It has it all.. primitive sites and cabins. Hiking, biking, rafting, kyaking and canoeing, fishing, etc.
Ohiopyle is located in a beautiful area of Pennsylvania we've camped there a couple of times and have been able to get last minute tent sites. Lots of outdoor activities nearby.
My boyfriend and I took our puppy golden retriever on his first camping trip here. We did 8 miles of hiking in one day and didn’t want to stop! The views were amazing. Lots of waterfalls and massive valleys. The other people we met on the trails were so friendly. The campsite itself was very well kept, spacious and safe. I love that they have dog-friendly areas.
We also loved that the cute downtown area was a short walk away.
This state park review is of the state park itself, not the related Kentuck campground. We have stayed at Kentuck, and I have written a separate review of the campground itself. I also wanted to post a review of the park, however, because we have visited many times and it’s one of our favs!
Ohiopyle is a well-known location to any outdoor enthusiast in the Pittsburgh area, in fact it’s probably the most popular destination within a few hours of the city. There are great hiking trails including the Laurel Highlands hiking trail (70+ miles) which is popular with backpackers, fantastic white-water rafting opportunities on ‘the Yough’, and the Great Allegheny Passage or ‘GAP’ biking trail (150+ miles from Pittsburgh to Cumberland, MD) runs right through town. In the winter, you’re near the best ski mountains in the Pittsburgh area, and many of the hiking trails become snowshoeing and cross-country skiing trails. No matter the season, there really is something for everyone if you like being outdoors. The town of Ohioyle itself is also a cute (though very small) area to spend some time, with a couple of nice outfitters, mostly focused on white water rafting and kayaking. Paddler’s Pizza and the nearby bakery + chocolate / candy shop make for great stops after a hike, bike or paddle, or if you just want to pick up some picnic stuff and head down to the waterfront in town for a relaxing lunch.
Something I didn’t know until the spring of this year (after heading down to this area for years) is how close it is to another gem: the Youghiogeny River Lake and dam area (about 15 minutes outside of town, up the road towards Baughman’s Rocks). This is a beautiful lake for boating or kayaking with great fishing. It’s a little weird to find, as you have to take a side road (there are signs pointing the way to the lake) and you actually end up driving on top of the dam itself (which is crazy! great view though) into the parking area on the other side where the boat launch and beach area is. The dam outflow area (which is in a separate location closer to the main road) is cold water release and offers some of the best trout fishing in the greater Pittsburgh area, along with the resulting start of the Youghiogeny River.
In general, this area is one of the most relaxing, outdoor-focused locations in the greater Pittsburgh area, with a ton of stuff to see and do!
Stayed here with 10 other people. We had room for ten tents, fire pit, tons of camp chairs. Right next to hiking trail. Flush toilets, running water, easy to find. Parking spot. Well maintained.
I absolutely love this place! i make sure to visit Ohiopyle state park every time I'm in or near PA! This place has so many miles of wonderful hiking trails through the lush green hillsides. There are so many little hidden water falls to gawk at, as well as a natural water slide located in the river ( can be a little violent during the spring when the water is high). The village near the state park is wonderful as well filled with nice friendly people, and multiple little shops and tasty cafes. This place is also awesome for rafting and kayaking, we have used multiple tour raft guide companies, and they were all very helpful, and patient with all of the first time rafters, and definitely put safety first! One of my favorite places in the entire state of PA!!
My visit to the park was great. The trails were clean and well maintained. There was great points of beauty to observe though out the hike. The water was incredibly refreshing and just a bonus to the visit.
From white water kayaking and guided rafting trips, natural waterslides, to hiking and biking trails - this park has it all! This beautiful park has something to offer for everyone. The campground is nice with several camping options such as tent, camper, yurt and cabin rentals. They also have hot showers, electric options, and pet friendly areas. They have several seasonal events and festivals that are fun for the whole family. Must respect quiet hours here, rangers patrol frequently. For those who want to have a good time and be noisy and share some adult beverages Scarlett Knob campground May be a better option.
Youghiogheny in Ohiophyle…say that 10 times fast. Amazing swimming with a rock water slide!! Trust me, let your kids do it, they will love it forever. Pretty good hiking trails, all through great green countryside, some along the river. The campground is set far back from the river but there are plenty of places to catch a view since it’s up on a ridge. It’s wooded and lots of people packed in but it’s pretty clean and the natural beauty is worth a busy camp site.
I've rented cabins up here, biked, hiked, and swam! So exciting and such friendly people and great food everytime!