Our property is named after the Youghiogheny River. Youghiogheny is an Algonquin word meaning “a stream flowing in a contrary direction”, or in the case of the Yough, North toward Ohio Pyle and Pittsburgh. This section of the river is designated as a protected scenic corridor and you will feel the quiet isolation when sitting on the Crooked Butt Bench overlooking the big horseshoe bend in the river at the far back corner of our property. Another great place to enjoy the river is at what we call “Otter Point”, where there is a picnic table and platform with chairs on the edge of the river. This is the easiest access to the water. And if the river is low during your visit, feel free to wade across to the other side – Wild Yough owns the entire peninsula of land on the other side of the river and this is also bordered by State land.
The river banks are generally steep on the property, but the fishing for small mouth bass is exceptional. At Otter Point, there is a small turn around on the path just beyond Crooked Butt Bench where you can take out your canoe, kayak, or inner tubes after floating the 2+ miles from the Oakland bridge. Just be prepared to walk your water craft back up to the house or Glamping site as there is no motorized access to the river.
If you like to lay on the rocks in the sun or take the kids for some wading in the river, the best place is the farthest to walk to. Take the trail to “High Bluff”, then cross the Snyder property line (Permission for trail access only – do not leave trail!), then descend down and cross the bridge across Herrington Manor Creek (a stocked trout stream!). Wild Yough property is to your right along the river and there is a great place for lying in the sun, doing some fishing, or just wading into the cool waters of the Yough on a hot summer day.
Another favorite spot is on the State Land, upstream from our property. We call it “Rocky Bend” because of the large boulders and swift currents. I used to take my mountain bike here, but the trails on the state land took a severe hit from hurricane Sandy, so you’ll have to be prepared for some “log hopping”. But when you start to hear the peepers (they are incredibly loud here), then you know you are close. Cross a small swamp and listen for the rushing water. This is a great spot for reading a book in complete isolation.