Exploring the Natural Water Slides at Ohiopyle State Park

Ice cold water rushing through the Natural Water Slides at Ohiopyle State Park on a winter day.

The Natural Water Slides at Ohiopyle State Park are beautifully chiseled channels resembling a water park attraction, carved through the sandstone which forms the banks and bottom of Meadow Run.

Water rushing through the Natural Water Slides at Ohiopyle State Park.
Water rushing through the Natural Slides at Ohiopyle State Park.

Whether you want to ride the waterslides (yes you are allowed to do that) or just take in the scenery, here’s everything you need to know to explore and enjoy the Natural Water Slides at Ohiopyle State Park.

Caution sign near the Natural Water Slides at Ohiopyle State Park.

How to Find the Natural Water Slides at Ohiopyle State Park

The Natural Water Slides at Ohiopyle State Park are located on the southern outskirts of the Borough of Ohiopyle, right along Route 381.

How to find the Natural Water Slides at Ohiopyle State Park in Fayette County Pennsylvania.

If navigating by GPS, use coordinates 39.86211, -79.49487 to find the parking area, where you’ll see a set of wooden stairs leading down to the water slides along Meadow Run.

Stairway leading to the Natural Water Slides at Ohiopyle State Park.

If the parking lot is full, as it often is on a summer weekend, you can park in the lot next to Ohiopyle Falls and walk out the sidewalk to the slides.

Fall foliage views at Ohiopyle State Park.
Ohiopyle Falls on an October afternoon.

Experiencing the Natural Water Slides in All Seasons

While summer is when the Natural Water Slides see the most action, they are a fantastic sight in all seasons.

The Natural Water Slides at Ohiopyle State Park in October.

Winter is probably my favorite time to photograph the slides.

The Natural Water Slides at Ohiopyle State Park surrounded by ice and snow.

October means plenty of fall foliage.

The Natural Water Slides surrounded by fall foliage at Ohiopyle State Park.

Even on an icy grey morning in early spring, these unique geological formations along Meadow Run are a compelling scene.

Late winter scene from the Natural Waterslides at Ohiopyle State Park.

The small waterfall at the very bottom of the Natural Water Slides is my favorite scene to photograph here.

The lower portion of the Natural Waterslides at Ohiopyle State Park

Here’s the same vantage point in October.

Waterfall at the bottom of the Natural Water Slides at Ohiopyle State Park.

And in the dead of winter!

The Natural Waterslides at Ohiopyle State Park on a winter afternoon.

The fact that this is essentially a roadside attraction means there’s never a bad time to visit the Natural Water Slides at Ohiopyle State Park!

Ice formations along the Natural Water Slides at Ohiopyle State Park.

Nearby Attractions

The Meadow Run Trail at Ohiopyle State Park is a 1.85 mile loop hike featuring waterfalls, enormous rock formations, fossils, and all-around gorgeous Laurel Highlands scenery.

Fall foliage along the Meadow Run Trail at Ohiopyle State Park.
Fall foliage along the Meadow Run Trail at Ohiopyle State Park.

Nearby Cucumber Falls is arguably the most photogenic and most photographed waterfall in western Pennsylvania!

An autumn view of Cucumber Falls at Ohiopyle State Park.
Cucumber Falls at Ohiopyle State Park.

10 Must-See Waterfalls at Ohiopyle State Park gives you directions to ALL the best waterfalls close to the Natural Water Slides.

Fall foliage at Upper Jonathan Run Falls at Ohiopyle State Park.
Fall foliage at Upper Jonathan Run Falls at Ohiopyle State Park.

10 of the Best Hiking Trails at Ohiopyle State Park is your guide to 10 of my personal favorite hiking trails here, accompanied by a brief description of the highlights of each trail.

The author photographing a late winter sunrise at Baughman Rock Overlook.
The author at Baughman Rock along the Baughman Trail at Ohiopyle State Park.

Fallingwater, located just a few miles from Ohiopyle, was voted by the American Institute of Architects as “the best all-time work of American architecture”.

Fallingwater as seen from the "Classic View" on the Visitor Center map.
Fallingwater on a winter morning.

Fort Necessity in Fayette County is the site of the first battle in what would become known in North America as the French and Indian War.

The modern-day replica of Fort Necessity at the National Battlefield in Fayette County PA
Fort Necessity, near Ohiopyle in Fayette County.

Laurel Caverns in Fayette County is billed as “Pennsylvania’s Largest Cave”, and is a great way to spend an hour or two BENEATH the Laurel Highlands!

The overhead Grand Canyon of Laurel Caverns.
The overhead Grand Canyon at Laurel Caverns, near Ohiopyle State Park.

Looking for a place to call home during your stay in Ohiopyle?

Discover Ohiopyle offers an array of rustic cottages and cabins, luxurious honeymoon spots and retreats, hotels, campgrounds, and even more unique options, like tree houses!

An Ohiopyle vacation rental available through Discover Ohiopyle.
Photo courtesy of Discover Ohiopyle.

If you’re looking for an Ohiopyle lodging experience like no other, look no further than Discover Ohiopyle.

An Ohiopyle vacation rental home available through Discover Ohiopyle.
Photo courtesy of Discover Ohiopyle.

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