Ohiopyle State Park, PA

The Tribune-Review Local last month had a very interesting article on Ohiopyle’s history and future. We have long loved the natural resources and beauty offered within Ohiopyle State Park. One of our first dates was hiking to Cucumber Falls.

The Park offers a little over 19,000 acres with the main attraction being the Youghiogheny River Gorge. White water enthusiasts from all over the world have taken the challenge of the 14 miles of class I through IV rapids that this river offers. Kayakers, rafters, fishermen, water lovers there is a section of the river just waiting for your visit!

Speaking of visits this park draws 1.5 MILLION visitors every year. According to the Trib article there are ONLY “76 YEAR ROUND REISDENTS” that call Ohiopyle home. If you’ve been following our Blog posts you’ll recall that the Laurel Highlands area is one of seven areas that have been targeted by the state to ensure the natural environment is protected while substantially growing the tourism industry.

Water isn’t the only draw that brings visitors here! There are 79 miles of hiking trails, 13.2 miles of biking trails including being a part of the Great Allegheny Passage and 9.4 miles of horseback riding trails. Let’s not forget that this is a four season recreation facility with hunting, cross-country skiing, sledding, snowmobiling, camping, and wildlife watching.

Infrastructure however,  is in dire need of repair. With the boroughs budget running between 30-35 thousand a year the “to-do list” just keeps growing. Water, sewage, road maintenance are just a few of the projects. Enter DCNR with the targeted tourism growth plan. Fix ups are in the works but will take time. Be forewarned that if you’re coming up on a weekend you may not find parking!


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