Ferncliff Peninsula Natural Area

Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania

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This easy hike loops the 100-acre Ferncliff Peninsula, giving hikers the best views of the Youghiogheny River rapids and Ohiopyle Falls. The trail leads you right to the river’s edge onto flat sandstone boulders, where you can examine tree fossils embedded in the rock. At points, a canopy of rhododendron shades the trail. At marked sites along the way, learn about the peninsula’s unique environment, which includes Southern wildflowers and umbrella magnolia trees. Simply stated, this hike gives you an unparalleled view of Ohiopyle Falls. You’re led right to the edge of the Youghiogheny (pronounced YAWK-a-gay-nee) River and onto a series of flat boulders, which at points jut into the river. You’re as close to the falls as anyone is going to get. That is reason enough to lace up your boots.
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Hiking Pennsylvania

by John L. Young (Falcon Guides)

This easy hike loops the 100-acre Ferncliff Peninsula, giving hikers the best views of the Youghiogheny River rapids and Ohiopyle Falls. The trail leads you right to the river’s edge onto flat sandstone boulders, where you can examine tree fossils embedded in the rock. At points, a canopy of rhododendron shades the trail. At marked sites along the way, learn about the peninsula’s unique environment, which includes Southern wildflowers and umbrella magnolia trees.

Simply stated, this hike gives you an unparalleled view of Ohiopyle Falls. You’re led right to the edge of the Youghiogheny (pronounced YAWK-a-gay-nee) River and onto a series of flat boulders, which at points jut into the river. You’re as close to the falls as anyone is going to get. That is reason enough to lace up your boots.

© 2015 John L. Young/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Ohiopyle
Distance: 2.4
Elevation Gain: 172 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Spring, summer, fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Ohiopyle State Park, PO Box 105, Ohiopyle 15470; (724) 329-8591; www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/ohiopyle
Local Maps: USGS Ohiopyle, PA; Fort Necessity, PA
Driving Directions: Directions to Ferncliff Peninsula Natural Area

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