“There’s no wifi in the forest, but you’ll never make a better connection”Unknown
This past year we have been going on more and more hikes all over the Pittsburgh area. I think Youghiogheny River Trail to Jonathan River Falls my new favorite trail! I have been using the app: ‘All Trails’ which provides me a lot of information about trails ahead of time such as the length, route type, and (most importantly) driving directions!
When you arrive at Youghiogheny River Trail there is a large parking lot. We had no trouble finding a spot. From the parking lot, the trail head is straight ahead.
The first thing you will notice about the trail is how well it is kept. Everything is very well marked and easy to follow. Because the path is only 4-5 feet wide and with lots of large trees, you will find the path to be shaded and cool – even on the warmest of days!
The waterfall is actually kind of hard to find. For the most part during the hike you are following along a creek, so at nearly all times you can stop and find water to cool off in. As you hike, you will come across two wooden bridges – when you get to the second wooden you are VERY CLOSE to the waterfall turn. It is not marked, but I did find another trail market (see pictures below).
Getting down to the waterfall is NOT easy. You have to climb down and over many rocks and it is fairly steep. In addition to being steep, the rocks are very slick so you will need to hold onto anything you can find. Honestly, I was a little worried on my way down the hill that I would grab a rock that would have a snake sleeping in a hole. I know…that’s just my imagination – but it did go through my mind!
Enough talking about the trail – let’s look at some pictures!
I would call this trail ‘medium busy’. You will be off by yourself for the most part but you will come across other hikers from time to time. This particular hike crosses 3-4 other trails, so there is a lot of options to further explore this area.
The trail itself is easy to follow and is very well marked.
Walking the path is not the easiest. You need to ensure you have good footing and there is a lot to trip over (rocks sticking up, tree roots, etc.) and everything is slick and damp because there is a not a lot of sunlight that makes it through the trees. (Remember, the trail is just 3 or so feet across and very well shaded.)
I would NOT recommend this trail for young children or those who have trouble walking uneven surfaces. In addition to the uneven surfaces, the trail itself goes up and down a few small hills. Nothing major, but definitely not flat.
Overall – I recommend this trail and hike for families with kids 6+.
Michelle has been working in real estate since 2006, first as an investor and then as an agent. I know and love Pittsburgh! Its charm, vitality, and people invigorate me and I’ve been championing it for years.
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