Ohiopyle State Park Ferncliff Peninsula

Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania

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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.

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"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."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Ohiopyle
Distance: 4.7
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 3
Season: Spring to Fall
Local Maps: USGS Fort Necessity and Ohiopyle
Driving Directions: Directions to Ohiopyle State Park Ferncliff Peninsula

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May 2018