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Youghiogheny River Trail

In 1754 George Washington followed the Youghiogheny River in his search for a water route to Fort Duquesne (now Pittsburgh), but he gave up when he encountered the falls at Ohiopyle and the rapids below.

Modern visitors cycle this route through the Appalachians on the former route of the Western Maryland Railroad. This trail has been named as one of the best walking trails in the world. Writing in the October 1994 issue of Travel and Leisure Magazine, Rita Ariyoshi named the Youghiogheny River Trail among 19 paths from France to New Zealand as “The World’s Best Walks”.

The trail is part of the Pittsburgh to Washington, DC system. The Youghiogheny River Trail is actually part of a larger trail system called the "Great Allegheny Passage." It follows the Yough River in Pennsylvania from Confluence to McKeesport. The surface is crushed limestone.

It’s a popular trail, and hence can be a busy one.

  • Location: Confluence to Ohiopyle to Connellsville
  • Trailheads: Confluence, Ohiopyle, Connellsville
  • Surface: 28 miles, crushed limestone
  • Character: Busy to crowded, wooded, mostly shady, flat to gentle grade
  • Special usage restrictions: No motorized vehicles; no snowmobiles; no horses
  • Amenities: Rest rooms, water, bike rental, food, wading, fishing

At the trail heads in Confluence, Ohiopyle, and Connelsville a variety of amenities are available including bike and river rentals, restaurants, pharmacy, and groceries.

At Confluence, the Youghiogheny Reservoir is located on the trail side of the river. The Youghiogheny and Casselman Rivers and Laurel Hill Creek come together at Confluence.

At Ohiopyle, the trail passes through the village and the heart of the magnificent Ohiopyle State Park.

In spite of traversing a mountain, the slope is very gentle making transit in either direction a pleasant one. Enjoy the splendour of this magnificent landscape in a personal way.

Contact Information

Yough River Trail Council
PO Box 988 PO
Connellsville PA 15425-0988
(724) 626-5994


Directions from the Inne at Watson's Choice

For the Ohiopyle Trail Head, follow directions to Ohiopyle State Park

For the Connelsville Trail head follow directions to Historic Connellsville.

To Confluence:

  • Turn Left [East] on Route 21 East
  • Travel 3.1 mi to traffic light at Route 119
  • Turn Right and stay to right following on-ramp sign to [US 119 South Morgantown/ US 40 East ]
  • This is the Uniontown By-Pass. Follow signs for US 40 East
  • Travel 8.3 miles to the top of Summit Mountain
  • After about 5.5 miles you'll start to climb the mountain (2.5 miles up from this is Point Lookout, a worthwhile quick stop).
  • At the top of the mountain to the right is the Summit Hotel

  • Continue to travel straight on US40 East for 13.8 mi to intersection of PA281 North
  • Turn Left on PA281 North
  • Travel 7.8 mi to Confluence

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