The directions on the iPhone said for us to make a right on this tree covered area... there was no place to make a turn, just trees and mountain. We kept driving along the road and decided to find the park entrance on our own. This is the second time the Maps on the iPhone drops us off in some random location, when looking for a state park.
We saw a small parking lot that had a camera sign next to it, so we parked the car and went to look. And we found this amazing overlook.
The pictures don't do the view justice! It was beautiful!
We kept driving down the road, and came to the Ohiopyle town. There were canoe rentals, bike rentals, white water boating tours. I have not been to a park with a town in the middle of it, so this was a nice experience. We had pizza for lunch, then we headed out to check out the falls and do a bit of hiking.
This is the first thing we see when we park the car:
And this is the view from the park office
And the view of the closest viewing point. At this space, a girl wearing only shorty shorts and a sports bra, asked us move because we were on her picture shot. I refused to move, and she rolled her eyes at me and stood there until I moved to get her picture. I wanted to punch her.... I was in a weird mood that day.
We picked to see the Cucumber falls, because they were the closest to us. I mapped out our route on the map, but Roger saw a sign on the road and wanted to follow that instead. We had to walk up a road hill, in which cars were speeding by. It was scary. I chose to walk behind the road fence, because the walking space on the road was not big enough and I wasn't in the mood to risk my life.
The Cucumber falls were very dry and there were a lot of kids taking weird pictures. I think it was bring your College Graduate to the Park day... This kids didn't look older than my brothers.
We took the plan trail, Meadow Trail, back to the car. It was marked as an easy trail, but it was not an easy hike. There were climbs, lots of rocks, and small trails. But I enjoyed the hike very much.
We walked along The Youghiogheny River and took some more pictures.
We hiked into the Natural water slides, this was pretty cool. The slides were smooth rocks, from which water ran through, there were a few people on the slide. It looked scary to me.
After our hike, we went for ice cream.
It was a very short trip, but it was a great adventure! We plan to go back soon to hike longer and check out the other two water falls, the walking bridge and the other overviews. We also talked about going there to do some boating next summer.
Ohiopyle, the town, reminded me a lot Jim Thorpe, which then made me miss Jim Thorpe. Ohiopyle is going on my top 5 State Parks in Pa.
What is your favorite state park?
What is in your Have to see park on your list?
What do you consider an easy hiking trail?
Have you ever done boating on rapids?