The 12 Best Places to View Fall Foliage at Ohiopyle State Park

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Fall foliage around the High Bridge at Ohiopyle State Park in the Laurel Highlands.

The fall foliage at Ohiopyle State Park is famously beautiful!

So famous in fact the USA Today recently ranked the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania (of which Ohiopyle State Park is a part of) the #3 place in the entire United States to view fall foliage.

USA Today Top 10 Fall Foliage Destination in the United States
USA Today Top 10 Fall Foliage Destination in the United States

And they used one of my photos to illustrate the point!


But Ohiopyle State Park is a BIG place – over 20,000 acres!

So how do you find the BEST spots to view fall foliage there?

I’ll show them to you!

Fall foliage around Lower Jonathan Run Falls at Ohiopyle State Park.
Fall foliage around Lower Jonathan Run Falls at Ohiopyle State Park.

Follow along as I share with you the 12 best places to view fall foliage at Ohiopyle State Park!


1. Ohiopyle Falls

What better place to start than at the namesake Ohiopyle Falls, located right next to the Visitor Center in the heart of downtown Ohiopyle.

Fall foliage at Ohiopyle Falls in Fayette County.
Fall foliage at Ohiopyle Falls in Fayette County.

There are MANY different vantage points to view Ohiopyle Falls from, and I discuss them all in my write-up on the falls HERE.

Fall foliage at Ohiopyle Falls in the Laurel Highlands.
Fall foliage at Ohiopyle Falls in the Laurel Highlands.

2. Cucumber Falls

Quite possibly THE most photogenic (and most-photographed) waterfall in western Pennsylvania, Cucumber Falls lives up to the hype come October!

An autumn view of Cucumber Falls at Ohiopyle State Park.
Fall foliage around Cucumber Falls at Ohiopyle State Park.

Even during a dry spell, Cucumber Falls looks resplendent, surrounded by a blanket of garnet and gold leaves.

Fall foliage at Cucumber Falls in Ohiopyle State Park.
Fall foliage at Cucumber Falls in Ohiopyle State Park.

You can find directions to Cucumber Falls, as well as a history of how it came to be part of Ohiopyle State Park, in my write-up HERE.

Fall foliage in the Laurel Highlands at Cucumber Falls.
Fall foliage in the Laurel Highlands at Cucumber Falls.

3. Baughman Rock Overlook.

Not only is Baughman Rock a fantastic place to view fall foliage at Ohiopyle State Park, but it’s also one of the 10 best scenic overlooks in the Laurel Highlands.

The author photographing an autumn sunrise at Baughman Rock Overlook.
The author photographing an autumn sunrise at Baughman Rock Overlook.

Whether you’re there first thing in the morning or late afternoon, you’ll be greeted by a sea of fall foliage at Baughman Rock Overlook.

A sunny autumn afternoon at Baughman Rock Overlook.
A sunny autumn afternoon at Baughman Rock Overlook.

4. Jonathan Run Trail

The Jonathan Run Trail is my FAVORITE waterfall hike in western Pennsylvania, and it gets even better in October!

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

The two main waterfalls along the trail (Upper and Lower Jonathan Run Falls) are complemented by nearly 2 miles of cascades and swirling pools of water and leaves.

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

Fechter Run Falls

Fechter Run Falls along the Sugar Run Trail is a waterfall I normally visit when hiking the Jonathan Run Trail, as the two are so close together.

Fall foliage at Fechter Run Falls, Ohiopyle State Park.
Fall foliage at Fechter Run Falls, Ohiopyle State Park.

You’ll find a map and directions to Fechter Run Falls in my write-up HERE.


6. The Low Bridge at Ohiopyle State Park

The Low Bridge carries the Great Allegheny Passage over Route 381 / Main Street in downtown Ohiopyle.

The Low Bridge over the Youghiogheny River surrounded by fall foliage.
The Low Bridge over the Youghiogheny River surrounded by fall foliage.

The Low Bridge makes for both a scenic vantage point and a cool compositional subject when viewing and photographing the vibrant fall foliage at Ohiopyle State Park!

Fall foliage in Ohiopyle at the Low Bridge on the Great Allegheny Passage.
Fall foliage in Ohiopyle at the Low Bridge on the Great Allegheny Passage.

7. The High Bridge at Ohiopyle State Park

Located less than a mile north of the Low Bridge, the High Bridge at Ohiopyle State Park towers over the Youghiogheny River as it carries the Great Allegheny Passage towards Connellsville.

Fall foliage around the High Bridge at Ohiopyle State Park.
Fall foliage around the High Bridge at Ohiopyle State Park.

As with the Low Bridge, the High Bridge is both superb vantage point and subject in its own right.

