Ohiopyle Travel Guide

  • Bike trail crosses the Youghiogheny River
    Bike trail crosses the Youghiogheny...
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  • Youghiogheny River at Ohiopyle
    Youghiogheny River at Ohiopyle
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  • Trail through the ferns
    Trail through the ferns
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Ohiopyle Things to Do

  • A cozy jewel of a house

    Visitors to Frank Lloyd Wright's 'Fallingwater, should not miss 'Kentuck Knob', a house designed by Wright for the Hagan family. Wright was 86 when it was commissioned and is one of the last houses he designed. He was occupies on many projects at the time, and famously said he could “shake it (Kentuck Knob) out of his sleeve at will”, never even...

  • Cucumber Falls

    The Cucumber Run, a tributary to the Youghiogheny River tumbles off a 30 foot high sandstone shelf into the gorge carved by the Yough. It is pretty spectacular if the stream is running high, as it was on the wet day we were in the Ohiopyle State Park. The parking area is just off the Kentuck Road, and it takes only a few minutes to walk to the...

  • Walk in Ferncliff peninsula trails

    Walk across the the curved bridge with its distinctive arches, to the forested peninsula, surrounded on 3 sides by the looping Youghiogeny river. The trails are flat and easy walking - follow the black blazed. It is a little over 3km to complete the loop trail.After rails, the trails on the peninsula can be a little muddy and slippery, but not...

  • Seventy mile hike.

    The Laurel mountain hiking trail is a seventy mile trek along a stretch on top of the Allegheny highland mountains. Trekking this can take an individual any number of days or hours. Most people set aside seven days to hike stop and look and find natural treasures. Others as in the Laurel highland race cover the seventy miles in blistering time of...

  • The first must see is...

    The first must see is Fallingwater, perhaps Frank Lloyd Wright's most famous private home. It is litterally perched over a waterfall!

  • Wow two Frank Lloyd Wrights in...

    Wow two Frank Lloyd Wrights in the same town...Kentuck Knob is a smaller private home built on the top of a hill, with a style all its own. Great views and don't miss the sculpture garden, it is full of suprises, and some famous names in modern art.Far less known and travelled than Fallingwater, and a much more intimate experience.


Ohiopyle Restaurants

  • Coffee Fail!!!

    We came for a snack lunch on our day tour of the Ohiopyle region. It was a wet day and the small town was deserted. Our first choice, the Firefly Grill was closed, so we tried the well reviewed Ohiopyle Bakery & Sandwich Shoppe, and found it pretty overrated. We ordered pepperoni rolls (loaded and unloaded), which were OK, but not served...

  • Hungry filler!

    Great place to have brekkie before or after a long bike, hike or boating. They serve all three meals with very nice sized portions for a reasonable price. Dig In! Breakfast !!! Eggs, sausage, pancakes, the works.

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Ohiopyle Local Customs

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    by riverotter Written Oct 4, 2002

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    In order to avoid trouble, just follow these simple rules. Don't have any alcohol in the State Park, do not run the falls except at the annual falls race, and do not jump off the US 381 brigde into the river.
    (But as you can see from this photo a friend and i forgot that rule once!)

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Ohiopyle Warnings and Dangers

  • by towhee Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Watch out for poison oak on the trails. The park is busy on weekends, so don't come expecting solitude then.

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Ohiopyle Off The Beaten Path

  • Hike a trail, such as the...

    Hike a trail, such as the Jonathan Run Trail, Ferncliffe Trail, or one of the many others. Have a dip in the natural water slides if you dare...see pic.

  • Maybe not quite off the beaten...

    Maybe not quite off the beaten path, but less visited than Ohiopyle Falls is Cucumber Falls.See the web site for directions. http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/parks/ohio.htm

  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

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  • Take a river Trip! At least 7...

    Take a river Trip! At least 7 miles of class III and IV rapids, excellent shuttle service and plenty of ways to enjoy it. Novices can take a fun guided raft trip, or experienced kayakers can hit the rapids in a kayak. See: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/parks/ohio.htm I have paddled it at all times of the year, and my personal favorite is...

  • Don't miss Fallingwater, the...

    Don't miss Fallingwater, the historic home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. It has a stunning natural setting over a creek--only you can't actually see the creek from the house (you can hear it, though). The house is so well integrated into its surroundings it feels a bit like a treehouse. Not all the doorways and windows seem practical, however....

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