Ohiopyle Family Fun

Whitewater Boy Scout Merit Badge… Ohiopyle is the perfect location

Ohiopyle has long been a scouters high adventure destination.  In fact, it was through scouting that our founders, Lance and Lee Martin came to Ohiopyle and founded Wilderness Voyageurs.  Today, we are the largest provider of scout high adventure programs in the mid-atlantic.   One of the most popular programs that we offer for Boy Scouts  in Ohiopyle is the Whitewater Merit Badge.  It involves two days of in depth instruction, utilizing three different whitewater crafts, and three different sections of the Youghiogheny River.

You will need a prerequisite merit badge in the form of a Canoeing Merit Badge.  Even though you can have either a Kayaking Merit Badge or a Canoeing Merit Badge to qualify for the program, we ask that you have the Canoeing Merit Badge due to the demands of the first day on the river.

Middle Yough Rafting Ohiopyle

Finding the Clean Line!

Meet at Wilderness Voyageurs main campus, get issued your safety equipment, enjoy a safety briefing and hop on the bus to the Middle Yough put-in. Day one of the program is in two person canoes.  The group will be paddling down the Middle Yough.  Once there, you will grab your paddles and canoes and hit the water.  Down stream you will find class I and II rapids where you will practice paddle strokes, rescues, reading rapids, and, most importantly, have fun.

Day two will be spent in and around Ohiopyle.  The first part of the day will be spent in the wonderful whitewater class room that is Z rapid.   A class II-III rapid with multiple chutes and a big gentle pool at the bottom, it provides a wide variation of challenge and opportunity for the novice and intermediate paddler.  Get ready to wet exit, eddy turn, attain, and paddle hard!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Whitewater Merit Badge Wilderness Voyageurs

Boy Scouts Learning to Kayak




Wilderness Voyageurs Whitewater Merit Badge

Ducking it Up!

After lunch it will be time to hop on a duckie, an inflatable sit on top kayak, and paddle the Loop. For a complete overview of the duckie, check out our duckie video.  

The Loop is the first mile and half of the Lower Yough, and consists of seven class II-III rapids.   Starting just below Ohiopyle Falls and ending just before the high bridge, this section is a wonderful way to finish off an amazing two day adventure.  

In addition to the scouts earning a truly unique merit badge, we hope to turn them into whitewater enthusiasts and maybe even a few will become river guides.

Looking forward to having your troop down to Ohiopyle and on the river with us!

Stop in and chat with us if you are in the area and want to know more about this really great program.

Read about other Merit badges in Ohiopyle..



Benjamin Scoville

Wilderness Voyageurs, Inc.
103 Garrett Street 
Ohiopyle, PA 15470
800 272 4141
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Ohiopyle Cross Country Skiing Nirvana!

Customers often come into the Wilderness Voyageurs store and ask me what there is to do around here in the winter.  Well, since we got this 10 inch snowfall…cross country skiing!!!  There are some amazing trails in Ohiopyle State Park for all skill levels.  If you are looking for a flat and easy trail the Great Allegheny Passage bike trail is perfect.  The state park will usually groom the bike trail if we get enough snow.  Looking for more of a challenge? Sugarloaf mountain is fun and offers more downhill action.  Sugarloaf often has snow when the park doesn’t, due to its higher elevation.  You can park in the snowmobile area and just follow the hiking trails.  Laurel Ridge State Park and its groomed cross country ski trails is only 15-20 minutes from Ohiopyle.  The Ohiopyle State Park camp ground is another great option, with a series of trails looping out from the camp ground complex.  One the one hint for those trails; make sure it has been under freezing for week or so.  The trails can get boggy.  No fun to get a wet ski.

Ohiopyle Sunset Wilderness Voyageurs

The sun setting on another great ski on sugar loaf.

Ohiopyle winter Wilderness Voyageurs

Fresh turns to be had at an undisclosed location.  

Ohiopyle trails Wilderness Voyageurs

The Great Allegheny Passage prime for cross country skiing fun

Don’t like skiing? Bring along your hiking boots and check out all the beautiful winter scenery in Ohiopyle.   Cucumber falls freezes over and the Ohiopyle Falls turns beautiful shades of blue, you just don’t see in other seasons.  Please, don’t forget to stop by the Wilderness Voyageurs store for warm layers and winter gear.  Winter clothing and gear is now 20 percent off!  Just in time!  Winter just got here!  On Thursdays you could do an after work cross country ski, get warm and stretch those muscles in yoga, and hit the Falls City Pub for some delicious homemade pizza and a refreshing beer.  The Falls City Pub has great homemade food specials and a wonderful beer selection.  Plus it is toasty warm.  Hope to see you there!

