Ferncliff Trail

Ohiopyle State Park, Pennsylvania

Elevation Gain793ft
Trailhead Elevation1,237ft
Elevation Min/Max1130/1238ft
Elevation Start/End1237/1238ft

Ferncliff Trail

Ferncliff Trail is a hiking trail in Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania. It is within Ohiopyle State Park. It is 1.8 miles long and begins at 1,237 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 793 feet. Along the trail there is a viewpoint. This trail connects with the following: Buffalo Nut Trail, Falls Overlook Trail and Oakwood Trail.

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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." Read more
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"This hike winds its way through the Ohiopyle that is so well known to so many people. You’ll explore Ferncliff Natural Area, a one-hundred-acre peninsula that’s a National Natural Landmark. You’ll likely see kayakers and rafters tackle rapids, get a bird’s-eye view of the Youghiogheny (Yough) River from an old railroad bridge, and wander almost under the 30-foot Cucumber Falls. Chances are you’ll run into other hikers, too, even on weekdays, but the sheer beauty of this place will leave you willing to share. Archery hunting is allowed in Ferncliff Natural Area. There are a number of rapids in this section of the Yough, too, so use caution when around the river." Read more

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Trail Information

Ohiopyle State Park
Nearby City
Ohiopyle State Park
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
Ohiopyle State Park, PO Box 105, Ohiopyle 15470-0105; (724) 329-8591; www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/parks/ohiopyle.aspx
Local Contacts
Map available by contacting Ohiopyle State Park; USGS Fort Necessity and Ohiopyle
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Dec 2018