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Nearby Attractions to Ohiopyle State Park

Information about Ohiopyle State Park’s nearby attractions is available from the Laurel Highlands Visitors Bureau.

Explore the Area

Ohiopyle State Park is located along the Youghiogheny River, in a town of the same name, which boast bike rentals, rafting guides, and outdoor outfitters. Somerset Borough, 30 miles from the park, offers sites on the National Register of Historical Places, as well as places to eat and shop. Other places closer to the park include Uniontown, Connellsville, and Seven Springs.

Learn about some of the area businesses and things to do from the Somerset County Chamber of Commerce.

Nearby State Parks and Forests

Ohiopyle State Park is close to two state parks, where visitors can enjoy recreation, education, and other activities.

Laurel Ridge State Park

The 13,625-acre scenic Laurel Ridge State Park offers a great deal of outdoor recreation opportunities, with a main feature being the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail, which is a 70-mile backpacking trail that runs from Ohiopyle, Pa., to the Conemaugh River near Johnstown.

Kooser State Park

The 250-acre Kooser State Park is in the heart of the Laurel Highlands at an altitude of 2,600 feet. Its forest and beautiful trout stream that flows the full length of the park attract visitors all year round.

The park’s basic appeal lies in its intimate areas which are best suited for family outings and small groups. Picnicking, camping, fishing, hiking, cross-country skiing, and family cabins are popular.

Other Nearby Outdoor Spaces and Natural Places

There are several other nearby outdoor spaces and natural places near Ohiopyle State Park:

  • Kentucky Knob, a Frank Lloyd Wright home, is located near the park, with another of his well-known homes, Fallingwater, a bit further to the north.
  • Bear Run Nature Reserve is a short drive from the park and offers additional recreational opportunities.
  • State Game Land 111 is also a short drive from the park and offers additional recreational opportunities.
  • Fort Necessity National Battlefield and the Youghiogheny River Reservoir is nearby.

The Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail

The Laurel Highlands Hiking 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
  • Cross-country skiing

National Park Service Passport Stamps for the trail are available at the Laurel Ridge State Park Office and the visitor center in Ohiopyle.