This post written by Kate the store chick.

Wilderness Voyageurs  103 Garrett Street,  Ohiopyle, Pa 15470




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July in Ohiopyle

We’re having a really great summer here at WV:

Just kidding. Today we’re actually in the middle of another summertime heatwave! T

Happy in the July Heat!

f happy paddlers out on the water:

After your whitewater rafting trip,  you might be surprised to find that there are a lot more to do in Ohiopyle than rafting the Yough and browsing the sale racks at Wilderness Voyageurs!

If you’re feeling adventurous, try checking out the miles and miles of superb mountain biking trails in the area. Or take a spin down the Great Allegheny Passage – Just make sure you’re a little more safety-savvy than these guys… wear a helmet!

Or if you’re into a solo adventure, you could spend your day hiking around the park. The hiking trails provide a wide range of difficulty from moderate to intense – just don’t forget your bugspray and sunscreen!

Hot and tired after all that cardio? Take a dive into the river or head down the Natural Waterslides for some cool river fun.

Or if you need to chill out in some good old fashioned A/C, pop into the State Park visitor center for an invigorating game of checkers:

If you need to decompress, Ohiopyle even offers a fantastic hot-yoga class on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. You can even find the full list of classes online here.

At the end of the day, it’s probably time to reward yourself with a sweet treat from the Ohiopyle Bakery & Sandwich Shoppe! Or perhaps better yet…..a delicious beverage from Falls City Restaurant & Pub

Happy Trails! Have fun in Ohiopyle!

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School Is Almost Out….Time To Go Rafting in Ohiopyle!

School is almost out, and it’s time to celebrate summer break by planning a rafting trip with Wilderness Voyageurs!!   With temperatures in the 90’s this week, going on a trip down the Lower Yough here in Ohiopyle is the best way to cool off.  Come on out and enjoy the fun times waiting to be had.

The Lower Yough offers excitement and adventure for folks starting at age 12 and up, so bring the entire family!  You’ll get  some sun and cool off in the river, while enjoying the natural beauty of the Laurel Highlands, all on your rafting adventure!  So pack up the kids and head to Ohiopyle, PA.  Hope to see you soon!

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Winter isn’t Over Yet

We’ve had some warmer weather and Upper Yough releases this past weekend with more warm weather coming this week.  However winter isn’t over yet and your in luck if you need some winter gear!

Chuck might round house you if you don't take advantage

If your looking for creeking gear we just got in gloves and mambas.  With creeking season coming up it might be time to consider a new rescue vest.  Check back here for the coming review on the Stohlquist and Astral pfd’s.

Remember – Wilderness Voyageurs Outfitter Store is open year round! So if you come into Ohiopyle to enjoy the winter views, cross country skiing, snowshoeing or winter kayaking & you can come warm your fingers and toes in the store. Falls City Restaurant & Pub is open Thursday – Monday with great beers on tap and nightly specials.

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Family Fun in Ohiopyle !

Come out this Saturday, Feb 5th,  for the 5th annual Winterfest from 11-4 sponsored by Friends of Ohiopyle(FOO)

Winterfest is a great way for the whole family to come out and experience Ohiopyle in the winter time and see the state park is a great place all 4 seasons!

Activities take place at the Sugarloaf Sledding Area in Ohiopyle State Park

February 5, 2011
11 am-4 pm

Activities will include Sledding (some sleds will be available for use, it’s recommened you bring your own)

  • Sleigh Rides
  • Dog Sled Demonstrations
  • Cross country skiing and snowshoeing (Equipment is available for use at no cost)
  • Children’s activities
  • Food and Drinks
  • Bon fire
  • Much more!

There is no admission fee to the event, but donations are welcome and benefit Friends of Ohiopyle, which sponsors the event

For more info contact Barbara Wallace at 724.329.0986 or at eohiopyle@qcol.net


There is something for everyone and all ages, some of the activities going on will be snowshoeing, sled dog demonstrations, sledding, horse-drawn sleigh rides and the human sled dog race!  There will also be free introduction to cross country skiing.

If you want to have fun just hiking and tromping through snow we also have snowshoes for rent at the store and 30% off winter gear!

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