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Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail: Ohiopyle to Bidwell

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Ohiopyle State Park

Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail: Ohiopyle to Bidwell is a 11.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, bird watching, and backpacking and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 11.2 mi Elevation gain 2,749 ft Route type Out & Back

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This trail is on the other side of the Yough River Trail. Trailhead is right next to the Pub. Great scenery, good challenge.

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Amy Hudson
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We did 9 miles of the trai

Samuel Kerns
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Hannah Irvine
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HikingBugs

Completed this section of the trail in the afternoon, a little easier to hike towards Ohiopyle than away, the hills get pretty rough. Exquisite scenery, nice people along the trail, well kept. Water sources were spaced out, but available even in this heat.

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Dennis Bleier
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Very well marked. Hiked in to the shelter, slept then hiked out the next day. The elevation was surprising! According to my Garmin watch, the gain on the way in was about 1800ft and on the way out was about 1300ft. Great trip, would do again!

Bill Taafe
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Hiking

Nice challenge going up. Went in a few miles to the top and back to explore around the water. Very scenic and relaxing.

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Jess Lewis
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Hiking

To find the start, we walked behind a rafting company onto a gravel road. Keep going and there’s a sign marked hiking trail on the left. It is a STEEP start, but once you get up there it is mostly a wide, flatter trail for about 2-3 miles. We didn’t go further but some said it narrows out. I imagine this first steep part would be tough for a dog. For the 5ish mike round trip, I would say you can go Chacos or Boots. No views of the water from up there tho! It was nice and quiet, not heavily tracked on a Saturday! Overall nice quiet trail, but not very scenic!

Patricia S.
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Hiking

LOTS OF ROCKS make sure to wear the appropriate shoes/boots. Very good challenge! Nice views.

Julia Hagle
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Hiking

Great trail. Really good challenge. Good views and light bouldering. Nice creek crossings. Highly recommended especially if you're looking for a challenge

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John Tambellini
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Hiking

Loved it.

Alex Fidler
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Enjoyed hiking this trail with our pup today. The trail was definitely wet and muddy, so be prepared for that. Really great overlook views after a few miles.

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Sam Romano
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Gabriella S.
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Jessica Armstrong
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What an amazing view!! If you go 2 1/2 miles past Falls City Pub, you’ll see the parks greatest view. The trail will start off pretty flat and partially downhill, but not to worry- there is a reason this trail is rated hard. About a mile and a half in, the hike gets steep and you get a great workout!

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Andy Mohapatra
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Rupert Croft
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Damon Lee
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Hiking

2/22/20...beautiful day for a hike..decided to do 8 miles and back starting at the beginning of laurel highlands trail..well..it kicked our ass! def a challenge..up hills going in on first eight miles then up hills goin back..def worth it to do! didn’t have plans to stay in a shelter 6 miles in and couldn’t do the full eleven and double back bc of daylight so this was next best thing..some people out enjoying it as well. easy to follow, at times lil rocky..def be icy in spots if there’s snow

Jess Cullum
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HikingRocky

Great trail. A lot of strenuous uphill climbs, but worth it!

Justine E
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Drew West
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Jason Pisano
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Hiking

Great hike, it’s pretty much up hill the whole way to the look out (3 miles in). But worth the climb!

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