Blue Ridge Outdoors Top Towns: Ohiopyle, Pa.

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If you’re looking for an unassuming whitewater mecca, look no further than Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania. With a tiny year-round population of 77, Ohiopyle itself is diminutive, but the surrounding scenery is outstanding, and the Youghiogheny River, which horseshoe bends around the center of town, is one of the top whitewater destinations in the country.

So intertwined are the waters of the Yough with this town’s geographical character,that its very name comes from an Iroquois word meaning frothy water. Beyond whitewater, the Youghiogheny offers some of the finest fly-fishing in Pennsylvania. When looking to match the hatch on the Yough, concentrate on the portion that extends from the brink of Ohiopyle Falls to the dam at Confluence, Pa.

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DID YOU KNOW? In addition to its world-renowned status as a haven for whitewater enthusiasts, Ohiopyle is also situated along one of America’s best bike trails. At 150 miles long, the Great Allegheny Passage is a recently completed “rail to trail” that stretches from Pittsburgh, PA to Cumberland, MD.

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