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Cucumber Falls

Ohiopyle State Park

Laurell Highlands, Pennsylvania

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  • The parking lot for Cucumber Falls is located close to the top of the falls.- Cucumber Falls
  • This trail before reaching the falls.- Cucumber Falls
  • Cucumber Falls from the top of the hill.- Cucumber Falls
  • The pathway down is decent.- Cucumber Falls
  • Some of the stairs are not very even.- Cucumber Falls
  • Some other stairs.- Cucumber Falls
  • Cucumber Falls from below. Low flows provide more opportunities to explore.- Cucumber Falls
  • Here is a shot from below looking up to the top of the pathway.- Cucumber Falls
  • Hiking around Cucumber Falls.- Cucumber Falls
  • Looking back at Cucumber Falls near the water.- Cucumber Falls
  • There was no trail, and some of the rocks can get slippery.- Cucumber Falls
  • The pathway to the Youghiogheny River- Cucumber Falls
  • The pathway to the Youghiogheny River- Cucumber Falls
  • The pathway to the Youghiogheny River- Cucumber Falls
  • The Youghiogheny River.- Cucumber Falls
  • The low water level allows for exploration along the Youghiogheny River.- Cucumber Falls
  • The low water level allows for exploration along the Youghiogheny River.- Cucumber Falls
  • There are no actual paths, so climbing and scrambling along is necessary.- Cucumber Falls
  • The views along the river are well worth the hike.- Cucumber Falls
  • Beautiful fall colors along the Youghiogheny River.- Cucumber Falls
  • Beautiful fall colors along the Youghiogheny River.- Cucumber Falls
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Great views. Waterfall. River.
Cons: 
Big crowds.
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Region:
Laurell Highlands, PA
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
30.00 ft (9.14 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Fall
Total Distance: 
1.00 mi (1.61 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
30.00 ft (9.14 m)
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Cucumber Falls is one of the most popular trails in Ohiopyle State Park mainly because it is easy to get to and the geography is unique. Because it gets busy, it is best to visit either early in the morning or right before sunset.  

Ohiopyle State Park is located along the Youghiogheny River, and its geology is similar to other areas within the Appalachian Mountains. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, "Cucumber Falls plunges about 30 feet over a resistant lip of coarse-grained sandstone of the Alleghany Formation. The lower portion of Cucumber Falls is made up of softer, finer grained rocks, which makes them erode much more quickly."  Even though Cucumber Falls' low volume in the late summer makes for a less than impressive water fall, the ability to explore so much of the area below the falls makes it completely worth a late season trip. The water cutting into the rocks makes for interesting scenery with almost a spooky feel.

Follow the tributary down to Youghiogheny River and you'll be greeted with a beautiful scenery of mountains, water, and rapids. Even though the river itself moves quickly, the area where the tributary meets the river is shielded by rocks that make for great swimming ponds.  There are no blazed trails along the river bank, but you can still walk along it; just choose your steps carefully and watch for slippery rocks. The views from some of the rocks further down the river are well worth it.

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