Hiking in Ohiopyle State Park | Hiking Trails
Ohiopyle State Park has more than enough hiking trails to satisfy your average outdoor enthusiast. With over 90 miles of hiking trails you will need to spend a few days in the park if you want to hike them all.
The trails range in diffuculty from easy to hard. Some of the trails can be completed in less than an hour and others may take the better part of the day. A few of the more popular trails inside of Ohiopyle State Park include:
- Ferncliff Trail: 1.7-miles. This is an easy trails. All other Ferncliff Peninsula trails branch off of this loop trail which circles the peninsula. The trailhead is near the Ferncliff Parking Lot.
- Fernwood Trail: 0.5-mile. This easy trail features beautiful ferns and the remnants of the old Ferncliff Hotel.
- Great Gorge Trail: 2.6 miles. This medium diffuculty trail begins at the Cucumber Picnic Area and crosses several bridges and roads. The trail follows Cucumber Run and past 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.
- Sugarloaf Trail: 3.8 miles. This is one of the most diffucult trails in Ohiopyle. This 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 Youghiogheny River Trail. The trail climbs 800 feet in elevation in two steep sections. The trail connects to the main trail bike area near Sugarloaf Knob.
- Baughman Trail: 3.4 miles.- This difficult 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.