Labor Road Day Trip From Pittsburgh to Ohiopyle

Labor Day weekend will be here before you know it, so start planning the last of your summer road trips now. If you are in Pittsburgh, PA and aren't really that excited about driving 6 hours or more to the Atlantic Ocean for the Labor Day holiday then think about a short day trip to Ohiopyle, PA. Sun, sand and whitewater surf all on the Youghiogheny River - It'll be just like a day at the beach but without the salt.

Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania
Ohiopyle is about 70 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the Laurel Highlands located on the banks of the Youghiogheny (Yough) River. The town offers a variety of restaurants, pubs, coffee shops and an abundance of whitewater rafting outfitters and bike rentals. Ohiopyle State Park is located on the edge of town and is home to the Youghiogheny River Falls, some of the best whitewater rafting in the eastern United States and an impressive interactive visitors center.

Check out these exciting points-of-interest in and around Ohiopyle, PA:

The Great Allegheny Passage
Hike or bike the Great Allegheny Passage rail-trail. It is an 11 mile trail that stretches from Ohiopyle to Confluence, PA. The scenery is beautiful as the Yough River flows along the trail with plenty of forest on both sides. Bring your own bikes or rent them in town from numerous outfitters and rental shops.

Stay Cool on a Natural Waterslide
Meadow Run is home to a smooth sandstone rock surface water chute and depending on water flow you could be in for a wet and wild ride on this natural waterslide. There is parking area and ADA accessible observation deck.

Catch a Fish
The Yough River is full of trout and smallmouth bass. Try your luck at the Ramcat area going downstream to Ohiopyle that is open to all-tackle trout fishing.

Visitor Centers
Visit the Ohiopyle train station visitor center and grab a map and then head over to the newer interactive Ohiopyle State Park Office/Laurel Highlands Falls Area Visitor Center. The interactive center provides views of the Ohiopyle Falls and Ferncliff Peninsula as well as educational and interactive exhibits.

To learn more about Ohiopyle and to make the most out of your Labor Day road trip visit the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

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Scott Kozelnik has called the North Hills of Pittsburgh home since 2003. As an historian and writer, he's been published by Arcadia Publishing, Images of America and the West Virginia Encyclopedia. He manages the events blog and social media assets.