Ohiopyle - Something For Everyone

The town of Ohiopyle is located in the lush Allegheny Mountains of southwestern Pennsylvania in Fayette County Pennsylvania. Ohiopyle is a nature lover's paradise, and offers some of the best hiking, biking, and camping opportunities in the region. The Youghiogheny River passes through the park, and there's plenty of opportunity for whitewater rafting, canoeing, and fishing. For those looking for something a little more leisurely, you can spend the day at one of the many wineries, restaurants - or spend the night. With spectacular views, relaxing natural environment, and a plethora of outdoor activities and attractions, Ohiopyle promises a vacation full of relaxation and inspiration.

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The first known group of people to inhabit the Ohiopyle area were the Monongahela, a clan of the Mound Builders. These Native Americans disappeared from the scene just as European colonists were beginning to arrive in North America. As the east coast was settled, the Native Americans who lived closer to the Atlantic Ocean were exterminated or forced to flee to the west. Various tribes inhabited the Ohiopyle area at this time, preceding their ultimate removal following the French and Indian War. One of the few remnants of American Indian culture that can be found in the area is in the name. "Ohiopyle" is derived from the Lenape phrase ahi opih…ôle which means 'it turns very white', referring to the frothy waterfalls.

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George Washington tried to use the Youghiogheny River as a means to reach Fort Duquesne and take it back from French soldiers, but was forced to abandon the river passage by the waterfalls in the Ohiopyle area. He quickly setup Fort Necessity in response to threats of an imminent French attack. The colonial forces of Washington were overwhelmed by the French and their Indian allies in the Battle of the Great Meadows at Fort Necessity. The loss at Fort Necessity marked Washington's only military surrender. These battles are considered the opening shots of the French and Indian War which would spread to the Old World and become the Seven Years' War.


In 1871, railroads reached Ohiopyle. The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and eventually the Western Maryland Railroad had stations in Ohiopyle. At the turn of the century, lumbering became a major industry with narrow gauge railroads snaking around the hills, hauling lumber to mills in town and larger railroad lines.

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