Cucumber Falls Gorge Rim Area

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View from Cucumber Falls Gorge Rim Area

Ohiopyle's most scenic waterfall dominates the senses along the rim of Cucumber Gorge. While visitors are offered an option to cross a bridge and Cucumber Run where they can see the water and its rock floor end precipitously, most will be drawn down through rustic stairs in a jungle of rhododendrons to one of Ohiopyle's top observation points where a banister provides the arm rest for your uninterrupted view of the deep hollowed out Cucumber Gorge created by the 30 some foot tall Cucumber Falls, a beautiful veil waterfall that flows over a sandstone ledge. In the summer you'll likely witness people climbing behind the waterfall with an outstretched hand to touch the gush of water falling from above. In the winter you'll see an icy spectacle featuring in extreme times a crystal castle of ice with a mountain of mist created snow nearby. Hemlocks provide some color year round and a stark contrast to the Golden leaves of color in autumn or the neon green new leaves of May.

Features to Experience

Cucumber Falls Cucumber Gorge Cucumber Run

Caution

The parking lot that provides access to the waterfall is easily filled during the summer months and on weekends.

How to Access

A special parking lot for Cucumber Falls can be found along SR 2019. A short walk leads to the rim of the gorge.

Adjacent Places

Cucumber Gorge Bottom

More Information

Continuing down a trail and more man made steps allows you to descend to an area of large broken rocks made wet by water dripping from the overhanging ceiling of sandstone above, and following along the cliff will allow you to get a view of the waterfall from the side. Now the falls almost resembles a bright shower falling down into what feels like a dark cavern that Cucumber Gorge often resembles. The fresh scents of moss, hemlocks, and mountain water is particularly fresh on a humid morning. In the fall the smell of fallen leaves instead dominates the atmosphere.