Late November Waterfalls at Ohiopyle State Park
I took advantage of the record warmth this past Monday to hike a few miles at Ohiopyle State Park in Fayette County, PA. The combination of steady rain the prior night and snow melt made for some excellent waterfall photography conditions. Other than a few bear hunters, I seemed to have the park to myself.
I parked at the Jonathan Run trail head lot just before sunrise, then made the 30 minute trek down the trail to my first stop, Upper Jonathan Run Falls. On this hike I decided that in addition to my traditional waterfall shots I would get some "selfies" in front of each one as well.
Continuing down the Jonathan Run trail, I temporarily passed by Lower Jonathan Run Falls and made my way to where that trail dead-ends into the Great Allegheny Passage bike trail. Hanging a left on the bike path, I made the easy quarter-mile hike to Sugar Run. Sugar Run Falls sits back off the bike path approx. 75 yards. The Mitchell Field trail leads directly to the bottom of the falls.
After finishing up at Sugar Run Falls, I back-tracked to Jonathan Run trail and upstream to Lower Jonathan Run Falls. Making the precarious descent down the banks to the base of the waterfall, I was again treated to excellent flow. Despite being the most difficult waterfall to reach at Ohiopyle, this is consistently one of my favorites to shoot.
Again back-tracking up Jonathan Run trail to where it intersects with Sugar Run trail, I hung a right on Sugar Run trail and hiked approx. 1/4 mile to the small footbridge over Fechter Run. Fechter Run Falls is just a few yards downstream from the footbridge. Normally this waterfall is nothing more than a trickle, but the conditions on this day made it a worthy subject to shoot.
After finishing up at Fechter Run Falls, I hiked for 30 minutes or so back to my car at the Jonathan Run trail head. I then drove approx. 10 minutes to get to the Cucumber Falls parking area where I would finish up the morning's shoot.
For those that prefer moving pictures, I shot 15-20 seconds of video at each waterfall. You can view that footage below. Enjoy!