Ohiopyle State Park

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124 Main St Ohiopyle, PA 15470

Nestled in the heart of the Laurel Highlands, only a 15 minute drive from Benner’s, Ohiopyle State Park is a true haven for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike. Spanning over 20,000 acres of pristine wilderness, this natural gem offers a breathtaking landscape of cascading waterfalls, lush forests, and the awe-inspiring Youghiogheny River Gorge. Hiking trails meander through the park, leading you to some of its most iconic features, such as Cucumber Falls and the iconic Ferncliff Peninsula Overlook. The Youghiogheny River invites thrill-seekers to ride its challenging rapids or peacefully float along its serene stretches. Whether you're an avid hiker, a paddler, or simply seeking a tranquil escape into nature, Ohiopyle State Park promises unforgettable moments amidst some of Pennsylvania's most captivating scenery.

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How far is Ohiopyle State Park from Benner’s Meadow Run Campground?

Ohiopyle State Park’s Visitor Center is only a 10-minute drive from our campground. Guests can drive 5 miles along scenic PA Route 381 to reach the visitor parking area before beginning their adventure-packed day!

What are the parking options available at Ohiopyle State Park?

Ohiopyle State Park offers several parking areas. The main parking lot near the Visitor Center is conveniently located and provides quick access to the stunning Ohiopyle Falls. Additional street and lot parking is available near trailheads and picnic areas throughout the park. Parking can fill up early during peak season and weekends, so it’s advisable to arrive early or to visit during off-peak hours.

What can I find at the Ohiopyle State Park Visitor Center?

The Visitor Center at Ohiopyle State Park is a hub of information and resources for visitors. It features:

  • Educational exhibits on the park’s history, geology, and wildlife
  • Park staff available to answer questions and to help with trip planning
  • A gift shop selling maps, books, and souvenirs
  • Restrooms
What are Ohiopyle’s hours and are there entry fees?

Ohiopyle State Park is open year-round from sunrise to sunset. The park does not charge an entry fee, so access to all outdoor areas, including trails and waterfalls is free. Some activities, such as whitewater rafting and guided tours, are offered by licensed outfitters and do come with fees.

What are the best family-friendly activities in Ohiopyle State Park?

Ohiopyle State Park offers a variety of family-friendly activities, including easy hiking trails like the Meadow Run Trail, biking along the Great Allegheny Passage, whitewater rafting on the Youghiogheny River, and picnicking at several scenic spots throughout the park.

Are there any educational programs available at Ohiopyle State Park?

Yes, Ohiopyle State Park provides educational programs throughout the year, ranging from guided nature walks and wildlife watching to interactive tours discussing the park’s history and ecosystem. These programs are great for all ages and are often free to attend.

Can I bring my pet to Ohiopyle State Park?

Pets are welcome in Ohiopyle State Park but they must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet at all times. Pets are allowed in the campgrounds, on trails, and in day-use areas, except for designated areas posted as "No Pets."

What safety measures should I take when visiting Ohiopyle State Park?

Visitors should be prepared for varying weather conditions and terrain by wearing appropriate footwear and bringing necessary gear. It's important to stay on clearly marked trails, supervise children closely (especially near water), and to be aware of wildlife. Always check local conditions, particularly if you’re planning to engage in water activities like boating or rafting.

Are there facilities for food and supplies within Ohiopyle State Park?

There are limited dining facilities or grocery stores surrounding Ohiopyle State Park, so visitors are encouraged to bring their own food and supplies. Ohiopyle offers several picnic areas equipped with tables and grills that provide the perfect backdrop for a packed lunch or cook out. Additionally, there are a number of great local restaurants within a few miles for those looking to avoid cooking entirely.