The Ohiopyle State Park in Southwestern Pennsylvania is a must see for its beauty, activities, and variety of terrain.
The featured attraction is fourteen miles of the Youghiogheny, a picturesque, rugged river that carves its way through the Laurel Highland valley. With three major metropolitan populations within a day’s drive, the Ohiopyle State Park sees millions of visitors annually looking for an escape into the wilderness.
It sits on over 20,000 acres of rugged landscape that provides visitors with a variety ecosystems, giving them plenty to escape to. There is an abundance of forest area to enjoy, exciting overlooks, mountain trails, vertical rock walls, majestic waterfalls, and of course the beauty of the Youghiogheny river.
Enjoying the scenery and fresh air is nice, but that same natural beauty offers a ton of opportunities for activities. There is plenty of camping near trails and the forest, so there is always lots of relaxed hiking and biking available.
But there is also a zip line adventure park, rock climbing with rope for beginners and experienced climbers, natural waterslides, and the most challenging and sought after activity at Ohiopyle, whitewater rafting.
You can drop into the Youghiogheny for either a gentle version of whitewater rafting in the Middle Yough, or go for it by challenging yourself to class three and four white water rapids on the Lower Yough. Both will give you a day on the river you’ll not soon forget.
Pennsylvanians have been enjoying the natural landscape of the Laurel Highlands for many years, brought on by some early development.
A National Road was built near the park in 1811 to accommodate settlers and farmers in the area. Railroads introduced soon after were instrumental in growing the lumber industry. Those same railroads brought city dwellers out to the area to explore the natural beauty of the landscape.
Tourist came out in droves from Pittsburgh by rail to see the waterfalls, mountains, and the Youghiogheny. Resorts sprouted up all over. These resorts were massive with bowling alleys, tennis courts, boardwalks, and dancing pavilions.
The automobile put an end to these resorts and most were torn down. But in returned it brought back more of the area’s original ecology, and the Ohiopyle State Park was born.
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