Youghiogheny River Rail-Trail

Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania 15470

Youghiogheny River Rail-Trail

Youghiogheny River Rail-Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This is one of the most scenic rail-trails in Pennsylvania. The ride may be tailored to any distance and is a great family cruise for those young and budding trail riders. There is much to do at this incredible outdoor location. Ohiopyle is a full-service town built around the unique features of the Yough River.

The Fern Cliff Peninsula is an incredible place for a short afternoon hike and vantage points along the shore allow you to watch kayakers shooting the rapids. The Falling Waters House built by Frank Lloyd Wright is just up the road, as is the beautiful Bear Run Nature Preserve. Highlights: Two huge old railroad bridges, views of the river and rapids, cliffs to explore, great family trail or training ride, incredible photo opportunity at the gorge. Tread: an ultrasmooth, hardpacked cinder surface. Perfect for any type of bike and also the tow-behind child carts."

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"For an easy, Sunday-stroll-type hike, this one can’t be beat. It starts at the refurbished train depot and traces an abandoned railroad grade. The path is, quite literally, flat the whole way. There are excellent river views en route, and at the end there’s a deep forest waterfall.

After you’ve spent a day or two watching bicyclists weave their way across the 600 foot-long rails-to-trails bridge, you’ll want to get up there yourself. And it’ll be worth it when you do. Two old railroad bridges span the river, each more than 100 feet above the water. From the first bridge you can watch swimmers wading in the wide, shallow waters to the east. But look the other way and the river narrows dramatically into the famous Ohiopyle Falls. It’s here, to the west, that the river snakes around the Ferncliff Peninsula, so that when you are on the second bridge, you’re just above the rafter put-in area on the peninsula."

"This ride is the southern section of a multi-purpose trail for cyclists, hikers, and cross-country skiers that, when completed, will be 60 to 70 miles long between Meyersdale and Pittsburgh.

Located entirely within Ohiopyle State Park, this 8-12-foot-wide, hard-surfaced path of fine gravel runs through the scenic, forested gorge of the Youghiogheny River on the old Western Maryland Railway bed. The nearly level out-and-back course from Ohiopyle to Confluence is highlighted by magnificent river views, cascading feeder streams, and maturing forests. Terrain: flat. No traffic unless you ride into Confluence."

Youghiogheny River Rail-Trail Reviews

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Better known to locals as simply "the bike path" on the eleven-mile section from Ohiopyle to Confluence, this trail allows leisurely hiking and biking that follows the Youghiogheny River from the Lower section (class III/IV rapids) to the Middle section (class I/II rapids). There are many opportunities to take side paths down to the river and watch rafters and boaters. The rapids are even marked on mile markers. Of course, if you don''t feel like leaving the comfortable gravel and bluestone dust path (and don''t have a fear of heights), hang out on the high railroad bridge and view railroad rapid from far above. As for the trail itself, the scenery changes just like the river. Closer to Ohiopyle, large rock cut-aways form tall cliffs on the right covered with moss, ferns, laurel, and rhododendron with the hardwoods nearer the crest, while on the left the slope heading down to the river is mostly oak, maple,laurel, and rhododendron. Further down the trail, on your way to Confluence, you encounter less hardwoods and less elevation, putting you almost level with the Middle section of the Yough.
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Very easy. Nearly level. Shady in summertime.
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This trail is on the old rail road line.An easy to navagate trail full of nature surroundings. Parts of this trail run along rock cliffs.A you peddle by you can feel the coolness coming off the moss coverd rocks. If your up near the Connelsville end you ride over an high rail road bridge. This is a great place to take in the mountians and Yough River.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
400 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Technical Difficulty
Physical Difficulty
Skill Level
2 - 6 hours
1,300 feet
Trailhead Elevation
1,300 feet
Top Elevation
Ohiopyle State Park
Local Contacts
USGS Mill Run, Connellsville, South Connellsville; Pennsylvania Rails to Trails guide map; DCNR Ohiopyle State Park map
Local Maps

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Nov 2018