Ohiopyle: An outdoor enthusiast's wonderland
Ohiopyle is the small town located next to Ohiopyle State Park in the southern Laurel Highlands. This is a beautiful area with many opportunities for outdoor adventure.
The Youghiogheny River Gorge is the centerpiece for Ohiopyle and provides some of the best whitewater boating in the eastern United States, as well as spectacular scenery. If you are interested in whitewater rafting, please see the meet-up "CCC Annual Raft Trip". This camping trip coincides with the raft trip.
We will be staying at Benners Meadow Run, a large private camp ground. Amenities include: a large pool, a wading pool for toddlers, volleyball, basketball, mini golf, game room, and a store with ice, firewood, snacks, etc.
Camp ground rules are:
- Quiet hours from 11:00 pm to 8:30 am. Radios off and no rowdiness.
- Alcoholic beverages are limited to the campsite only. Drunken rowdy behavior is prohibited.
- Please be considerate of other campers.
- Local firewood only.
Camping costs and payment
- Camping is $27.50 per adult for the weekend. Please contact me if you need the children's rate.
- Camping must be paid in advance because we have to pay the campground in advance to hold our site.
- Your camping space is not confirmed until payment is received. Because we have to pay in advance, reservations made will equal to the number of payments received.
- The easiest way to pay is through Paypal using the "Pay online" link found under membership dues on the left side of meet-up page. Alternatively, you can send a check payable to Caroline Burnell and mail it to: 5 Country Club PL E, Camp Hill, PA 17011.
- The campsite we get will be based upon the number of people attending.
- There will be an additional cost for firewood. Cost to be determined at the event.
Outdoor activities include:
Rock Climbing: Meadow Run Climbing Area, Bruner Run Climbing Area and a series of four walls along the Lower Youghiogheny section of the Great Allegheny Passage have a combination of top-roping and sport routes for climbers of all abilities. The short entrance trails leading to the rock faces are blazed in blue. Inexperienced climbers should consider a guided trip with one of the outfitters in Ohiopyle.
Hiking: 79 miles of hiking trails at Ohiopyle showcase the spectacular scenery of the Laurel Highlands.
Biking: The Great Allegheny Passage has 27 miles of trail in the park and connects Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Cumberland, Maryland. The flat, crushed limestone trail was once the rail bed for the Western Maryland Railroad. This trail is suitable for all ages and ADA accessible. Rental bicycles are available. The trail is excellent for hiking, jogging and cross-country skiing and can be used to combine a bike ride or hike with some excellent wilderness trout fishing or hunting. All motorized vehicles and equestrians are prohibited.
Mountain Biking: 25 miles of trails are currently open to mountain biking. These trails are shared with other users; bikers are urged to use proper trail etiquette.
Horseback Riding: Trail-Side Stables offers trail rides in Ohiopyle State Park.
Other areas of interest include:
Falling Water: A Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece, nestled within the lush, wooded Bear Run Nature Reserve, is a timeless monument to organic architecture at its best. Reservations are required. (724) 329 -8501
Kentuck Knob: Another nearby Frank Lloyd Wright home. Kentuck Knob is a fine example of mid-fifty's organic architecture, complete with contemporary sculpture gardens. (724) 329-1901.
Laurel Highland's Website: http://www.laurelhighlands.org
Ohioplye State Park Website: http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/ohiopyle
Benners Meadow Run Website: http://www.bennersmeadowrun.com/