Hiking at Ohiopyle State Park
79 miles of trails
The hiking trails at Ohiopyle showcase the spectacular scenery of the Laurel Highlands. There is a wide variety of hiking trails from short day hikes to challenging backpacking.
Always bring a map and water and wear sturdy shoes when hiking.
3.4 miles, red blazes, most difficult hiking
This trail has trailheads at the back of the Middle Yough Take-out Parking Area adjacent to the Train Station/Visitor Center in downtown Ohiopyle and at the Mountain Biking Trail parking lot. This steep, rocky trail passes Baughman Rock, a spectacular overlook of the Youghiogheny River Gorge.
2.7 miles total, white blazes, more difficult hiking
The Beech Loop begins at the Kentuck Campground Amphitheater and connects to the Beech Trail and Sproul Trail. The 2.1-mile Beech Trail passes through a forest of towering American beech trees and leads to the Great Gorge Trail.
Great Gorge Trail
2.6 miles, green blazes, more difficult hiking
This trail begins at the Cucumber Picnic Area and crosses several bridges and roads. The trail follows Cucumber Run and passes an area known for its spring wildflowers. The next trail section follows an old tramway used to transport coal to the railroad.
A spur of this trail leads up a steep incline to the Kentuck Campground.
Jonathan Run Trail
1.7 miles, blue blazes, easiest hiking
The trailhead is along the Holland Hill Road. The trail crisscrosses Jonathan Run and passes by small waterfalls, including Jonathan Run Falls. The trail connects to the Great Allegheny Passage.
2.5 miles, pink blazes, more difficult hiking
This series of trails begins at the Tharp Knob Picnic Area. A short, one-mile loop includes the Tharp Knob Overlook. The trail continues to the Kentuck Campground contact station, briefly follows the road, then descends to meet Jonathan Run Trail.
3.5 miles, purple blazes, more difficult hiking
This trail passes through various habitats and by evidence of the McCune Farm. Hikers can see an old spring house and pond as remnants of this working farm. The trail runs along the highest ridge in the park.
Meadow Run Trail
3 miles, yellow blazes, easiest hiking
There are trailheads near the ranger station, at the waterslides on SR 2011 and at Cucumber Falls on SR 2019. From the waterslides parking lot, take the left trail under the SR 381 bridge for 0.7 mile to Cucumber Falls. Take the trail to the right, which leads to a loop trail and the Cascades.
This trail is intersected by a path leading to the SR 2011 trailhead.
Old Mitchell Trail Loop
2.9 miles, red blazes, more difficult hiking
This loop trail begins at the Old Mitchell Place Parking Area in the west side of the park. The trail meanders through a variety of habitats including forest and meadow and is excellent for birding in the spring.
A connector trail splits off at the back of the loop connecting to the Great Allegheny Passage.
Pressley Ridge Trail
5.5 miles, orange blazes, more difficult hiking
A continuation of the Sugarloaf Trail System, this trail follows the ridge line, providing several loop options. A small connector trail leads to Lytle Road.
3.7 miles, purple blazes, easiest hiking
These five interconnecting loops are just north of the Kentuck Campground, near the second overflow parking area outside of the campground.
Sugarloaf Trail System
10.4 miles, orange blazes, most difficult hiking
This hiking, biking, and snowmobiling trail begins near the Train Station/Visitor Center. The trailhead is at the back of the Middle Youghiogheny Take-out Parking Area, to the right of the Great Allegheny Passage. The trail climbs 800 feet in elevation in two steep sections.
The trail connects to the main bike trail area near Sugarloaf Knob.
Sugar Run Trail
1.6 miles, orange blazes, more difficult hiking
This trail connects Old Mitchell Trail to Jonathan Run Trail.
0.5 mile, unblazed, more difficult hiking
This emergency access road begins off the Great Allegheny Passage paralleling Beech Trail and then uphill to connect with the back of Fir Road in the campground.
Bicyclists traveling between the campground and the Great Allegheny Passage should walk their bicycles up and down this hill due to the steep grade.
Ferncliff Peninsula Trails
All trails have black blazes.
1.7 miles, easiest hiking
All other Ferncliff Peninsula trails branch off of this loop trail which circles the peninsula. The trailhead is near the Ferncliff Parking Lot.
Buffalo Nut Trail
0.1 mile, easiest hiking
This short trail is the first branch off of Ferncliff Trail and is a shortcut to Oakwoods Trail.
0.5 mile, easiest hiking
This trail features beautiful ferns and the remnants of the old Ferncliff Hotel.
0.5 mile, easiest hiking
This trail passes through a mature hardwood forest.
Youghiogheny River Trail
27 miles, easiest hiking
The Yougiogheny River Trail is a portion of the Great Allegheny Passage which connects Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Cumberland, Maryland. The flat, crushed limestone trail was once the rail bed for the Western Maryland Railroad.
This activity or structure is ADA accessible. This trail is suitable for all ages and is ADA accessible.
The trail is excellent for hiking, jogging, and cross-country skiing, and can be used to combine a bike ride or hike with some excellent wilderness trout fishing or hunting.
All motorized vehicles and equestrians are prohibited.
From the Ramcat Launch Area and Trailhead Parking Area on the east side of the park, the trail descends at a one percent downhill grade to the Train Station/Visitor Center parking lot in the town of Ohiopyle.
From the Train Station/Visitor Center in the town of Ohiopyle, the 17 miles of trail crosses the river twice and descends at a three percent grade to Connellsville. Parking is available in Connellsville in lots on Third Street and in the Yough River Park.
Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail
The Youghiogheny River Trail is a segment of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail. An enterprise of many partners, the evolving trail network celebrates the heritage of the Potomac and upper Ohio river basins and offers opportunities for hiking, bicycling, boating, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing.
National Park Service Passport Stamps for the trail are available at the Laurel Ridge State Park Office and at the visitor center in Ohiopyle.
Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail
Ohiopyle serves as the southern terminus for the 70-mile Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail. This trail traverses the Laurel Ridge from Ohiopyle to the northern end near Johnstown.
The trail is open for year-round hiking and backpacking. An overnight shelter area is located every eight to 10 miles along the trail.
The portion of the trail within Ohiopyle State Park is 6.3 miles of very strenuous and rocky hiking. Hikers are rewarded for their effort as they pass beautiful overlooks and creeks on this section.
Reservations for backpack camping are required. Reservations can be made up to 11 months in advance by calling 888-PA-PARKS or online. Same day reservation can be made by contacting the Laurel Hill State Park office at 724-455-3744.
Make a reservation for Ohiopyle State Park.