Covering more than 20,000 acres of diverse terrain, Ohiopyle State Park is one of the biggest state parks around. It's also stunningly beautiful, boasting rugged terrain and breathtaking waterfalls that make it well worth a visit.
The park is located in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, and serves as the southern gateway to the Laurel Highlands. And with 79 miles of hiking trails to explore, there are myriad opportunities to get out there among the spectacular natural scenery for which this area is famous. Hikers can also access the Youghiogheny River Trail, which is part of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, or use Ohiopyle State Park as a starting point to tackle the 70-mile Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail.
If you prefer your outdoor recreation water-based, the Youghiogheny River offers whitewater boating for all experience levels. Wilderness trout fishing is available, and there are several beautiful waterfalls that are always popular with sightseers.
If you're staying the night, Kentuck Campground has approximately 200 campsites and is open from April to mid-December. There are also rustic camping cottages available, but please note that only selected campsites and cottages allow pets, so take care to choose pet-friendly accommodation when making a booking.
You'll also need to make sure you only take your pet in areas designated as dog-friendly, and that your pooch is on a leash and attended at all times. As always, it's also essential that you clean up after your dog and dispose of their waste. Daily camping rates start at $15 per night for Pennsylvania residents.
Ohiopyle State Park is a beautiful wilderness refuge boasting memorable natural scenery and more activities for outdoor recreation than you can wag a tail at. And because it's located less than 70 miles southeast of Pittsburgh, not to mention that it sits in close proximity to a number of other regional centers, it's easy and convenient to access all year round.