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There’s no better destination for whitewater rafting than Ohiopyle in Fayette County, Pennsylvania. This borough has a tiny year-round population of less than a hundred people, but is frequented by tourists from Pennsylvania, Virginia and even Ohio on the weekends. Visitors began flocking to Ohiopyle after the construction of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, but really took off when commercial whitewater ventures began operations in the 1960s. Now, over 100,000 people visit the borough to “shoot the rapids” along the Youghiogheny River.
Things to do in Ohiopyle
Most tourists visit Ohiopyle in order to experience the rapids of the Lower Youghiogheny. A river excursion can last anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours, aboard rafts, kayaks or canoes. Guests can choose to rent equipment and explore the rapids on their own, or have an experienced rafter as a guide. There are other outdoor recreation opportunities at the surrounding Ohiopyle State Park including biking and hiking. Visitors also enjoy the park’s falls, the most impressive sight within the state park. Baughman Rock Overlook offers another stellar view of Pennsylvania’s natural area. A 1.5-mile hike up the rocky terrain of the Baughman Trail will award guests a jaw-dropping panoramic vista. The state park also has a Zipline Adventure Park where visitors can embark on their own Indiana Jones experience through obstacles, 200-foot ziplines and ropes courses. The Ferncliff Peninsula is a 100-acre botanical reserve where guests can see beautiful plants that have washed downriver from neighboring states. And that’s just in the summer. Western Pennsylvania is also home to some of the largest ski resorts in the state, so visitors will find plenty of options for skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing in the winter!
Day trips from Ohiopyle
Ohiopyle is close enough to the border that it’s less than an hour’s drive into West Virginia and Virginia. It’ll take about two hours to cross over into Ohio, and 1.5 hours to drive to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. If you want to stay in western Pennsylvania, Seven Springs is another popular resort destination that’s around 20 miles away. Seven Springs is perfect for adrenaline junkies who enjoy the thrill of outdoor activities such as ziplining and downhill biking. For a destination that’s even closer to Ohiopyle, Fallingwater is just 4 miles away. It’s a National Historic Landmark—a home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1930s. The house, built over a waterfall, and the surrounding landscape lets guests experience the inspirations of one of America’s great architects.
Tourists who flocked to Ohiopyle in the past would stay at one of the many resorts along the Youghiogheny River. The resort used to have boardwalks, dancing pavilions, fountains and other recreational activities for guests. However, the buildings were torn down to rebuild the forests and allow plants to regrow. While the accommodations in Ohiopyle aren’t what they used to be, there are still plenty of options for rent. Cabins, cottages, condos and lodges are some of the more common vacation rental options. There are also honeymoon spots, camping grounds, hostels and even retreat centers for rent as well.
Transportation in Ohiopyle
Having a car will be a lot easier getting in and around Ohiopyle. While some river rafting excursions provide transportation to and from the rental site to the launch site, most tour companies are located under forest cover. While there are a few alternative transportation services in the area, they are charter and limousine services for larger groups. The Arnold Palmer Regional Airport is the closest to Ohiopyle in terms of distance. There is also Amtrak service into the greater Laurel Highlands area. Capital Limited operates daily trips to and from Washington, D.C. and Chicago, with a stop in Connellsville. The Pennsylvanian runs daily between Pittsburgh and New York City with stops in Johnstown, Latrobe and Greensburg.
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