The Laurel Highlands offer countless adventures within its borders. Picture yourself roaming through lush forests, exploring cool rivers, and admiring gorgeous hills in the distance! If you want to explore the natural wonders of our area, then a scenic hike on the Baughman Trail in Ohiopyle State Park is a must. This route provides some of the most breathtaking views around! Read on to learn more about the trail and start planning your visit today. Before you book your travel arrangements, make sure you download our free Vacation Guide. It has our top suggestions for local restaurants, museums, events, shops, and more!
Want to Hike the Baughman Trail in Ohiopyle State Park? Here’s What You Need to Know
Learn the Area
When planning a hiking trip, it’s important to get familiar with the area. Ohiopyle State Park is on the south end of the Laurel Ridge in the Appalachian ecoregion. It’s comprised of more than 20,500 acres of untouched nature and is considered to be a gem of Pennsylvania. The park is open every day of the year from sunrise to sunset.
There so many amazing Laurel Highlands hiking trails in Ohiopyle State Park! The park offers more than 27 miles of trails, and the Baughman Trail is one of the best. This 4.8-mile loop takes you along the river and deep through the forest. You can marvel at the trees during your ascent and enjoy a jaw-dropping view of the Youghiogheny River Gorge from Baughman Rock at the top.
Tip: This trail ideal for more experienced hikers, as it features some steep elevation and rocky terrain.
The park is cut in half by the Youghiogheny River Gorge, which provides excellent wildlife viewing and a place to cool off on hot summer days. As you hike through the park, you will encounter some beautiful waterfalls, including the famous Cucumber Falls! This 30-foot cascade is only 100 yards from the parking area. Don’t forget to explore the River Trail that takes you past the water slides at Meadow Run Creek and all the way to Cascade falls.
Pack the Right Equipment
Every decent hiker knows the number one rule: be prepared. The Baughman Trail in Ohiopyle is no exception. The most important thing you need to do before heading out into the woods is to pack the right items. Determine how long you will be gone for, and, most importantly, what the weather will be like. Here are some essential items you’ll want to consider for your day hike:
- A daypack (and trekking poles, if you need them)
- Weather-appropriate clothing with moisture-wicking fabric. Think long-sleeve shirts for sun and bug protection, a lightweight fleece, gloves, a warm hat, rainwear, etc.
- Hiking boots or shoes
- Food & water
- Compass and a map of the area
- First-aid kit
- Insect repellent
- Blister treatments
- … Anything else you see fit!
Discover Other Activities on the Trail
Hiking is not the only activity you can indulge in while exploring the Baughman Trail! As we mentioned before, this trail takes you along the Youghiogheny River, which is one of the top rafting spots in the state. There’s something for every level, including class I and IV waters, calm streams, and more shaky rapids. It’s particularly fun if you’re with your family and want to embark on an adventure altogether! White Water Adventurers offers guided tours and provides the equipment you need to make your rafting dreams come true.
Are you a climber? You’re in luck! Ohiopyle is one of the most sought-after climbing spots in the Laurel Highlands area. There are many boulders in the park and along the Baughman Trail, with routes ranging from 5.1 to 5.13 (V0 to V9). The spring/summer climbing season runs from April to September, and the fall/winter season is between October and March. Make sure you stop at the Visitor’s Center to grab a map of the area. It will show where the crags are located!
Note: All climbing areas in the park have light blue blazed access trails.
Stay in the Best B&B Near the Trail
After your adventures in Ohiopyle State Park, you will need a place to lay down and relax. Look no further than Oak Lodge! With a beautiful natural setting, comfortable accommodations, and plenty of privacy, our B&B has everything you need for your Pennsylvania retreat. Unwind from the stress of everyday life and adapt your personal pace to the chirping of birds!
Browse our accommodations yourself and see how cozy they are! Take a look at Cabin 14, for example. It’s perfect for those who wish to reconnect with their adventurous spirit. Enjoy the gas fireplace, king bed, kitchen, and luxurious bathroom with a freestanding shower and Jacuzzi tub. (Did we mention the heated tile floors?) We bet you can already picture yourself here! Wake up in the morning feeling as refreshed as ever and follow the sweet smell of coffee to the main lodge where a delicious homemade breakfast awaits you.