The last time I came to Ohiopyle was in 2016, during the epic KVIITM75 bike ride from Pittsburgh to the Washington DC area. We had arrived at Ohiopyle on the second day of the ride, just in time for a late lunch stop and a detour to visit Fallingwater, the famous Frank Lloyd Wright built home. We had arrived in town with little time to spare, and somewhat tired from the ride from Perryopolis earlier in the day. We had picked up lunch from a restaurant near the place where we were to catch the shuttle to Fallingwater, and had decided to ride our bikes to the Ohiopyle waterfall to consume the food. Alas, we never found the waterfall, having misunderstood directions provided to us, and having taken a path into the woods instead of into town.
But I was determined to return to Ohiopyle some day, not necessarily to look for the waterfall, but to explore the beautiful state park nearby. The attraction of Fallingwater was actually what eventually led us to make the trip back to Ohiopyle last week. We entered the town on a road that actually went past a busy part of town (nowhere near the trail we had biked on), and there on our left, beside the parking lot, were the waterfalls! We spent some time walking through town before and after lunch. Here are some pictures.
The B&O and the Western Maryland railroad lines used to run through Ohiopyle on the two sides of the Youghiogheny river. The Western Maryland line has been converted to the Great Allegheny Passage. The old B&O line is now a CSX mainline connecting the eastern seaboard to the rest of the country. Ohiopyle is now a holiday spot with a focus on watersports and place for bike riders on the GAP to rest. The Ohiopyle State Park is on the other side of the bridge!