Ohiopyle State Park is one of the most beautiful places in the whole world.
Today we took a trip out to one of our super secret locations along the Great Allegheny Passage to collect some chanterelles. We found enough to have a side dish with tonight’s dinner and they were tasty.
The other super secret location that we find them is along the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail. There were probably many more there, but it requires either a serious off road adventure in the truck or a 10 mile hike/trail run which involves several thousand feet of elevation gain. The truck adventure was attempted but the “road” was too washed out to make it down this year. We made it to both places last year and scored a huge bag full. Since it is such an adventure to get there, there really is no point in keep their location a secret. Simply start in Ohiopyle and hike to the Ohiopyle shelters along the LHHT sometime in August. You’ll find a few spots right along the trail, with large groups (colonies?) in the valley near the shelters. Good luck getting there, you are sure to see some beautiful scenery.
Hunting for Chanterelles reminds me of the times we went looking for them in Sweden. They were more abundant there, but much harder to find since the leaf litter matches the mushrooms. We were also able to find two other varieties in Sweden. I can still remember the amazing flavor of the big brain looking one. Parke and I were discussing that score during our adventure today. Hopefully Mats found a few this year. Looking at the photos of our last hunt in Sweden also reminded me that Marley went along on that trip and that was probably the last and best adventure we had with him. We miss you Marley!
Heading in to see if there are any around
Got some in the bag
Out of the bag and into the pan
Another good day in the mountains.
Paul paddling down the Middle Yough
Heading into the water gap
Markus focused and paddling
Markus taking a picture of me taking a picture of him
Cucumber Falls, is probably Ohiopyle State Park’s most beautiful waterfall. It is one of my favorite places to photograph.
The best place to view Ohiopyle Falls is from Lover’s Leap, on the Ferncliff side of the river. I’m looking forward to coming back in the early morning, just before sunrise, when the fog and mist are dense.
The best part of any trip to Ohiopyle is the post event candy bar, ice cream, or steak and cheese from Fall’s Market. Since Fall’s has gone under new managment, the place is looking great. They have upgraded the coffe selection, cleaned it out, and totally reorganized the store.