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Located at the southern reaches of the Laurel Ridge, Ohiopyle State Park encompasses approximately 20,500 acres of rugged natural beauty and serves as the gateway to the Laurel Highlands. Close to major metropolitan areas and offering vast choices of activities, Ohiopyle State Park attracts millions of visitors annually. Passing through the heart of the park, the rushing waters of the Youghiogheny [yaw-ki-gay-nee] River Gorge are the centerpiece for Ohiopyle. The Yough [yawk] provides some of the best whitewater boating in the eastern United States, as well as spectacular scenery. Ohiopyle is the southern gateway into the Laurel Highlands and it represents the beautiful natural resources and unique sense of community that visitors can find throughout the region. Ohiopyle State Park is part of the protection and advocacy for this region by participating in the Laurel Highlands Conservation Landscape Initiative (CLI). This group is a partnership with landowners, community members, non-profit organizations and other stakeholders to protect the natural resources and bring community revitalization.

5 days ago

Started at Kentuck trail which led to Great Gorge Trail. Loved the streams that followed and the open views. When we came to the opening on flat land after walking down hill, it put us at Allegheny Passage Trail. We crossed the trail over to the gorge loop so we could go down by the river and sit on the rocks. There were also little mini waterfalls along the route. At the end of the loop we were met with Allegheny Passage trail with the bridge off to are left and we crossed the path to to get back on the Gorge Trail(note: the path travels to Pittsburgh one way and the other way which takes you on a bridge over the river takes you towards OhioPyle's town where there are shops, restaurants, rentals, restrooms, etc). Once on Gorge Trail, we hiked parallel to the river and then were met with Cucumber Falls. We took the stairs down past the falls and continued along the trail which eventually led us to an open field with a cabin where we walked up a small incline towards the road and then turned left to go towards OhioPyle's town for a food break.
Tips:If you are prone to getting bit by mosquitoes, were bug spray or what I recommend are either Natrapel bug wipes and Avon skin so soft bug wipes. Especially Avon skin so soft bug wipes. They even make ultra plus. I've used this brand locally and on trips out of the country such as to Africa and never get bit while wearing them. Typically if I don't wear anything, I even get bit just sitting on my porch approximately four or five times. The smell dissipates and it's not very strong to begin with.
Because this trail is close to the river in some parts, there's an increase of bugs compared to some other trails.
Second tip: Yes, wear hiking shoes/boots. I wouldn't have worn anything else for this trail. In some places you might hike through mush, be brushed up against plants, or be stepping over downed trees along the path.
Third tip: Being in shape will help you with this trip. At least being a regular walker with balance. I don't recommend the whole trail for young children.
Overall, I'd hike it again especially for the scenery:)

I made it to mile marker 5 before heading back. This trail literally took everything I had to finish.

hiking
25 days ago

hiking
25 days ago

Pulling into the Parking Lot, you'd note that snowmobiling is highlighted, and probably occurs in addition to some pretty good sledding down a main face with a slope of probably a bit more than 150' given that my trek was about a 200' elevation change, on both sides of the street, where I was parked. There is also a nice "warm up," shed for folks in the winter if cross country, sledding, or snowmobiling is your thing.

At first I had trouble getting my bearings as much of the original roadside trail does not appear to have been kept up. I'm guessing the old road side trail proceeded under the power lines, but that's clearly overgrown.

So, I began with the Canyon's Edge Trail (I think I've been calling it Cliff's Edge) just across the street. Perhaps less than a mile loop, I found it to be a delightful trail, but watch out for old growth. I literally saw a huge (green) branch falling about 100 yards from my location. I believe this area must be gorgeous in the fall, especially as the Canyon's Youghiogheny River, comes into view, directly across from where the gorgeous Laurel Highlands South Trail overlook also views it.

I found the biggest surprise of Sugarloaf trail was trying to find it. I just climbed the hill where I was rather certain (given a rope lining trees on the right) sledding folks must bask in the winter. When you reach the top of the wide, and well-cared for grassy hill levels out, look for the signs at the right for cross-country skiing. From what I could tell, a person could follow this ski trail in several directions. I wasn't into a long walk today so I sort of scouted out the trail.

On returning back down towards Ohiopyle, there is another lovely overlook on the right, which adjoins Baughman Trail. I felt it was well worth the stop -- I love good views, and that was gorgeous.

a little steep, be careful on way down, but overall a good path!