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Meadow Run Trail is a 2.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and running and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.9 miles Elevation Gain: 426 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

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forest

river

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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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blowdown
muddy
3 hours ago

This trail is cool because if you’re looking for a spot to chill on flat rocks and possibly swim this is it. The trail head is marked and you quickly start descending down a kinda steep hill. My knees were sore during and after. This trail is also more muddy than it is dry so beware of that. I also think that the first part of the trail is very easily marked but the last 1/2 mile or so has no markings and we thought we were on a different trail. I wouldn’t hike this trail again but I would certainly use this spot for swimming.

hiking
blowdown
muddy
1 day ago

Fun for kids.

hiking
9 days ago

Great trail ~ beautiful views of the water ~ lots of spots for lunch and swimming ~ muddy but not bad~ some steep climbs ~ would considerate a moderate hike

hiking
blowdown
muddy
16 days ago

Trail was muddy and had a couple trees down. Nothing to bad . All in all was a nice little hike

hiking
blowdown
muddy
18 days ago

Overall a great trail! 3 or 4 tree blowdowns but nothing major. And trail is easy to follow, just keep following the yellow blazes. Didn't see a single person out today so that was nice. Definitely gonna get out on that trail again soon!

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bugs
muddy
21 days ago

Beautiful trail and it wasn’t really crowded. In some places trees had fallen down but were very easy to navigate around.

Such a good trail!!! surprising that this is my first time on it!! picked up some trash, as usual when people don't respect their surroundings! Nice climbing area and lots of swimming holes!

hiking
24 days ago

Beautiful trail! great spots to view and stop by the river. Agree with some other reviewers though:probably more of a moderate trail rather than easy. That being said, our younger kids (under 10) made it through. just don't expect level, easy walk. There are some rugged spots. Overall, fantastic trail for a day out in nature.

hiking
1 month ago

Phone was gonna die - will post full hike here

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Very scenic trail but not well marked.

hiking
muddy
rocky
4 months ago

I accidentally went down the wrong way for the loop. First time coming here was really nice! Countless places to sit on rocks and watch the water, was even more tranquil because there’s a light snow on the ground. Got a little confusing towards the end but still was able to find my way back

hiking
5 months ago

nice trail to hike! pretty clear to follow and there was some decent uphills. ties nice into great george trail

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful creek and rocks...nice little jaunt!

hiking
6 months ago

Beast trail to date! The water is incredible and the scenery beautiful. I would consider the trail to definitely be Moderate rather than Easy though.

hiking
7 months ago

the trail we took was only 1.5 miles. marked by yellow on the trail. pretty easy but very rocky at the start of the hike. the waterfalls were enjoyable to see and hear

hiking
rocky
7 months ago

Nice trail. Second half follows Meadow Run. Lots of places to access and explore the water and rocks of Meadow Run. Last section has natural water slide if you dare! Definitely need to watch you step. Lots of rocks and roots on most of the trail.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice hike Cascades and flat rocks fun Watched climbers for awhile Not well marked and maybe closer to moderate Maybe I’m not sure of how ratings work but quite a bit was rocky, downhill,etc Highly recommended for a good hike tho

very pretty, lost have of the trail tho, not well marked.

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike. Scenic along river

hiking
9 months ago

hvery dog friendly, plenty of places along side of trail to stop and look at waterfalls and river.

hiking
muddy
over grown
washed out
10 months ago

River must have hit record levels as when I hit the first waterfall crossing I completely lost the trail. Trees and debris were washed in from the river making it hard to navigate. The yellow markers noting the trail blend in a couple places as well. Had to turn around after a mile or so.

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