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Ohiopyle State Park… Off the Beaten Path!

With over 20,000 acres, the Ohiopyle State Park is the largest park in the state of Pennsylvania. Some of the most interesting and beautiful areas of the park are not well known. Let’s take a look at Ohiopyle State Park, off the beaten path… Jonathan Run and Sugar Run This great little creek is accessible from the Great Allegheny Passage as well as a trail-head off Holland Hill Road (the “take-out road”). The trail follows…

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Categories: Ohiopyle, Things to Do

The Seven Wonders of the Ohiopyle State Park

There are so many beautiful things to see and do in the Ohiopyle State Park. The question is, “What should I see first?” The staff here at Laurel Highlands Outdoor Center decided to come up with our Seven Wonders of Ohiopyle. Here are our top picks: 1. The Youghiogheny Falls at Ohiopyle Located in the heart of the Ohiopyle, this 20-foot waterfall is a great centrally located attraction. There is some construction in the area…

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Boy Scouts of America LOVE white water rafting!

The weekends in May brought a lot of rafters to Ohiopyle, PA. And out of all those rafters were lots of Boy Scouts of America troops from the surrounding tri-state area. There were some with prior rafting experience but there were also some first-timers. We took some time to sit down with them and find out how their trips went. First time rafting on the Middle Yough Guide Escorted tour: First time rafting on the…

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Categories: Group Trips

June Blooms in Ohiopyle, PA

Early in June a few things happen in Ohiopyle… All of the new river guides finish their training courses, all the stores and restaurants in town start staying open late, and the wildlife explodes in a rush of colors, pollen, and honey bees! There are so many different scenic hiking trails in the park that one would be hard-pressed to enjoy even half the trails in a day, and each trail seems to have a…

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Where to stay when planning a visit to Ohiopyle

We are often asked, “When we come whitewater rafting in Ohiopyle, where should we stay?”  Or, “What kind of accommodations should we look for?”  If you want to stay in “downtown” Ohiopyle, there are just a few options. I would recommend the Ohiopyle Guest Houses which are centrally located right in town. You can rent just a room out of one the houses or you can rent the whole house. All the Guest Houses are…

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Top 5 Family-Friendly Tips and Tricks for Rafting in Ohiopyle!

Here at Laurel Highlands River Tours and Outdoor Center, we know how time-consuming and, occasionally, stressful planning a family activity can be. So we thought, “How can we make it easier for you?” The answer: the Top 5 Family-Friendly Tips and Tricks. 1. Make sure you choose the appropriate section of river for your family. We are often asked, “How old do my kids need to be to go rafting?” The short answer to that is four years…

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Explore Ohiopyle Zip-line Adventure Park and Ohiopyle Mining Company!

There are so many great outdoor activities in Ohiopyle besides whitewater rafting! In fact, over 2.5 million people visit the Ohiopyle State Park every year and only about 80,000 of them get on the river. So, what are all those other people doing? Let’s take a look atthe two newest activities Ohiopyle has to offer. The most popular new activity is found at Ohiopyle Zip-line Adventure Park. The Adventure Park offers more than just zip-lining. It…

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Getting Pumped Up for Spring White Water Rafting in Ohiopyle?

WE ARE! With the temperatures rising to a balmy seventy degrees in January, the staff here at Laurel Highlands River Tours and Outdoor Center has started longing for Spring! This winter has brought with it some CRAZY weather. But it’s all good for us, and more importantly for you! Lots of snow and rainy warm-ups have helped maintain a full water table. This is the perfect recipe for GREAT springtime rafting! We should see some…

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Categories: Rafting