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“Stay overnite in a Yurt”
Review of Ohiopyle

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23 reviews
11 helpful votes
“Stay overnite in a Yurt”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2010

I was curious to stay in a state park Yurt but when I searched on tripadvisor I was only able to find 2 pics of one but that was enuff to convince to try modern camping. After having a lovely long weekend at the Ohioplye state park camping area I decided to add a few more pictures of their comfortable yurts so others can decide if they'd enjoy modern camping...has everything u'll need but the kitchen sink! The other 3 yurts had their picnic table right on their decks...but it wasn't really a big deal. The last yurt is a handicap yurt right across from the bathroom/showers.

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lancaster, pa
2 reviews
13 helpful votes
“Liked the variety of activities and scenery”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2007

We stayed in Confluence, which is 10 miles south of Ohiopyle along the bike trail. We really liked Confluence. It's a very small town with a number of B&B's and restaurants. It's just big enough to have a supermarket and hardware store, which we appreciated for picking up items. It's flat which was nice for bicycling. Confluence is at the outlet of the Youghiogheny Dam. Since the water is pulled from the bottom of the dam, the river is extremely cold - it was less than 50 degrees according to the park ranger - we waded in the river just up to our ankles and it was painful and we had to get out. The only swimming area within the Confluence/Ohiopyle area is the small beach on the reservoir side of the dam. It felt nice in August. Ohiopyle has an area called the natural slides that people slide down. We did not do the slides, and we were told the water there was pretty low at the time.

We did whitewater rafting on the lower Youghiogheny, which starts at Ohiopyle and heads north. Since Ohiopyle is 10 miles north of the dam, the water is not as painfully cold at Ohiopyle. The rafting was ok, but the water level was very low. We found out too late that they let out more water on the weekends than during the week (the outfitters do not publish that fact). It took over 6 hours to get down the river because of the low water level. The guides were very good.

We also did rockclimbing through the same outfitter. The boys (ages 13 and 16) enjoyed it. We climbed two different rock faces, each about 30-40 feet high. I was glad it was in the shade. Again, the guide was very good.

We also bicycled from Confluence to Ohiopyle. Very nice scenery, very flat, and very shaded. A nice trip. Note that the trail splits off at Confluence and there is no bike trail to the reservoir/lake side. Due to the cold water, there is fog on the river every morning and evening. Note that as of the time we were researching our trip there was no map online showing the activity areas of the Youghiogheny reservoir/lake. Contact me if you would like a copy of the lake map.

It was a good trip, but if could do over again would do the rafting on the weekend due to the water level.

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