Known as the “Gateway to the Laurel Highlands,” Pennsylvania’s Ohiopyle State Park consists of approximately 20,500 acres of the state’s finest and most rugged natural beauty. A quick drive from Pittsburgh and Morgantown, WV, this park can get you back to nature conveniently. The million annual visitors the park gets act as proof of just how convenient this state park is.
Camping at Ohiopyle State Park offers campers 200 campsites at the Kentuck campground, with flush toilets, warm showers, picnic tables, fire rings, and some electric hook-ups. Yurts and cottages are available as well for those looking for a more comfortable stay in the great Allegheny passage.
When visiting this state park, campers and adventurers will both notice the mighty Youghiogheny [yawki-gay-nee] River flowing through the center of the park. Capitalizing on this, the park offers whitewater boating opportunities for all experience levels. For those looking to stay on dry land, however, hiking, biking, horseback riding, hunting and rock climbing are all available in the summer months. In the colder months, cross-country skiing and snowmobile riding are available across the park.
There is anything imaginable to do up here from biking/hiking to amazing geology and fossils to whitewater rafting/kayaking all the way to camping in all forms. We stayed at one of the walk-in campsites and it was the perfect mix of convienient yet secluded. Tons of wildlife and nature for any interest. Be sure to check out Cucumber Falls and the natural water slides! Some absolutely amazing geology there and stunning views!
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ohiopyle has so much to offer. The state park is very big and has fantastic facilities. We camped at some of the hike-in sites which were really level and nicely wooded, while still being within an easy walk to the bathrooms/showers. You have to check out the rail trail for biking, walking, or running and highly recommend the white water rafting trip if you can do it. Some good rock climbing in this area too.
We loved the falls, you could even go down them but looked a little rough lol. You could spend a week here just going through all the trails. Many different levels of trails as well! Loved it!
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!!