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Ferncliff Trail

EASY 103 reviews
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Ferncliff Trail is a 2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.0 miles
183 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly




trail running


bird watching



wild flowers



recorded Ferncliff Trail

14 days ago

3 months ago

Fantastic, easy hike with excellent views of Ohiopyle Falls. Easily accessible and well maintained trails.

4 months ago

Great views, great trail if you go in the warmer months you will see lots of snakes.

6 months ago

was a very relaxing hike. Took 15 Cub Scouts, ages 5 to 10, on this trail and they all made the 2 miles and enjoyed a nice hot lunch afterwards! Great trail for a day hike to get out into nature, great for a young family!

7 months ago

great trail but during heavy rains it can be soggy in some parts. signage is mostly great.

8 months ago

It was an easy trail, some spots were rocky but lots of beautiful views.

9 months ago

If you hate snakes, be prepared. Not small snakes either. This hike is beautiful and super fun to explore and walk close to the water but there are a lot of water snakes on the rocks and trails. The vegetation reminds you of being somewhere tropical. Easy, relaxing hike. Great hike for all that enjoy hiking and exploring. You should wear hiking shoes, I saw multiple people wear sandals and there are many places to trip and fall. The trail isn’t flat by any means, and you need to watch where you step.

10 months ago

I took my 2 and 4 year old on this trail and it was the perfect training wheels trail. A couple muddy bits and a few hills but very well maintained. Also moderately trafficed.

10 months ago

The trail head is easy to get to. It's just directly over the Bridge from 'downtown' Ohiopyle . Fun trail climbing over rocks near the water. I started the trip clockwise (by mistake) and when the trail started heading into the forest, I wanted to stay by the water because it was just so nice that I just followed the trail back the way I came counterclockwise- took about an hour to do it that way and I just skipped being in the woods cuz they had some mosquitos. The highlight is really being by the water.

10 months ago

Great trail for a day hike. I would travel counterclockwise and there are a few areas where you can venture away from the trail towards the river for some great scenery of the rapids. If you are in the area go ahead and put this on your list!

11 months ago

Fun trail next to the water!! Great views! Super busy and saw multiple snakes which def not a fan of.

11 months ago

Great trail for the family.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Took it counterclockwise and the views were amazing. Well marked, great easy hike

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Fantastic trail. Took the advice of some other reviews to hike counterclockwise for the views- incredible!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Perfect warm up trail. Bit muddy when I hiked but the group I was with started at ferncliff, and it was a great trail to stretch the legs on and enjoy the forest scenery.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Nice, easy trail. Very little traffic until I got near the falls. This was my 1st hike at Ohiopyle, looking forward to alot more.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Nice view! Super easy to get to.

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Easy, fun hike. The sites are beautiful and you can hear the river even if you can't see it. It gives a great view of the river when you can see it.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The trailhead for this is right off of Main Street. After enjoying the temptations of greasy pizza we decided to walk off the indulgence. The trail takes you along the other side of the Youghiogheny River. This is a great trail because you get the views of the Ohiopyle Falls without all of the mouth breathers ruining the view. This is classified as an easy trail, and doesn’t take too much energy to complete. However, if you have trouble walking on uneven slippery terrain, then think twice before going on this trail. The trail is lined with bushes of rodadendrain and ferns with rocky terrain. The highlight of this trail was towards the end, there’s a large rock were you can relax to the sound of water rushing by you. Follow us at to learn more about Ohiopyle!

Friday, September 08, 2017

The trail is an easy hike, although there were several rather muddy areas and some slippery rocks. While you could hear the Youghiogheny River for most of the hike, and could see a great deal of it at the beginning (or end) of the loop - depending on which way you started - for most of the hike the views of the river are mostly blocked by trees. There are interpretive plaques along the way which have some information on the local wildlife and habitat management. It smelled wonderfully fresh as I walked and for as busy as the falls were on a Sunday afternoon in August, I only came across about 10 other hikers. The hike is almost all shaded, so for a hot day, that was a plus. The trail is in Ohiopyle State Park and there are LOTS of things to do in the area. This is a lovely, child- and dog-friendly hike, if you don't mind the woods and a little mud :).

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Great views of the falls

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Go counterclockwise for the best progression of scenery.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Buggy, but beautiful.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Gorgeous! Leave the path and find the water. This trail will not disappoint!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

I may be biased but it's because I love Ohiopyle in general... This is a great trail to circle the peninsula by the falls. You can hear the rush of the river rapids on one side and feel the cool forest breeze coming down off the hill on the other side. At several points you can go down to the river's edge and put your feet in as you watch panicked first-time rafters go screaming by~

Friday, May 27, 2016

This trail is great for kids! It is well maintained and has many side trails for the kids to lead the hike and choose which way to go and explore a little on their own. This is also a great trail for those starting out to hike, the incline and declines are light and the blazes are clearly marked.

Monday, November 09, 2015

This trail is very well maintained and enjoyable to walk. You have a great view of the river from various locations along the trail... The trail is not busy, but you will see other hikers on your walk. I missed the changing leaves this year but this would be a spectacular color display in the early fall! I also kayaked this 8 mile stretch of the river in the early spring. The waters were higher than normal but still "doable" if you have kayaking experience. There are a few white water Rapids that require maneuvering around boulders...I have quite a bit of kayaking experience and still somehow managed to dump my kayak twice on this trip down the river??:// Great place to visit!!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

I've been hiking this trail for years on every visit to Ohiopyle in every season. It has become a family tradition. Ferncliff is a peninsula created by a horseshoe turn in the river and the trail runs the perimeter of the peninsula providing river views and access otherwise only experienced by raft or kayak. Unless you are ready to board a white water craft you will never see more of the river gorge than by hiking this trail making it is a “must do.” It has everything, spectacular views of the Falls, river and gorge, riverside access, embedded fossils in the rocks you walk upon, rhododendron tunnels, old growth forests of oak, white pine, hemlock, and it is a loop. Although the trail is easy, sections along the river are very rocky, uneven and at times slippery, so wear appropriate footwear. River access is abundant and precipitous at points as are the rocks so keep a close eye on the kiddos and hold little hands. There are several steep steps down to optional overlooks but the views are well worth the climb. It begins at one end alongside the river tempting you to tarry, wade into the river or sun bath on one of the many large rocks. The trail then moves along to an incline and river overlooks, and eventually a forested area, where you can again wander off path down to other points on the river. The river drops over 100 feet as it courses around the peninsula so make sure you visit both low and high bridges, both near the beginning and the end of the trail.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

A very nice relaxing hike, we finished up down by the Youghiogheny river, a little off course, but well worth hiking the river bed.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Easy loop but interesting features with the sounds of the Yough river always in the distance. Lots of places to perch along the river and watch life go by!

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