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Just over 62 miles from Johnstown, Ohiopyle is a wonderful place to get back to nature.

By Roger Gordon

It could be called this area’s Grand Canyon. “Ohiopyle State Park is the deepest gorge in the state,” says Park Manager Ken Bisbee, “from the top of the western edge of the Appalachian Mountains to the Youghiogheny River. The area is one of the most beautiful places in Pennsylvania. The park draws people from all over the world.”

Ohiopyle State Park surrounds the tiny borough of Ohiopyle, the only state park in Pennsylvania that completely encompasses a town. “The town and the park are very connected,” says Tamara Peffer, Bureaus of State Pennsylvania Parks communications liaison. “The town is an integral part of the park and the park is integral to the town.” The name “Ohiopyle” was derived from the Native American Indian word “ohiopehhla,” meaning white frothy water.

Whether on land or water, visitors to Ohiopyle State Park have a smorgasbord of activities from which to choose. Opened in 1971, Ohiopyle is the largest state park in Pennsylvania - 20,500 acres and 32 square miles.

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