We travel to Ohiopyle for Episode 28. Meaning “Land of the White Frothy Water” we talk to outfitter Laurel Highlands where it’s not just about the rapids. There’s something for everyone in this Pennsylvania State Park that keeps people coming back for new adventures each year.
You can download this episode from your favorite podcast listening app (how?) or listen to it below. Check here for links, photos, and any video talked about during the show!
Drink of the Day
Always trying to stay on theme, our hosts chose Capri Sun Roaring Waters for the Drink of the Day in a flavored appropriately named, Berry Rapids. While this drink may take you back to your juice box days, it’s actually flavored water. Both hosts managed to finish this drink within the episode and maybe even a few more.
Brett joins us from Laurel Highlands! Laurel Highlands is an outfitter for all things outdoor in the Ohiopyle Pennsylvania State Park. There’s rock climbing, zip lining, mountain biking, gem mining, camping, and, of course, white water rafting.
Rafting can accommodate the whole family with tours for kids as young as age four. There’s even zipline courses for both kids and adults. Located on the Youghiogheny River, or Yough (“Yock”) for short, the rafting season runs March through October with wet suit rentals available.
Brett recommends you check out a few of the hidden gems in this area:
- Jonathan Run – somewhat of a local secret, you have to bike to this location and then hike
- Natural Water Slides – great to check out, but don’t necessarily need to participate in the slides, and don’t forget to hike up even further for some gorgeous views.
- Yough Lake Campground – this campground sits directly on the water
You can find more hidden secrets in the “Off the Beaten Path” post from Laurel Highlands themselves.
- Without a Paddle, starring Matthew Lillard, Dax Shepard, and Seth Green
- A River Runs Through It, starring Brad Pitt, Craig Sheffer, and Tom Skerritt
Hosts Ren and Cam love their food and asked Brett his number one place to eat in Ohiopyle. The answer? Ohiopyle House Cafe. A true farm-to-table experience, most of their ingredients come from local farms. With all the restaurants locally owned and operated, check out the interview with Cathy of Ray’s Tavern and why locally owned food is better.
Brett gave several ideas for places, festivals, and things to do that should be on your bucket list:
- Deep Creek Lake, Maryland
- C&O Canal
- Cheat River Water Trail
- Buckwheat Supper Festival
- Spirit of the River: Ohiopyle Wine and Art Festival
- Ohiopyle Biking Club
Here’s a clip of Jetboats running up rapids:
If you enjoyed this episode, you may enjoy the interview with outfitter Boggy Creek Airboats.