Meadow Run Trail, Ohiopyle State Park
Length: 3 Miles
Sights: Cascades, Flat Rock, Natural Waterslides
Level: Easy-Moderate Hiking
With the trailhead right before the heart of Ohiopyle, Meadow Run is easily one of my favorite after-work loops. The trail provides access to fantastic views of Cascades as well as a nice place to sit and hang out at Flat Rock, and connects to Cucumber Falls and the waterslides if you’re with friends. This trail also leads to some great spots for fishing. I don’t fish, but I the parking lot is full on the first day of trout season and I usually run into someone in waders, so I assume there’s good spots.
None-the-less, the trail is absolutely beautiful and the loop takes a little over an hour or so to finish. I take the middle branch to begin, there’s a slight downhill grade in that will get you access to the water, and then it turns and gives you a nice workout at the end, uphill. Worth it, though, because you get this little snippet of beauty:
After this spectacle you take a right (there’s rocks marking your way) and start uphill to begin the last bit of the hike, passing the climbing area as you go. You’ll end up back at your car refreshed and happy.