Ohiopyle State Park in southwestern PA is one of my favorite parks in the state. Unfortunately, many of the park’s biggest attractions, namely Ohiopyle Falls, Cucumber Falls, and the Natural Waterslides, can often get quite busy. One amazing spot that sees fewer visitors, however, is the Ferncliff Peninsula.
Ferncliff Peninsula has been designated as a National Natural Landmark and is located on the inside of a 180-degree turn in the Youghiogheny River. This bend in the river creates a 100-acre peninsula that is both unique ecologically and a fun place to explore.
If you are standing in the town of Ohiopyle and looking across the river, it is the peninsula that you see. Furthermore, if you are white water rafting in Ohiopyle, many of the park’s most well-known rapids are along the river next to this area.