More Difficult 0.21 miles
      This series of trails begins at the Tharp Knob Picnic Area. A short one-mile look includes the Tharp Knob Overlook. The trail continues to the Kentuck Campground contact station, briefly follows the road, then descends to meet Jonathan Run Trail.
    • Kentuck Trail
      More Difficult 0.94 miles
      This series of trails begins at the Tharp Knob Picnic Area. A short one-mile look includes the Tharp Knob Overlook. The trail continues to the Kentuck Campground contact station, briefly follows the road, then descends to meet Jonathan Run Trail.
    • Kentuck Trail
      More Difficult 0.07 miles
      This series of trails begins at the Tharp Knob Picnic Area. A short one-mile look includes the Tharp Knob Overlook. The trail continues to the Kentuck Campground contact station, briefly follows the road, then descends to meet Jonathan Run Trail.
    • Kentuck Trail
      More Difficult 0.22 miles
      This series of trails begins at the Tharp Knob Picnic Area. A short one-mile look includes the Tharp Knob Overlook. The trail continues to the Kentuck Campground contact station, briefly follows the road, then descends to meet Jonathan Run Trail.
    • Kentuck Trail
      More Difficult 0.05 miles
      This series of trails begins at the Tharp Knob Picnic Area. A short one-mile look includes the Tharp Knob Overlook. The trail continues to the Kentuck Campground contact station, briefly follows the road, then descends to meet Jonathan Run Trail.
    • Mccune Trail
      More Difficult 3.97 miles
      This trail passes through various habitats and by evidence of the McCune Farm. Hikers can see an old spring house and pond as remants of this working farm. The trail runs along the highest ridge in the park.
    • Beech Trail
      More Difficult 2.22 miles
      The Beech Loop begins at the Kentuck Campground Amphitheater and connects to the Beech Trail and Sproul Trails. The 2.1 mile Beech Trail passes through a forest of towering American beech trees and leads to the Great Gorge Trail.
    • Mitchell Trail
      More Difficult 2.82 miles
      This loop trail begins at the Old Mitchell Place Parking Area in the west side of the park. The trail meanders through a variety of habitats including forest and meadow and is excellent for birding in the spring. A connector trail splits off at the back of the loop connecting to the Great Allegheny Passage.
    • Sugarloaf / Baughman Connector
      More Difficult 0.82 miles
      Serves as connector between Baughman and Sugaloaf Trail.
    • Baughman Trail
      Most Difficult 4.00 miles
      This trail has trailheads at the back of the Middle Yough Take-out Parking Area adjacent to the Train Station/ Visitor Center in downtown Ohiopyle and at the Mountain Biking Trail parking lot. This steep, rocky trail passes Baughman Rock, a spectacular overlook of the Youghiogheny River Gorge.
    • Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail
      More Difficult 62.01 miles
      Ohiopyle serves as the southern terminus for the 70-mile Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail. This trail traverses the Laurel Ridge from Ohiopyle to northern end near Johnstown. The trail is open for year-round hiking and backpacking. An overnight shelter area is located every 8-10 miles along the trail.\r\n\r\nReservations for backpack camping are required. Reservations can be made by contacting Laurel Ridge State Park, 1117 Jim Mountain Road, Rockwood, PA 15557, 724-455-3744 or by reserving online at www. visitPAparks.com.
    • Beech Loop Trail
      More Difficult 0.80 miles
      The Beech Loop begins at the Kentuck Campground Amphitheater and connects to the Beech Trail and Sproul Trails.
    • Kentuck Trail
      More Difficult 1.52 miles
      This series of trails begins at the Tharp Knob Picnic Area. A short one-mile look includes the Tharp Knob Overlook. The trail continues to the Kentuck Campground contact station, briefly follows the road, then descends to meet Jonathan Run Trail.
    • Ferncliff Trail
      Easiest 1.91 miles
      All other Ferncliff Peninsula tails branch off of this loop trail which circles the peninsula. The trailhead is near the Ferncliff Parking Lot.
    • Meadow Run Trail
      Easiest 3.34 miles
      There are trailheads near the park office, at the waterslides on SR 2011 and at Cucumber Falls on SR 2019. From the waterslides parking lot, take the left trail under the SR 381 bridge for 0.7 mile to Cucumber Falls. Take the trail to the right, which leads to a loop trail and the Cascades. This trail is intersected by a path leading to the SR 2011 trailhead.
