Ferncliff Natural Area - Ohiopyle State Park
TRAIL DISTANCE - 3 miles
TYPE - Day Hike
With the hopes of catching some glimpses
of some fall colors, we decided to hike in an area we have never visited
Natural Area at Ohiopyle State Park. Leaves weren't quite peak color
yet, but it was still a beautiful hike. The family friendly trail system
here consists of the Ferncliff Trail which makes its way around the perimeter
of the peninsula, as well as a few other trails that interconnect with
the Ferncliff Trail. What we hiked today was the Ferncliff Trail Loop,
as well as a couple of other unmarked trails that lead down to some rapids
on the Youghiogheny River.
The Ferncliff Trail is blazed black, which is very hard to see, but the trails are very well worn here. It is also a very busy trail so get here early if you would like any hint of seclusion. The highlight of this hike is the ¼ mile section of trail where it parallels the Youghiogheny River, including some nice views of the falls. The water was low, but there were still a few kayakers and guided rafting trips enjoying the water.
We look forward to hiking this area again
in the spring when water levels are higher. And we'll make sure we get
there a little earlier so it's is easier to take photographs!