Pennsylvania’s Ohiopyle State Park, a treasure of a place for camping, bicycling, autumn color


Ohiopyle_JulianneGCraneWe have camped twice in  Ohiopyle State Park during the autumn and have relished the fall colors. Be advised however that once the rain arrives, the leaves drop fast.

Kentuck Campground is part of this expansive park located in southwest Pennsylvania that “encompasses approximately 20,500 acres of rugged natural beauty and serves as the gateway to the Laurel Highlands.”

There are about 200 campsites open from April to mid-December.  All campsites have a picnic table, fire ring, and parking space.  The campground has a sanitary dumping station and shower houses. Many campsites have electric hookups for about $29.50/day. Fee for non-electric is around $23.

Ohiopyle_Passage_JS_JCAdvance reservations are required to ensure campsite availability. Explore the campground mapExplore camping for more information.

Jimmy’s sister, Sally Bagdon, an avid bicyclist, mentioned this place because of the Youghiogheny River Trail, a 27-mile hiking and biking stretch that is part of the Great Allegheny Passage. We have bicycled part of the trail during each visit.

For art and architecture buffs,  just a few miles north of here is Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright’s masterpiece. Completed in 1937, this ingenious design is among the Smithsonian’s Life List of ‘28 Places to Visit Before You Die.’

Julianne G. Crane

Photo: Camp site 226, Kentuck Campground, Ohiopyle State Park, southwest Pennsylvania.  Bottom: RVers Julianne Crane and Jimmy Smith bicycling the Youghiogheny River Trail. (Julianne G. Crane)

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