Ohiopyle is one of three state parks with approved climbing areas in Pennsylvania. There are over 100 routes spread through a few areas of the park. School House Crag is steep, over 90 feet tall, and has a few intimidating-looking roofs. There are only about a dozen sport routes here, but they range from 5.6 to 5.12a.
All the routes are nicely bolted and have anchors up top for lowering. There are plenty of anchors and no R or X ratings, making this a great spot to work on lead skills. The rock is Homewood sandstone that is much more solid than it appears from the ground.
The easiest way to access this climb is by bike. Start from the visitors center and ride the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) downriver alongside the Youghiogheny for a little over 4 miles. The crag will be visible and obvious on the left. Look for a footpath from the bike trail to the base of the cliff. It’s also possible to hike in from the Old Mitchell Place parking area using Mitchell and Kentuck trails, then turn left on the GAP and walk about 15 more minutes to the School House Crag. Access on this route is all downhill, making for a rough hike back to the car after a long day at the crags—a leisurely bike ride sounds much more appealing.
Speaking of long days, the Yough is just a few steps away from the bottom of School House Crag, offering a more-than-pleasant means of cooling off after getting pumped on the wall.
Feeling fit? Turn a trip to the crag into an outdoor triathlon: Load up your bike, ride the 80 miles on the GAP to Ohiopyle, and camp that night. Wake up, climb all day, camp again. Wake up and ride downriver back to town. Complete this challenge, and years of bragging rights are yours to claim.