Great Gorge Trail

MODERATE 20 reviews
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Great Gorge Trail is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
944 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

forest

river

waterfall

wild flowers

muddy

4 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:)

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5 months ago

cucumber falls is amazing and so is the area!

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5 months ago

Great hike. Probably the best waterfall in Pennsylvania. My neice and nephew(7 and 11) made this trek easily. It was great for the adults and children, lots to see.

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9 months ago

Not a hard trail, but not the most exciting.

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Love this trail

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Sunday, July 05, 2015

Tried to hiked this trail last week but the one bridge was washed off at the original trail head at the cucumber picnic area. I updated the trail map on here and moved the trail head to cucumber falls. That the best parking and entrance I found. the trail markers are few and far between. Look for the dark green blaze on the trees. You can park at the cucumber falls parking area then walk down until you see a metal grate bridge and go left over the bridge and then right onto the trail. The trail was very muddy today but thats because we have been getting hammered with rain the last month. Near the halfway point on the out part of the trail you will see a split. A high road and a low road. The low road takes you to the youth river trail AKA great allegheny passage. The higher pad takes you directly to the great gorge trail. If you follow it all the way to the end it connects to the Kentuck trail. if you do the out and back you will just turn around and come back the same way you came. You will cross over several small streams. You will end back at the cucumber fall parking area. Do yourself a big favor and walk down to the cucumber falls.

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Sunday, July 05, 2015

Trail was in better condition than Old Mitchell, however we'd received a few inches of rain the day before and it was muddy. The Casades Falls were worth the dirt. I'd definitely go again.