Meadow Run Trail

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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 good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, 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
426 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

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.

hiking
10 days ago

Muddy but fun. I have nothing bad to say about this trail but it does get a little challenging during parts.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful views of two waterfalls. Recommend to wear hiking boots / shoes with better traction than just sneakers. If you want to get close to the falls, footage gets sloppy (as expected).

hiking
7 months ago

Great views!!!easy walk for the most part!!!

hiking
7 months ago

We were immediately greeted with wildflowers pulling into the trailhead parking lot. The trail is rated moderate and is a 2.9 mile loop. My main interest in choosing this trail was seeing the natural slides. We must have taken a wrong turn because we ended at what I thought was a dead end. After looking at a map when we were back in the car, we were actually only 200 meters upstream from the slide… so close! Regardless this was a beautiful secluded walk that ran along a babbling stream. For more visuals of ohiopyle go to sleepydog.dog

hiking
8 months 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!

8 months ago

Jersey folks loved the mud and the rushing water

hiking
9 months ago

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

hiking
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

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Nice hike. A bit muddy after a week of rain, but it was beautiful.

trail running
Saturday, March 26, 2016

A nice and easy path but if you decide to hike via the rock way, you'll get a nice exercise. Overall a pleasant, easy run.

hiking
Sunday, August 30, 2015

A nice little hike, I was expecting a moderate hike but it seemed more like a easy one. If I go again, I will wait till a little more rainfall so the cascades were flowing better.

hiking
Sunday, July 12, 2015

Did this trail on 7-12-15 at approx 0830. The trail itself was pretty muddy but thats due to all the rain we have been getting lately. The path i took was i parked at the trailhead near the large parking lot by the park office. Plenty of parking and it allows you to go to the natural water slides or hike to the climbing wall, flat rock and the cascades. Flat rock was impressive. The cascades were amazing with all the water flowing fast. The rock wall was impressive to see in this area. The hike was cut a little short when i took the path down to the natural water slides. The trail blazes disappeared and the trail was washed out. I was 100% lost on what way to go to i went as far as i could then back tracked. all in all an awesome trail

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hiking
Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Nice, shaded hike along the river.

We actually took the cut over and only did the second half of this trail to cucumber falls. To do this, walking out of town towards the trailhead, you'll come to a service road dipping down to the right. Take it to the fenced in area and the trail is off to the right. Wear shoes for getting wet-- you'll need to cross water a few times.

Monday, May 25, 2015

I'm my opinion ohiopylea premier trail. Hugs meadow run. Waterfall. Natural canyon

Monday, October 14, 2013

Beautiful. Runs near Natural Water Slides so bring a bathing suit!

hiking
Saturday, September 22, 2012

We love this hike. Started in the early afternoon and hike a loop past Flat Rock, to the Cascades and back. Had a picnic on the rocks at the cascades in the middle of the stream. Water was low so Cascades were not as impressive as they are in the spring. Always a nice hike and a good time.

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