Youghiogheny River Trail Is a Great Ride in This Extra Colorful Fall

Exploring scenic bike routes less than two hours from Pittsburgh.

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Experts have been predicting that the fall foliage will be especially brilliant this year. My better half and I found that to be the case in our recent drive to Ohiopyle in Fayette County to ride the Youghiogheny River Trail to Confluence in Somerset County. The 10.2 mile route is part of the Great Allegheny Passage that connects Washington, D.C., to Pittsburgh.

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The crushed-limestone surface is smooth as the trail rises 311 feet in elevation from Ohiopyle to Confluence. For most of the ride, you can see and hear the flow of the Youghiogheny River. The sounds of the river are only interrupted by trains on the tracks on the other side of the water.

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About a mile from the town of Confluence is a pull-off where you can see the point where the Youghiogheny and Casselman rivers meet.

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A bridge carries the trail over the Youghiogheny River where several restaurants are ready to serve hungry riders.

There are two main access points with parking:

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Good to Know:

  • The parking lot in Ohiopyle is large but fills up fast on weekends and park police enforce where you can and can not park.
  • Restroom facilities are located at the Ram Cat Road trail access point.
  • There are several picnic areas and benches along the trail to stop for a lunch break or just to enjoy the scenery.
  • There are several restaurants in Ohiopyle but with the current pandemic restrictions, it is sometimes a long wait for a table.
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