Meadow Run Trail

MODERATE 14 reviews
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Meadow Run Trail is a 2.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Ohiopyle, PA that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from July until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.9 miles 540 feet Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

river

views

waterfall

muddy

rocky

The hike has views of two waterfalls, the Youghiogheny River, and the gorge cut by Meadown Run as it flows into the Youghiogheny. There are also natural waterslides along the trail. The Meadow Run Trail begins on the hillside above Meadow Run, which flows into the Youghiogheny River. Take the southernmost of the three branches of the trail that are visible at the trailhead. (The middle branch cuts off about a mile of the trail, and the northernmost branch is a shortcut to the natural waterslides.) The first quarter mile of the trail is a steep uphill hike through forest. After reaching the crest of the hill, the trail winds downhill to a large rock outcrop before taking a northerly course along Meadow Run. The outcrop is fun to explore because the softer rock near the bottom has been eroded, leaving an overhang and a cave-like depression in the rock. The trail follows Meadow Run until it reaches the Youghiogheny River. Along the way the trail passes the Cascades, a small but lovely waterfall that can be climbed in places, and Flat Rock, a sandstone outcrop protruding into Meadow Run. From Flat Rock, there is an impressive view of the gorge that has been carved out by the creek. Right before the confluence with the Youghiogheny, there are two natural waterslides that have been cut out of the bedrock by Meadow Run. In spring and summer the waterslides are a very popular attraction, so expect crowds here, especially on weekends. After the waterslides the trail crosses PA 381 and follows the course of the Youghiogheny. The trail is rocky here and can be muddy in places, but there are nice views of the river. The trail ends at Cucumber Falls, a beautiful thirty-foot waterfall. Cucumber falls is another great place to stop and explore. With a little scramble climbing, you can get right behind the falls.

20 days ago

hiking
6 months ago

It has beautiful views the entire way. If you do the entire the trail, and follow the trail blazers, it's about 6 miles to loop back to your car. So just don't expect a 3 mile easy hike if you want to get all the way back.

6 months ago

cascade falls trail

Took 2 dogs and 4 kids down this trail....while the trail was wet from rain not very muddy. great walk and the end view was so worth it

7 months ago

Nice hike. A bit muddy after a week of rain, but it was beautiful.

trail running
8 months ago

A nice and easy path but if you decide to hike via the rock way, you'll get a nice exercise. Overall a pleasant, easy run.

hiking
1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

A nice little hike, I was expecting a moderate hike but it seemed more like a easy one. If I go again, I will wait till a little more rainfall so the cascades were flowing better.

1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

Did this trail on 7-12-15 at approx 0830. The trail itself was pretty muddy but thats due to all the rain we have been getting lately. The path i took was i parked at the trailhead near the large parking lot by the park office. Plenty of parking and it allows you to go to the natural water slides or hike to the climbing wall, flat rock and the cascades. Flat rock was impressive. The cascades were amazing with all the water flowing fast. The rock wall was impressive to see in this area. The hike was cut a little short when i took the path down to the natural water slides. The trail blazes disappeared and the trail was washed out. I was 100% lost on what way to go to i went as far as i could then back tracked. all in all an awesome trail

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hiking
1 year ago

Nice, shaded hike along the river.

We actually took the cut over and only did the second half of this trail to cucumber falls. To do this, walking out of town towards the trailhead, you'll come to a service road dipping down to the right. Take it to the fenced in area and the trail is off to the right. Wear shoes for getting wet-- you'll need to cross water a few times.

1 year ago

I'm my opinion ohiopylea premier trail. Hugs meadow run. Waterfall. Natural canyon

3 years ago

Beautiful. Runs near Natural Water Slides so bring a bathing suit!

hiking
3 years ago

hiking
4 years ago

We love this hike. Started in the early afternoon and hike a loop past Flat Rock, to the Cascades and back. Had a picnic on the rocks at the cascades in the middle of the stream. Water was low so Cascades were not as impressive as they are in the spring. Always a nice hike and a good time.