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Pittsburgh Hiking: Baughman Rock Overlook, Ohiopyle State Park

Take a family-friendly hike in this adventure epicenter.

Ohiopyle has it all. Want to push yourself? The park is home to the southern terminus of the 70-mile Laurel Highland Trail, excellent whitewater rafting, dozens of rock climbing routes, a stop on the 300-mile bike route from Pittsburgh to D.C., and famously rocky and technical mountain biking. Prefer a more leisurely outing? You’ll also find day hikes for all levels, picnic spots, short bike rides on the Great Allegheny Passage, and beginner-friendly paddling. Ohiopyle literally has something for everyone.

Recommended Route 

For families or anyone who wants a casual half-day hike, the 5.8-mile loop from the town of Ohiopyle to the vista at Baughman Rock is perfect. Start the hike by hopping on the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) and heading out of town to the east. After a few hundred yards, look for the Baughman Trail on the right—the climbing starts fast. The trail is easy to follow as it traverses up the hillside toward the overlook, with views of the Yough on the way. Keep an eye out for the left turn to the vista at mile 2.3.

On a clear day, you can see deep into the Youghiogheny River Gorge as it rounds a horseshoe bend. Hawks ride the wind currents created by the steep hillsides and in fall, the foliage views could be the best in the state.

Head back down the Baughman Trail to return to town. To continue the loop, take the Rock City Connector Trail to the Sugarloaf Trail. Sugarloaf drops down the opposite side of the hill and passes near the 200-foot natural water slides on Meadow Run. The slide can be amazing fun, but keep in mind it can be a rough ride—bruises and scrapes are common.

Sugarloaf Trail crosses Sugarloaf Road once more before returning to the GAP, where a left turn leads back to town.

More Info

https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/StateParks/FindAPark/OhiopyleStatePark/Pages/default.asp

Must See 

Anyone with even a passing interest in architecture should make a short visit to the nearby Frank Llyod Wright masterpiece, Fallingwater. It’s only a 10-minute drive from the park office in Ohiopyle.

Getting There

The turnpike is the fastest way to Ohiopyle. Without traffic, you can get from downtown Pittsburgh to downtown Ohiopyle in an hour and a half.

Where to Eat

For such a small town, Ohiopyle has a surprising selection of eateries. The Falls City Pub is a crowd pleaser. It has indoor and outdoor seating and even welcomes your canine adventure buddy to sit outside with you. https://www.fallscitypub.com/

All articles are for general informational purposes.  Each individual’s needs, preferences, goals and abilities may vary.  Be sure to obtain all appropriate training, expert supervision and/or medical advice before engaging in strenuous or potentially hazardous activity.