The name Ohiopyle is derived from a Lenape phrase ahi opihəle meaning “it turns very white,” which refers to the dozens of frothing waterfalls that fill this region. The town of Ohiopyle is a permanent home to less than 100 people year round, but it’s one of Pennsylvania's most sought-after tourist spots. The surrounding state park is comprised of over 20,000 acres of hiking and endless wilderness, and while the summer might seem like the perfect time to visit given all of the outdoor recreation, you'll find that Ohiopyle transforms into a quiet and beautiful place during the fall with a lot less tourists than usual, but still plenty of activities.
Ohiopyle State Park is full of trails, including one around Ferncliff Peninsula that will take you to the Ohiopyle Falls, a National Natural Landmark. After exploring the Great Allegheny Passage, go back to town for Ohiopyle's Fall Buckwheat Supper, an annual event where the community comes together to enjoy live entertainment, local craft vendors, and all-you-can-eat buckwheat pancakes with plenty of other breakfast fixings.
No one should come to this part of Pennsylvania without visiting what the Smithsonian has deemed one of 28 places to visit before you die. Fallingwater is an organically designed home brought to life by Frank Lloyd Wright. Built partially over a waterfall, the innovative structure is built to complement its surroundings, and is a must-see feat of 20th century architecture.
Must-eat foods: Apple dumplings and pumpkin black bean chili from Ohiopyle Bakery & Sandwich Shoppe; fried pickles at Falls Market; fresh baked sourdough bread at Bittersweet Cafe.