Ohiopyle State Park
Ohiopyle State Park encompasses approximately 20,500 acres of rugged natural beauty and serves as the gateway to the Laurel Highlands. The Youghiogheny River provides some of the best whitewater boating in the eastern United States, as well as spectacular scenery.
Ohiopyle State Park offers an abundance of activities, the most popular being whitewater rafting and rock climbing. Guided whitewater rafing trips are available from independent companies. Natural rock formations in the creek bed attract visitors to enjoy natural water slides. Picnic areas have grills and restrooms, and the Youghiogheny River has very good trout fishing.
The park has multiple camping opportunities offering camping cottages, yurts, and organized group tenting. Hiking trails ranging from levels of easy to difficult afford great scenics views of waterfalls. Visitors can spot a number of species of birds and other wildlife including deer, bobcats, and river otters. At the Ferncliff Peninsula, rare plants and fossils can be explored.