Winterfest at Ohiopyle State Park

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A two-horse open sleigh takes passengers for a ride at Winterfest.
A two-horse open sleigh takes passengers for a ride at Winterfest.

Winterfest at Ohiopyle State Park is a celebration of outdoor winter activities in one of the most picturesque locations in the Laurel Highlands of Western PA.

I’ve attended several times with my daughter, so I thought I’d put together some helpful tips of what to expect, as well as ideas for additional winter activities you might enjoy while you’re in Ohiopyle.


Winterfest FAQ’s

When is Winterfest at Ohiopyle State Park?

Saturday, February 1, 2020 from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm.

Where is Winterfest at Ohiopyle State Park

The bulk of the activities take place at the Sugarloaf sledding area along Sugarloaf Road, 4 miles southeast of the town of Ohiopyle.A map showing the location of Winterfest at Ohiopyle State Park along Sugarloaf Road.

Can I use my navigation system to find the Sugarloaf sledding area?

Yes – use GPS coordinates 39.832044, -79.458148.

Are there restrooms available at Winterfest?

Yes – there are restrooms at the Sugarloaf sledding area, as well as at the Visitors Center in Ohiopyle itself.

Are food and drinks available at Winterfest?

Yes – the Friends of Ohiopyle sell food and drinks near the warming hut at the Sugarloaf sledding area.

What activities are available at Winterfest?

Sled riding, sleigh riding, snow shoeing, cross-country skiing, and self-guided hiking/sightseeing.

What does Winterfest cost?

Sled riding: free (bring your own sled).
Sleigh rides: $5 for adults, $3 kids 4-12, free for kids 3 and under.
Snow shoeing: bring your own or free loaners available.
Cross-country skiing: bring your own or free loaners available.


Sled Riding at Winterfest

An adult sled rider tests his luck on the Sugarloaf sledding hill at Winterfest.
An adult sled rider tests his luck on the Sugarloaf sledding hill at Winterfest.

The most popular activity at Winterfest at Ohiopyle State Park always seems to be sled riding.

A sled rider displaying the head-first technique at Winterfest.
A sled rider displaying the head-first technique at Winterfest.

Young and old alike take their turns flying down Sugarloaf Knob.

A sled rider wipes out at Winterfest.
A sled rider wipes out at Winterfest.

As with auto racing, the most exciting part as a spectator is some of the spectacular wipeouts!

My daughter after a successful run down the Sugarloaf sledding hill at Winterfest.
My daughter after a successful run down the Sugarloaf sledding hill at Winterfest.

There is no cost to sled ride, and you can take as many turns as you like. You do need to bring your own sled though.


Sleigh Riding at Winterfest

The sleigh gets ready to depart from near the base of the Sugarloaf sledding hill.
The sleigh gets ready to depart from near the base of the Sugarloaf sledding hill.

Sleigh rides are another wildly popular draw at Winterfest at Ohiopyle State Park.

The rides depart and return from in front of the parking area at the Sugarloaf sledding area.

The cost for sleigh rides is $5 for adults, $3 for kids 4-12, and 3 and under ride free.

The view from a sleigh ride at Winterfest at Ohiopyle State Park.
The view from a sleigh ride at Winterfest at Ohiopyle State Park.

The ride is worth every penny though.

Haille getting to know one of the Percherons at Winterfest.
Hailee getting to know one of the Percherons at Winterfest.

And if you have a horse lover in your family, it’s a chance to get a close-up look at the majestic Percherons that pull the sleigh.


Sightseeing at Winterfest

While not “official” Winterfest events, this is an excellent opportunity to see some of Ohiopyle State Park’s most magnificent sights in snowy conditions.

Taking in the view from Baughman Rock Vista during Winterfest.
Taking in the view from Baughman Rock Vista during Winterfest.

Baughman Rock Overlook is just down the road from the Sugarloaf sledding area.

Checking out Cucumber Falls during Winterfest at Ohiopyle State Park.
Checking out Cucumber Falls during Winterfest at Ohiopyle State Park.

Cucumber Falls is another close-by attraction that looks particularly stunning in the winter.

Hiking to Ohiopyle Falls along the Ferncliff Trail while attending Winterfest at Ohiopyle State Park.
Hiking to Ohiopyle Falls along the Ferncliff Trail while attending Winterfest at Ohiopyle State Park.

And of course the namesake Ohiopyle Falls are a worthwhile stop at Winterfest.

Fallingwater as seen from the "Classic View" on the Visitor Center map.
Fallingwater as seen from the “Classic View” on the Visitor Center map.

Finally, I’d suggest a quick drive up Route 381 to tour the grounds at Fallingwater, especially if you’ve never been there in the winter.


Final Thoughts about Winterfest

Percherons pulling a sleigh at WInterfest at Ohiopyle State Park.
Percherons pulling a sleigh at Winterfest at Ohiopyle State Park.

I’ve never had less than a stellar time at Winterfest at Ohiopyle State Park.

Surrounded by fellow outdoor enthusiasts in one of the grandest of all Pennsylvania State Parks, it’s hard to imagine a better way to spend a winter afternoon!

The author and daughter at Baughman Rock Overlook during Winterfest.
The author and daughter at Baughman Rock Overlook during Winterfest.

So round up your friends and family and head out to Winterfest at Ohiopyle State Park – you’ll be glad you did!


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