Metal bridge on the Great Gorge Trail near Cucumber Falls in Ohiopyle, PA
Cucumber Falls along the Great Gorge Trail in Ohiopyle State Park

Great Gorge Trail

Difficulty Length Time Route Type


4.9 mi

2 h 49 min

Out & Back

Great Gorge Trail is a 4.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on a leash.

Great Gorge Trail - Ohiopyle State Park

The Great Gorge Trail is a 4.9-mile out-and-back trail located in Ohiopyle State Park in Pennsylvania. The trail offers stunning views of the Youghiogheny River Gorge and several waterfalls.

The Great Gorge Trail begins at the Cucumber Falls parking area. The trail follows Cucumber Run for the first mile, and hikers will pass by several smaller waterfalls along the way. The trail then crosses Cucumber Run and begins to climb up the side of the gorge. The trail offers stunning views of the river and the surrounding mountains.

The trail then descends back down to the river and follows the river for the final mile. The trail passes by several more waterfalls, including the iconic Cucumber Falls. The trail then ends at the Natural Waterslide parking area.

The Great Gorge Trail is a well-maintained trail that is easy to follow. The trail is also open year-round, but it is best to hike during the spring or fall when the weather is mild.

Here are some tips for hiking the Great Gorge Trail:

  • The best time to hike the Great Gorge Trail is during the spring or fall when the weather is mild.
  • Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothing that is appropriate for the weather.
  • Bring a water bottle and snacks to stay hydrated and energized.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and watch out for slippery rocks.
  • Leave no trace by packing out all of your trash.

The Great Gorge Trail is a scenic hike with waterfalls. Be sure to add it to your list of places to visit!

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