Fall foliage around the High Bridge over the Youghiogheny River along the Great Allegheny Passage.
Fall foliage around the High Bridge over the Youghiogheny River along the Great Allegheny Passage.

8. Sugar Run Falls

Whether you get there by hiking the Mitchell Trail or by biking the Great Allegheny Passage, Sugar Run Falls is a welcome sight in October.

Fall foliage at Sugar Run Falls at Ohiopyle State Park.
Fall foliage at Sugar Run Falls at Ohiopyle State Park.

Both the larger Sugar Run Falls (directly above the Great Allegheny Passage) and the smaller Lower Sugar Run Falls (below the bike path) are splendid places to view fall foliage at Ohiopyle State Park.

Fall foliage at Lower Sugar Run Falls at Ohiopyle State Park.
Fall foliage at Lower Sugar Run Falls at Ohiopyle State Park.

9. Meadow Run Trail

Meadow Run is not only one of the largest tributaries of the Youghigheny River at Ohiopyle State Park, it’s also one of the best places to see fall foliage at Ohiopyle State Park!

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

The deep pools and cascades along Meadow Run are also a big draw for those who enjoy fly fishing.

Fly fisherman at Flat Rock along the Meadow Run Trail.
Fly fisherman at Flat Rock along the Meadow Run Trail.

I describe a complete loop hike to see the sights along Meadow Run in my write-up HERE.

Fall foliage at the Upper Cascades on Meadow Run at Ohiopyle State Park.
Fall foliage at the Upper Cascades on Meadow Run at Ohiopyle State Park.

10. Ferncliff Trail

The Ferncliff Trail is a 2 mile loop hike that takes you around the Ferncliff Peninsula and along the banks of the Youghiogheny River.

Fall foliage along the Ferncliff Trail at Ohiopyle in the Laurel Highlands.
Fall foliage along the Ferncliff Trail at Ohiopyle in the Laurel Highlands.

Park next to the Low Bridge in downtown Ohiopyle, and hike this easy trail to some amazing fall foliage views!

Fall foliage along the Ferncliff Trail at Ohiopyle State Park.
Fall foliage along the Ferncliff Trail at Ohiopyle State Park.

11. Bruner Run Falls

I consider Bruner Run Falls one the 10 must-see waterfalls at Ohiopyle State Park anytime of year, but even moreso in October!

Waterfalls along Bruner Run at Ohiopyle State Park.
Waterfalls along Bruner Run at Ohiopyle State Park.

Located at the northern edge of the park, you’ll find a map and directions to Bruner Run Falls in my write-up HERE.


12. Youghiogheny River Overlook

The Youghiogheny River Overlook is located along the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail as it passes through Ohiopyle State Park.

The Youghiogheny River Overlook along the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail.
The Youghiogheny River Overlook along the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail.

An uphill hike approximately 1.77 miles from the LHHT trail head in Ohiopyle, you can find the Youghiogheny River Overlook at GPS coordinates 39.85707, -79.46388.

The Youghiogheny River Overlook at Ohiopyle State Park.
The Youghiogheny River Overlook at Ohiopyle State Park.

So there you have it – the 12 best places to view fall foliage at Ohiopyle State Park!

Fall foliage leaf swirls at Sugar Run Falls at Ohiopyle State Park.
Fall foliage leaf swirls at Sugar Run Falls at Ohiopyle State Park.

Nearby Attractions

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Fall foliage at Seven Springs Resort in Somerset County Pennsylvania.
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Then be sure to check out “20 Fabulous Fall Foliage Destinations in the Laurel Highlands of PA”!

Beam Rocks Overlook in the Forbes State Forest.
Beam Rocks Overlook in the Laurel Highlands of PA.

Neighboring Somerset County is home to an incredible fall foliage covered bridges tour!

New Baltimore Covered Bridge in the fall.
New Baltimore Covered Bridge in the fall.

You’ll find directions to all 10 Somerset County covered bridges in my write-up HERE.

Fall foliage at Walters Mill Covered Bridge in Somerset County PA
Walters Mill Covered Bridge in Somerset County.

Can’t get enough PA waterfalls and fall foliage?

An autumn view of Lewis Falls on State Game Lands 13 in Sullivan County, PA.
An autumn view of Lewis Falls on State Game Lands 13 in Sullivan County, PA.

Then be sure to check out “35 PA Waterfalls for Fall Foliage Lovers”!

Fall foliage at Rusty Run Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.
Fall foliage at Rusty Run Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.

“15 PA State Parks Perfect for Fall Foliage Lovers” will guide you to 15 of the finest Pennsylvania state parks for experiencing amazing fall foliage views.

Boating at Greenwood Furnace State Park in October.
Boating at Greenwood Furnace State Park in October.

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