    • Oakwoods Trail
      Easiest 0.54 miles
      This trail passes through a mature hardwood forest.
    • High Point Trail
      Easiest 0.17 miles
    • Sproul Loop Trail
      Easiest 3.02 miles
      These five interconnecting loops are just north of the Kentuck Campground, near the second overflow parking area outside of the campground.
    • Route 31 Shelter Area
      More Difficult 0.07 miles
    • Bruner Run Climbing Area Trail
      More Difficult 0.20 miles
    • Fernwood Trail
      Easiest 0.42 miles
      This trail features beautiful ferns and the remants of the old Ferncliff Hotel.
    • Beech Climbing Area Connector Trail
      More Difficult 0.03 miles
      Connects Great Allegheny Passage to Beech Climbing Area along Beech Trail.
    • Sugar Run Trail
      More Difficult 1.62 miles
      This trail connects Old Mitchell trail to Jonathan Run Trail.
    • Buffalo Nut Trail
      Easiest 0.10 miles
      This short trail is the first branch off of Ferncliff Trail and is a shortcut to Oakwoods Trail.
    • Climbing Area 4 Access Trail
      Easiest 0.03 miles
    • Jonathan Run Trail
      Easiest 1.24 miles
      The trailhead is along the Holland Hill Road. The trail crisscrosses Jonathan Run and passes by small waterfalls, including Jonathan Run Falls. The trail connects to the Great Allegheny Passage.
    • Sugarloaf Trail
      Most Difficult 10.50 miles
      This hiking, biking and snowmobiling trail begins near the Train Station/ Visitor Center. The trailhead is at the back of the Middle Youghiogheny Take-out Parking Area, to the right of the Great Allegheny Passage. The Trail climbs 800 feet in elevation in two steep sections. The trail connects to the main bike trail area near Sugarloaf Knob.
    • Climbing Area 3 Access
      Easiest 0.02 miles
    • Great Allegheny Passage
      Easiest 16.29 miles
      The Great Allegheny Passage has 27 miles of trail in the park and connects Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Cumberland, Maryland. The flat, crushed limestone tail was once the rail bed for the Western Maryland Railroad. This trail is suitable for all ages and ADA accessible. Rental bicycles are available. The trail is excellent for hiking, jogging and cross- country skiiing and can be used to combine a bike ride or hike with some excellent wilderness trout fishing or hunting. All moterized vehicles and equisterians are prohhibited. More information on the Great Allegheny Passage can be found at www.atatrail.org. \r\n\r\nFrom the Ramcat Launch Area and Trailhead Parking Area on the east side of the park, the trail descends at a one percent downhill grade to the Train Station/ Visitor's Center parking lot in the town of Ohiopyle. From the Train Station/ Visitor's Center in the town of Ohiopyle, the 17 miles of trail crosses the river twice and descends at a three percent grade to Connellsville. Parking is available in Connellsville in lots on Third Street and in the Yough River Park.
    • Peninsula Trail
      Most Difficult 1.45 miles
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      Easiest 0.04 miles
      The Great Allegheny Passage has 27 miles of trail in the park and connects Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Cumberland, Maryland. The flat, crushed limestone tail was once the rail bed for the Western Maryland Railroad. This trail is suitable for all ages and ADA accessible. Rental bicycles are available. The trail is excellent for hiking, jogging and cross- country skiiing and can be used to combine a bike ride or hike with some excellent wilderness trout fishing or hunting. All moterized vehicles and equisterians are prohhibited. More information on the Great Allegheny Passage can be found at www.atatrail.org. \r\n\r\nFrom the Ramcat Launch Area and Trailhead Parking Area on the east side of the park, the trail descends at a one percent downhill grade to the Train Station/ Visitor's Center parking lot in the town of Ohiopyle. From the Train Station/ Visitor's Center in the town of Ohiopyle, the 17 miles of trail crosses the river twice and descends at a three percent grade to Connellsville. Parking is available in Connellsville in lots on Third Street and in the Yough River Park.
    • King Road Parking Spur
      Most Difficult 0.45 miles
      Approximately 0.5 mile segment connecting the overnight parking area on King Road to the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail. Extremely steep in sections.
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