Visiting Ohiopyle State Park
I had a chance to visit Ohiopyle State Park in Fayette County, PA over the weekend. Because of the damp conditions, cool temps, and stiff breeze it felt like I had the place to myself Saturday morning, save for a few hardy kayakers on the Yough.
I started out at Cucumber Falls just before sunrise. I usually start here just because it tends to be the most crowded later on in the day, due to the fact that it is so easy to get to. Park, walk a few yards, descend a set of stairs. Turned out I had this one all to myself for the hour or so that I shot there. After exploring a few different angles and contending with steady drizzle and moisture on my lens, I decided to move on over to nearby Ohiopyle Falls.
Cucumber Falls Parking Area
Ohiopyle Falls are also very easy to get to. The main observation area is next to the new Visitors Center in the Borough of Ohiopyle itself. Again - park, walk a few yards, and you're there. I prefer to photograph these falls from the opposite side of the Youghiogheny River by hiking down the Ferncliff Trail. On this particular November morning there were still a few trees clinging to their yellow/gold leaves on the near side of the Yough, so including them in my compositions made my decision on where to shoot the falls from a no-brainer.
Ferncliff Trail Parking Area - Ohiopyle Falls
I finished up my morning at Ohiopyle by visiting the Cascades Falls along Meadow Run. The parking area for this hike is off of Dinnerbell Road, near the Park Office. A brisk 20 minute trek over some hilly terrain put me at the falls. These cascades/falls span the width of Meadow Run, so a wide angle lens is very helpful if you are trying to capture them all in one shot (without using a panorama mode). I spent about 45 minutes here taking it all in, and then hiked back to my car and headed home, impressed once again by the variety of waterfalls in this southwestern PA gem of a park.
Cascades Falls Parking Area
Here are a few minutes of HD video footage from the falls that I shot Saturday morning, for the full sight and sound experience!