Everything You Need to Know About Laurel Highlands Rafting

If a Laurel Highlands rafting adventure is in your summer plans, you’ve come to the right place! We have the information you need for a perfect vacation. Whether you are organizing a family reunion or a romantic getaway with your significant other, rafting is a great way to stay active and spend a fun day in the sun. However, it requires a little bit of preparation! Read on to find out the top three things you need to know before coming to the Laurel Highlands.

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3 Things You Need to Know About Laurel Highlands Rafting


The Environment

Rafting is a popular summer activity in Pennsylvania. The state has plenty of parks and rivers where you can develop your skills! Raft your way down Class I and IV waters, or paddle down a calm stream as the sound of singing birds echoes in your ears. Ohiopyle State Park (40 minutes away from Oak Lodge) is a great place to enjoy the best of Laurel Highlands rafting. The Youghiogheny River is a fantastic spots for families and groups to launch from and spend a fun afternoon on the water from spring to early fall. The accessible section of the river is seven and a half miles long and is home to a range of rapids that beginners and experts alike can enjoy.


The Different Sports Available



Canoeing in the Laurel Highlands is extremely popular. With so many great places to paddle, it’s hard to stay out of the water! The Youghiogheny River offers options for every level, and you can enjoy a nice day out in a solo canoe or with a buddy. Feel free to end the day with a short hike through Laurel Hill State Park!



Paddleboarding is another iconic Laurel Highlands rafting sport. While it offers more mobility than canoeing and kayaking, paddleboarding requires focus and strength! Especially when it comes to standing up on the board. Don’t worry, it’s okay to fall in the beginning. This can be a fun opportunity to try something new with your family.


Tours and Rentals

Rafting solo down a river you don’t know can be dangerous. Most areas in Pennsylvania require you to be accompanied by a guide. They’ll provide the equipment, which is a plus when you want to travel light! White Water Adventurers offers fully-guided tours as well as self-guided excursions on the middle, lower, and upper Youghiogheny River. You can rent rafts, inflatables kayaks, and even bicycles if you feel like going for a ride after your adventure!


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Cabin view of the bed wood - Short Trips From PittsburghAfter an exciting day of Laurel Highlands rafting, come home to a cozy room at Oak Lodge! Our gorgeous accommodations are what you’ve been looking for for your next vacation. Reconnect with nature and find the peace and serenity that’s been missing from your everyday life!

For a unique lodging experience, take a look at our cabins! There’s nothing better than having a comfy nest in the woods to reset and unwind. Take a hot shower in your private bathroom, slip into your favorite pajamas, and nestle up by the fireplace with a cup of tea. After a good night’s sleep in the comfortable king bed, join us in the main inn where a freshly-made breakfast awaits. Don’t forget to try our maple syrup; we make it right here on the property!


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