Take a Hike: 10 of the Best Trails in the Pittsburgh Area



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BEST WATERFALLS
Rise of the Falls
OHIOPYLE  


photo by chuck beard
 

Considered to be two of the crown jewels of the 20,500-acre Ohiopyle State Park, Ohiopyle and Cucumber Falls can be accessed via a 3-mile loop that makes up the Rise of the Falls self-guided hike. Pop into the visitor’s center at the trailhead for a comprehensive guide that explains the geological tug of war between water and rock that is responsible for the creation of these shimmering beauties. One of the remarkable aspects of Cucumber Falls: You can walk underneath it via a large rock ledge. The trail itself follows an old rail bed that once delivered coal from the town of Stonerville to Western Maryland Railway cars. Today, that trail is lush with old-growth timber: hemlock, chestnut, oak and beech, and in springtime it yields an abundance of wildflowers.

Trailhead
124 Main St., Ohiopyle, Fayette County

Level of Difficulty
Easy

Dog-Friendly?
Yes

Kid-Friendly?
Yes

Mileage
3 miles
 

Don’t miss
Daredevils can cool off by taking a plunge down Meadow Run, several hundred feet of natural waterslides that cut a narrow gorge in the rock. Exercise extreme caution: When water levels are high, the current can be very swift.
Learn more: dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/ohiopyle

 

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