Ohiopyle State Park Ferncliff Peninsula Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"This hike winds through Ohiopyle State Park’s Ferncliff Natural Area, a hundred-acre peninsula that’s a National Natural Landmark. You’ll likely see kayakers and rafters churning through rapids, get a bird’s-eye view of the Yough from an old railroad bridge, and wander almost under the 30-foot Cucumber Falls.
In the late 1880s, Ferncliff Natural Area was anything but natural. Entrepreneurs turned the peninsula into a regular Coney Island, with a boardwalk, dance pavilion, ball fields, tennis courts, fountains, and hotel.
Today Ferncliff has largely returned to its natural state. It’s a unique one, too. The Youghiogheny River, known as the “Yough” and pronounced “yock,” flows north into Pennsylvania here, carrying seeds from Maryland and West Virginia."