Best Hiking Trails in Ohiopyle State Park
With a massive 789 miles of scenic hiking trails, people of all ages visiting Ohiopyle State Park can explore all corners of the reserve on foot. With trails of varying difficulty, hikers will have the opportunity to trek through a variety of habitats, climb Tharp Knob Overlook, meander through the Great Gorge and cross the rivers to a number of waterfalls.
1. Jonathan Run Trail
This 1.7-mile trail is rated as easy and crosses Jonathan Run multiple times. Small waterfalls are dotted throughout this route allowing you to cool off on hot days.
2. Meadow Run Trail
Another trail rated as easy, this 3-mile route guides hikers to the Cascades as you journey through the forest from Ohiopyle State Park cabins.
3. Old Mitchell Trail Loop
Meandering through forests and meadows, this 2.9-mile trail is the ideal route for birders and many species can be spotted in spring. This trail is rated as moderate for difficulty.
4. Baughman Trail
A 3.4-mile route rated as hard for difficulty, this steep and rocky trail leads to spectacular views of the Youghiogheny River Gorge after passing Baughman Rock.
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Best Family Activities in Ohiopyle State Park
Ohiopyle State Park cabins provide vacationers with access to a range of family-friendly activities suitable for all age groups. You can scale cliff faces to the summit, jump on a horse and explore the park, or enjoy a spot of fishing on the river. Whatever your interests there are sure to be facilities in the park to keep everyone entertained.
1. Rock Climbing
Ohiopyle State Park hotels provide an excellent base from which to plan a rock climbing excursion. Both the Meadow Run Climbing Area and Bruner Run Climbing Area provide an excellent day on the rock face, with guided trips available for inexperienced climbers.
2. Horseback Riding
Featuring 11.6 miles of multi-purpose trails, horseback riders are well taken care of. A dedicated horse trailer park is located on Grover Road.
Wilderness trout fishing is very popular in Ohiopyle State Park, with the Youghiogheny River and Meadow Run both providing anglers will excellent spots to cast off.
4. Winter Sports
During the colder months, when the snow falls, vacationers can take part in a variety of winter sports. Cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and sledding are all popular and offer a great way to explore the magic of the snow-covered park.