BRIEF NO. 31
Ohiopyle Falls
Project
Waypoints—Scenic Overlooks
Location
Ohiopyle State Park, PA
Subject
Ohiopyle Falls
Ohiopyle Falls

While the Monogahela, Mound Builders, were the first known group of people11These small stone mounds were used as burial sites by the Monongahela. to inhabit the Ohiopyle area​, the name Ohiopyle is actually derived from the Lenape​ (Delaware Indian) phrase ahi opihəle ​which​ translates to ‘it turns very white​.’ This is thought to refer to the foaming waters at the base of the falls and not to what appears to be stacked or piled stones that are the cause of all the boiling whiteness. It should be made clear that these cataracts are on the Youghiogheny River, known locally as the Yawk, and not the Ohio River. This potentially confusing naming convention dictates that we ask you to consult your map or mapping service for precise location information before beginning a journey to take in the view of these falls.

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