Ohiopyle State Park is well-known for its waterfalls, tourist facilities, and day-use activities. But, there seems to be less attention given to the great camping opportunities within the park. Cue the Purple Lizard Department of Adventure to swoop in and fill the void. Follow below as we present a quick teaser of just a handful of less popular, yet maybe more rewarding, options that you can experience this year when you visit Ohiopyle State Park.
Pictured above is a canvas yurt. Yurt camping is available at Ohiopyle State Park, and if you haven't tried it out, we highly recommend the experience! Yurts sleep 5 people and include a stove, fridge, microwave, and wooden deck. If you want a solid shelter structure, but aren't quite ready for a yurt, reserve a camping cottage (cabin). Cottages sleep 5 people and include electricity!
Kentuck Campground offers 27 walk-in sites, some which are open to pets!
A walk-in site is just what it sounds like - the camping area is a few hundred feet from the parking area. The beauty here: These sites provide more space and privacy than traditional PA state park campsites.
The campground also offers electric hook-up sites, a few group sites, showers, running water, and nature programs. Be sure to call the park and check online to reserve a campsite before you arrive!
Of course you're going to want to have a campfire at your site. Campfire rings are available at all sites, and firewood is for sale just outside the campground. So go ahead and try something new like a yurt or a walk-in site.
Several hiking trails lead from the campground to different parts of the park. Kentuck Trail leads from the campground to Tharp Knob Picnic Area.
This spectacular view of downtown Ohiopyle, pictured in mid-April, is only a short hike from the campground.
Here's the same view, pictured in mid-June. Your Ohiopyle-Laurel Highlands Lizard Map marks special places like these with small purple lizard icons. This way, you can quickly identify, locate, and discover truly interesting places when you visit!
This great vista is alongside the roadway just before you enter Kentuck Campground!
The Great Allegheny Passage is only a short distance from Kentuck Campground. While there is a nice gravel bike/hike trail to and from the rail-trail and the campground, it is steep, so park officials ask that cyclists walk their bikes along this trail.
When you do reach the Great Allegheny Passage, you'll find a smooth cinder and paved surface perfect for spinning more miles on your bike than you can count!
Of course we're not going to give away any secret pictures of these houses, but to give the slightest hint of detail, have a look at the detail of the bird houses in the front lawn. Be sure to visit these properties the next time you visit Ohiopyle State Park and Laurel Highlands!
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