Hiking Trails: 79.4 miles of trails
Always bring a map, water and wear sturdy shoes when hiking. Specific trail maps are available at the park office and the Train Station/Visitor Center.
Baughman Trail: 3.4 miles difficult - 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.
Beech Trails: 2.7 miles total moderately difficult - The Beech Loop begins at the Kentuck Campround Amphitheater and connects to the Beach 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.
Great Gorge Trail: 2.6 miles moderate - This trail begins at the Cucumber Picnic Area and crosses several bridges and roads. The trail follows Cucumber Run and passed an area known for its spring wildflowers. The next trail section folows an old tramway used to transport coal to the railroad. A spur of this trail leads up a steep incline to the Kentuck Campground.
Jonathan Run Trail: 1.7-mile easy - The trailhead is along the Holland Hill Road. The trail criss-crosses Jonathan Run and passes by small waterfalls, including Jonathan Run Falls. The trail connects to the Youghiogheny River Trail.
Ferncliff Peninsula Trails
Ferncliff Trail: 1.7-mile easy - All other Ferncliff Peninsula trails branch off of this loop trail which circles the peninsula. The trailhead is near the Ferncliff Parking Lot adjacent to the Ohiopyle Hostel.
Buffalo Nut Trail: 0.1-mile easy - This short trail is the first branch off of Ferncliff Trail and is a shortcut to Oakwoods Trail.
Fernwood Trail: 0.5-mile easy - This trail features beautiful ferns and the remnants of the old Ferncliff Hotel.
Oakwoods Trail: 0.5-mile easy - This trail passes through a mature hardwood forest.
Kentuck Trail: 2.5 miles moderately difficult - This series of trails begins at the Tharpe Knob Picnic Area. A short one-mile loop 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. The trail then leads to the Youghiogheny River Trail, and finally splits off and climbs the gorge to meet the Old Mitchell Trail.
McCune Trail: 1.2-mile easy - This trail passes through various habitats and by an old spring house and farm pond which are all that remain from the McCune Farm.
Meadow Run Trail: 3 miles easy - 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.
Old Mitchell Trail Loop: 1.8-mile moderate - 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 birdwatching in the spring.
Sproul Trails: 3.7 miles easy - These five interconnecting loops are just north of the Kentuck Campground, near the second overflow parking area outside of the campground.
Sugarloaf Trail: 3.8 miles difficult - This hiking/bik-ing/snowmobiling trail begins near the Train Station/Visitor's Center. The trailhead is at the back of the Middle Youghiogheny Take-out Parking Area, to the right of the Youghiogheny River Trail. The trail climbs 800 feet in elevation in two steep areas. The trail connects to the main mountain bike area near Surgarloaf Knob.
Sugar Run Trail: 1.6-mile moderate - This trail connects Old Mitchell Trail to Jonathan Run Trail.
Youghiogheny River Trail: 27 miles easy - For a detailed description, see the Biking section.
Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail: This 70-mile, very difficult, year-round backpacking trail has its southern end in Ohiopyle and it's northern end near Johnstown. The trail traverses state parks, state forests, state game lands, other public lands and private lands. An overnight shelter area is located every 8-10 miles along the trail and has five adirondack-type shelters with fireplaces, non-flush toilets, a water supply and spaces for 30 tents.
The Ohiopyle section of the trail is 6.3 miles of very strenuous and rocky hiking. There are beautiful overlooks and creeks along the way. Reservations for backpack camping are required and must be made by contacting:
Laurel Ridge State Park
1117 Jim Mountain Road
Rockwood, PA 15557