The Laurel Highlands are a dream come true for nature lovers. If you like to immerse yourself in nature and enjoy the fresh mountain air there’s truly no better place to visit than Ohiopyle State Park. This great area offers some of the best hiking in Pennsylvania—it’s perfect for beginners and experts alike! Read on to learn more about hiking in Ohiopyle and discover our favorite trails.
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What Are the Best Ohiopyle Hiking Trails?
If you want an easy Ohiopyle hiking experience, the Ferncliff trail is the perfect place to start. Hikers of all levels can walk along the river and through the lush forest! This 2-mile loop even features a waterfall and a handful of activities you can enjoy all year.
Meadow Run Trail
The Meadow Run Trail is another easy route you can take with friends and family. It’s a little longer than the Ferncliff Trail at 2.9 miles long. The Meadow Run Trail loops around gorgeous Ohiopyle waterfalls—some of the loveliest in the whole state! Make sure you control your breathing during the first quarter of the trail. It’s a pretty steep uphill trek!
Youghiogheny River Trail
If you want a longer hike, choose the Youghiogheny River Trail. This point-to-point trail is around 11 miles long and offers some steep elevation gains. The views are gorgeous as you walk along the river and under the shady trees. Don’t forget to bring your camera! You can also venture down to the water for a picnic break. Just be careful not to fall —it can be slippery!
Great Gorge Trail
For more experienced hikers, the Great Gorge Trail is a good option. At five miles long, it’s not quite as long as the Youghiogheny Trail, but its high elevation and out-and-back route make it a little harder on the legs. If you can make it to the end of the trail, you’ll be rewarded with gorgeous waterfall views, including the famous Cucumber Falls!
Of all the trails in the park, Baughman Trail has to be one of the best. This 4.8-mile loop takes you along the river and gives you the chance to explore the forest. Soak in the beauty of nature during your ascent and top it off with a jaw-dropping view of the Youghiogheny River Gorge from Baughman Rock at the top!
If you want a short yet advanced hiking experience, the Kentuck Trail is perfect. This 2.5-mile series of trails begins at the Tharp Knob Picnic area, which takes you on a 1-mile loop to the Tharp Knob Overlook. The trail then continues to the Kentuck Campground Station and descends towards Jonathan Run Trail.
Another advanced trail in Ohiopyle State Park is the Beech Trail. This 2.7-mile hike begins at the Kentuck Campground Amphitheater and connects to the Beech and Sproul Trails. Wander through the trees all the way to the Great Gorge Trail and back!
Sugarloaf Trail System
If you’re looking for a longer hike, the Sugarloaf Trail System is ideal. It spreads across 10.4 miles and combines hiking, biking, and even snowmobiling (during the winter)! Start your journey by the train station/visitor center and look for the trailhead at the back of the Youghiogheny parking area. Note that this trail includes a 800-foot climb.
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Give Your Legs a Break at Oak Lodge
There’s nothing like completing a day of hiking! After all that walking, you’re going to need to find a place where you can rest and unwind. Luckily, Oak Lodge is ideal for that! Our gorgeous 800-acre property is the relaxing retreat you’ve been looking for all this time. Unwind and let the rolling hills of Pennsylvania cast a spell on you!
Take a look at our selection of accommodations and pick your favorite. We offer a variety of rooms and cabins, as well as a farmhouse for family reunions and group getaways. If you’re a nature lover, we highly recommend our cabins! You can treat yourself to the ultimate mountain escape and reconnect with nature (while still enjoying the best of modern comfort). Take a hot shower, snuggle by the fireplace with a glass of wine, and fall asleep to the soothing sounds of nature. When you wake up in the morning, join us in the Jimberg Village for our breakfast! Our fluffy pancakes all come with a side of our own maple syrup; it’s made right here on the property!