Meadow Run Trail

MODERATE 34 reviews
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Meadow Run Trail is a 2.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is best used from July until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
538 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

trail running

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.

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14 days ago

Really wish the trails were marked a little more clearly at Ohiopyle. The entrance to the trail is clearly marked, but then you just kind of guess which way to go. I definitely took a wrong turn at some point, but it's still a beautiful area. I'd say this is more of an easy trail than "moderate" as it's labeled. The views of the water were excellent!

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Jersey folks loved the mud and the rushing water

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1st ohio pyle hike. very nice!! muddy you bet and water,water,water! can't get enough of that sound.ahh .I saw God today..peace ya all

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Monday, May 30, 2016

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.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

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