3 h 20 min
Out & Back
Kentuck Trail Information - Ohiopyle State Park
The Kentuck Trail is a 6.6-mile out-and-back trail that offers stunning views of the Youghiogheny River Gorge. The trail is located in Ohiopyle State Park, which is a popular destination for hiking, camping, fishing, and whitewater rafting. The Kentuck Trail is a great hike for all levels of hikers, and it is a great way to see the beauty of Ohiopyle State Park.
The trailhead for the Kentuck Trail is located at the Tharp Knob Picnic Area. The picnic area is located off of State Route 381, about 45 minutes south of Pittsburgh. There is a parking lot at the trailhead, and there are restrooms and a water fountain available.
The Kentuck Trail begins at the trailhead and heads north. The trail climbs gradually through a forest of hardwood trees, with occasional views of the river gorge below. After about a mile, the trail reaches an overlook with a bench, where you can take a break and enjoy the views.
From the overlook, the trail continues on a more level path, passing through a variety of habitats, including meadows, forests, and rock formations. The trail is well-maintained and easy to follow, and there are no major elevation changes.
After about two miles, the trail reaches a junction with the Great Gorge Trail. If you're looking for a longer hike, you can continue on the Great Gorge Trail for another 3.5 miles to reach the Cucumber Falls overlook.
To complete the Kentuck Trail out-and-back, turn around at the junction and follow the trail back to the Tharp Knob Picnic Area. The total round-trip distance is 6.6 miles, and the hike should take about 3 hours to complete.
The Kentuck Trail is open year-round, but it can be muddy in the spring and fall. Be sure to wear sturdy hiking shoes or boots, and bring plenty of water and snacks. Be aware of the weather forecast and dress accordingly.
Things to See and Do
Along the Kentuck Trail, you can enjoy stunning views of the Youghiogheny River Gorge, see a variety of wildlife, and get some exercise. You can also visit the Ohiopyle Visitor Center, go whitewater rafting on the Youghiogheny River, hike the Great Gorge Trail, visit the Cucumber Falls overlook, go fishing in the Youghiogheny River, go camping at Ohiopyle State Park, visit the town of Ohiopyle, or have a picnic at the Tharp Knob Picnic Area.
- The trail is open year-round, but it can be muddy in the spring and fall.
- Be sure to wear sturdy hiking shoes or boots.
- Bring plenty of water and snacks.
- Be aware of the weather forecast and dress accordingly.
- Let someone know where you're going and when you expect to be back.
Enjoy your hike on the Kentuck Trail!