Day-tripping with Bear Run as your base

May 5, 2004
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Day-tripping with Bear Run as your base
Question: Where is Bear Run Nature Preserve near the Yough? We are going whitewater rafting and climbing and we would like to camp cheaply. Thank you for your wonderful information. God Bless.

Gregory Kett
Grand Rapids, MI
[email protected]

Adventure Adviser: Bear Run is a stone's throw (almost) from the Yough, making it an ideal--and cheap--base camp for day trips in the area. A half-dozen or so free campsites are spread along a network of hiking trails that criss-crosses the pine- and oak-forested plateau overlooking Bear Run.

The closest tent site to the parking area is about a half-mile in; for easy access to Bear Run, set your sights on site #4. When you're not braving high water and roiling rapids on the Yough, consider biking the trails in the adjacent Ohiopyle State Park; the 17-mile hardpack trail along the Yough is especially scenic.

If you don't have room to bring your bikes, Wilderness Voyageurs (800-272-4141) in nearby Ohiopyle will rent you fat-tire steeds for about $15 per day. To get there, take Exit 9 off I-70 and take Pennsylvania 31 and 381 south about 22 miles to the parking area at Bear Run Center.

For more camping details and trail maps, call the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy at 412-288-2777. Camping is free and unrestricted, and sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis only.

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