Ferncliff Natural Area - Ohiopyle State Park



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 before….the Ferncliff 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.


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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!




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