Cucumber Falls at Ohiopyle State Park
Cucumber Falls is often referred to as one of the most dramatic and beautiful waterfalls in western PA. It is one of the most accessible ones as well, making it even more popular. Located just a quick car ride from downtown Ohiopyle, the waterfall can be easily viewed from an observation deck just feet from the parking lot. There is also a path that allows you to explore the entire area below the waterfall, and further down Cucumber Run. It is fairly safe and easy to find different vantage points, including going behind the waterfall!
If leaving from the Ohiopyle State Park Visitor Center, head South on Main St. (rt 381) and take your first right onto Ohiopyle Rd. After a short but extremely steep climb, you'll come across the parking area on your right with room for about 20 cars. For a more precise location, you'll be able to find the parking lot at the following Latitude and Longitude: 39.86292743534698,-79.50217948052756.The only possible downside to something so majestic being this accessible is of course the amount of people that will be there to enjoy it at the same time as you. If you're looking to photograph the falls or enjoy some time in solitude, I recommend not only going during the week but also early in the morning.
The only possible downside to something so majestic being this accessible is of course the amount of people that will be there to enjoy it at the same time as you. If you're looking to photograph the falls or enjoy some time in solitude, I recommend not only going during the week but also early in the morning.
Cucumber Falls varies pretty widely in the amount of flow depending on the time of year and amount of recent rainfall. While the flow was pretty small for most of my trips in the Fall, I've had quite a bit of luck in the Spring. Luckily, it's still worth the trip even at low flow, as the 30 foot drop is dramatic no matter what.
As there is quite a bit of area below the falls, it means there are several good vantage points, and many features that can be used in the foreground when composing a shot. There are a few large rocks further downstream that can be worked into the composition, giving more depth to the scene.
Here's a video that I took of Cucumber Falls - be sure to check your volume before clicking as it may be unexpectedly loud:
Here's a map to make it even easier for you to find it, and also see where each of my photos was taken from!
Check out my full gallery of photos from Ohiopyle State Park here:
Hopefully you enjoyed my photos of Cucumber Falls! Feel free to leave a comment below.
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