Bicycling: 27 miles of trails
The 70-mile Youghiogheny River Trail has 27 miles of trail in the park and is part of the Great Allegheny Passage, a 152-mile trail under construction to connect Cumberland, MD to Pittsburgh, PA. The flat, crushed limestone trail was once the rail bed for the Western Maryland Railroad. This trail is suitable for all ages and accessible people with disabilities. Rental bicycles are available. The trail is excellent for hiking, jogging and cross-country skiing and can be used to combine a bike ride or hike with some excellent wilderness trout fishing or hunting. All motorized vehicles and equestrians are prohibited.
From the Ramcat Launch Area and Trailhead Parking Area in the east side of the park, the trail descends at a 1% downhill grade to the Train Station/Visitor's Center parking lot in the town of Ohiopyle. Bikers/hikers can enjoys this 10-mile trail section and watch canoers and rafters travel through the class I and II rapids.
From the Train Station/Visitor's Center parking lot in the town of Ohiopyle, the 17 miles of trail crosses the river twice and descends at a 3% grade to the western park border. The trail continues for 55 more miles to McKeesport. Visitors can also park in Ferncliff Peninsula Parking Area. Bikes are not permitted on the trails of the Ferncliff Peninsula. Along the trail are mile markers and posts with the initials of the famous rapids in the river. There is plentiful parking in the town of Connellsville in parking lots on Third Street and in the Youghiogheny Riverfront Park.
Mountain Biking: 13.2 miles of trails
The Sugarloaf Snowmobile and Mountain Bike Area has 9.4 miles of mountain bike/equestrian trails. Sugarloaf Trail stretches 3.8 miles from the edge of the Sugarloaf Snowmobile and Mountain Bike Area to the Middle Take-out Parking Area in the town of Ohiopyle.
Equestrian Trails: 9.4 miles of trails
A separate parking area is off of Grover Road and has a fenced paddock and nearby water. Mountain bikes also use the trails.
Fishing: The Youghiogheny River provides good wilderness trout fishing. In cooperation with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, fingerling trout are stocked throughout the entire section of river within the park. An all-tackle trophy trout program exists on a 3.5-mile section of the river from Ramcat downstream to the S.R. 381 Bridge in Ohiopyle.
Meadow Run also provides fine trout fishing for anglers who prefer smaller stream fishing. A delayed harvest artificial lures only section exists on a 1.7 mile section from Laurel Run downstream to the Rt. 381 bridge. See the PA Fish and Boat Commission's Summary of Fishing Regulations and Laws for more details on these special regulations areas.
For complete information on fishing rules and regulations in Pennsylvania, visit the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Web site.
Waterslides: Sit in the creek bed and ride the water through two natural waterslides in Meadow Run. Parking is available adjacent to the SR 381 bridge crossing Meadow Run. Follow the signs to Meadow Run Trail or follow the path at the back of the parking lot. An ADA accessible observation deck is easily reached from the parking area.
Picnicking: Two picnic areas provide picnic tables, grills, restrooms, charcoal disposal areas and reservable pavilions.
The secluded Cucumber Run Picnic Area is adjacent to Cucumber Run, a beautiful creek lined with rhododendron bushes and large trees. The scenic Great Gorge Trail begins in this picnic area.
Tharp Knob Picnic Area is adjacent to the Tharp Knob Overlook that provides a panoramic view of the Youghiogheny River Gorge and the town of Ohiopyle. The picnic area has a large ball field, volleyball court, playground, two pavilions and access to the Kentuck Trail and loop hiking trails.
Camping: modern sites, some with electricity
Kentuck Campground is open from the beginning of March to late December. There are 226 campsites, 27 of which are walk-ins that have more privacy but require a short hike from the vehicle to the campsite. All campsites have a picnic table, fire ring and parking space, and the campground has washhouses with hot water and flush toilets, four children's play areas, and a sanitary dumping station. A few campsites have electric hookups and more are planned for the future.
There are three platform tents. These pre-pitched tents have electric hookups, dining canopy, mattresses, picnic tables, and fire ring.
Advance reservations are required to insure campsite availability. Call 888-PA-PARKS for reservations up to noon of the day of arrival.
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Camping Cottages: These rustic wooden structures have electric lights and outlets, windows, a screened porch, heater and mini-refrigerator. A cottage sleeps five people in a single bunk and a single/double bunk.
Organized Group Tenting: Qualified adult and youth groups may use this area which is equipped with picnic tables, water and flush toilets. Groups may use a 20-person area or multiple sites for larger gatherings. The area is open from April 14 to December 14. Advance reservations are recommended.
Environmental Education and Interpretation: The park offers a wide variety of environmental education and interpretive programs. Through hands-on activities, guided walks and evening programs, participants gain appreciation, understanding and develop a sense of stewardship toward natural and cultural resources. Programs focus on the Youghiogheny River, its gorge, and the natural, cultural and recreational resources of the Ohiopyle area.
Curriculum-based environmental education programs are available to schools and youth groups. Teacher workshops are available. Group programs must be arranged in advance and may be scheduled by calling the Train Station/Visitor's Center at 724-329-0986. Programs are offered from March through November.
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Hunting and Firearms: Over 18,000 acres are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are deer, turkey, grouse, rabbit, squirrel and other small game. Loaded firearms are not permitted within 50' of the Youghiogheny River Trail.
Adjacent State Game Lands 51 and 111 provide additional hunting and recreational opportunities.
Hunting woodchucks, also known as groundhogs, is prohibited. Dog training is only permitted from the day following Labor Day to March 31 in designated hunting areas. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Penn-sylvania Game Commission rules and regulations apply. Contact the park office for accessible hunting information.
Use extreme caution with firearms at all times. The park is used by other visitors during hunting seasons. Firearms and archery equipment may be uncased and ready for use only in authorized hunting areas during hunting seasons. In areas not open to hunting or during non-hunting seasons, firearms and archery equipment must be kept in the owner's car, trailer or camp.
For complete information on hunting rules and regulations in Pennsylvania, visit the Pennsylvania Game Commission Web site.
Winter Activities: Ohiopyle State Park is exceptionally beautiful during the winter, and offers many winter activities. Be sure to dress appropriately for the weather and to follow all trail signs and markings to have a safe and enjoyable experience.
Snowmobiling: The 3.8 miles of Surgarloaf Trail and the 9.4 miles of trails in the Sugarloaf Snowmobile and Mountain Biking Area are available with proper snow cover. The Sugarloaf snowmobile area has a parking area with an unloading ramp for trailers.
Cross-country Skiing: There are 33.9 miles of trails. The Sproul Trails and a section of the Kentuck Trail were created for cross-country skiing. With deep snowfall, the Youghiogheny River Trail is good for cross-country skiing.
Sledding/Tobogganing: A hill is maintained for sledding in the Surgarloaf Snowmobile and Mountain Bike Area. The hill is adjacent to the parking area.