We’re lucky here in Pennsylvania to have an abundance of rivers and lakes for watersports. Most of these waterways are calm and easy to navigate, but sometimes you feel like you’re in the mood for a little whitewater. Contrary to popular belief you could find real whitewater rafting here in Pennsylvania (as opposed to the fake rafting we do every summer).
Ohiopyle State Park is located about 40 minutes southeast of Pittsburgh (It’s a 4 hour drive from here in Lancaster) and home to some of the only Class III and IV rapids in the state. The park is bisected by the Youghiogheny River and the 14 mile Youghiogheny River gorge is the busiest section of whitewater east of the Mississippi.
The park itself doesn’t offer white water rafting, but does have plenty of hiking, natural water slides, and cheap camping in cabins, tents, or yurts. You could find rafting outfitters here and here. This is the link to the town’s official website, They’re also supposed to have great hiking, and xc ski trails in the winter months.
A trip out to Ohiopyle (or semi-nearby WV rafting) is definitely on my agenda for this summer.