An exhilarating park to see and experience, more than 14 miles of the Youghiogheny River Gorge churns though the heart of Ohiopyle. The famous Lower Yough, below the scenic Ohiopyle Falls, provides some of the best whitewater boating in the Eastern US. You can also hike or bike the 28-mile Youghiogheny River Trail.
Located primarily in Fayette County, Ohiopyle State Park encompasses approximately 19,052 acres of rugged natural beauty and serves as the gateway to the Laurel Mountains.
The focal point of the area is the more than 14 miles of the Youghiogheny [yaw-ki-gay-nee] River Gorge that passes through the heart of the park. The "Yough" [yawk] provides some of the best whitewater boating in the Eastern U. S. as well as spectacular scenery.
Surrounding Ohiopyle Falls is the Falls Day Use Area, the central point for the casual visitor. This area provides parking, modern restrooms, gift shop/snack bar, and overlook platforms with magnificent scenery.
Other points of interest include Cucumber Falls and the Cucumber Run Ravine, which is seasonally blanketed with wildflowers and flowering rhododendron. Baughman Rock, Tharp Knob and the Kentuck Scenic overlooks provide spectacular views of the river gorge. Ferncliff Peninsula, formed by a great horseshoe bend in the river, provides a unique natural habitat for numerous botanical treasures, particularly southern wildflowers. Ferncliff Peninsula, a registered National Natural Landmark, contains four miles of easy hiking trails and several overlook areas.