Last weekend my husband's brother, his wife and two of their boys (ages 21 and 16) came to PA on their way East for vacation .This was the first time whitewater rafting for 5 of us, and the one who had gone before went 20 years ago. Since we were all novices, and after reading the many reviews here on TripAdvisor, we decided to take the fully guided tour on the Lower Yough River. We are very happy we did!! It was such a blast we'll take all our summer visitors in the future, and the grandkids as soon as they are old enough.
Our guide, Dillon, was an absolute gem. He was so calm, really friendly and informative about the river, and avoided all the corny, ridiculous, canned jokes. Instead, we did a lot of family ribbing, and he told us about himself and joined in the teasing. He also related quite a bit about the Yough River, water levels, how the rapids work, some inside jokes of the river guides, etc. No one fell out of our boat and by the end, all agreed that we would like to try the Upper Yough Class 5 rapids next time we go out. But my sister-in-law and I are definite..we'll let the two hubbies and young guys go together, and we'll get our own raft. Maybe Dillon will be back then, too!
One thing we noticed about the Ohiopyle Trading Post outfit was that the accompanying kayakers and guides seemed to be the best-trained people on the river. They were adamant that we listen to their directions, but when people didn't listen and screwed up, they were getting rafts off rocks, or in the river and grabbing people so fast that we were very impressed. Two of us were Red Cross lifeguard trainers and swim instructors and we were still amazed at their skill!
The only cons (for some people):
It takes 3-5 hours, not counting your driving time.
Lunch is a make-your-own cold sandwich "buffet" on the rocks along the river.
There are no bathrooms along the river so you use the "facili-TREES". Watch out for poison ivy. If you brush against it, wash with Technu when you get home.
We knew all this from reading the website, and it didn't bother us at all. Thanks, Ohiopyle Trading Post, for a great experience!
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