About OhiopyleOhiopyle is part of the Laurel Highlands. Once a hunting area of the Delaware, Shawnee and Iroquois, the area was named Ohiopehhle by the Native Americans for the white frothy water of the Youghiogheny River. Ohiopyle State Park provides overlook platforms to the falls. It also is a trailhead for the Great Allegheny Passage and the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail.
Ohiopyle is best known as a popular starting point for white-water rafting. Trips can be arranged through several outfitters in town.
Visitor Centers Laurel Highlands Visitors Center 124 Main St. Ohiopyle, PA 15470. Phone:(724)238-5661 or (800)333-5661The visitors center is in Ohiopyle State Park; it is not staffed during the off-season but brochures are available.
Great Allegheny PassageThe Great Allegheny Passage is one of the longest multipurpose recreational trails in the eastern United States, spanning 150 continuous miles between Pittsburgh and Cumberland, Md. Bicyclists, cross-country skiers, walkers and, in some places, equestrians travel through the Laurel Highlands along the scenic Youghiogheny and Casselman rivers. The 3,200-foot Big Savage Tunnel near the Mason-Dixon Line is usually closed Dec. 15-April 10; there is no alternate route.
The passage connects with the C&O Canal Towpath, providing a 334.5-mile motor-free route to Washington, D.C. Restrooms and facilities are available at several towns along the trail, which include (running west to east) the Pittsburgh riverfront; McKeesport; Boston; Cedar Creek Park; Whitsett; Connellsville; Ohiopyle; Confluence; Rockwood; Meyersdale; Frostburg, Md.; and Cumberland, Md. The trail passes through Ohiopyle State Park, which offers white-water rafting and cottages for camping. Fallingwater, one of Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural landmarks, also is nearby.
For more information contact the Allegheny Trail Alliance at P.O. Box 228, Homestead, PA 15120.
White-water Rafting Laurel Highlands River Tours
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