Cucumber Run Falls

Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania

This sampling site is located just upstream of Cucumber Falls.

Cucumber Falls is a popular waterfall located just outside the town of Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania. Visitors can enjoy the view of the falls with minimal hiking, though many choose to hike to the base of the 30 foot bridal veil waterfall. Fishing is popular at the confluence with the Youghiogheny, about 300 yards downstream from the falls. Our monitoring location is in the pool below the falls.

Note this is not a designated swimming area, though the pool at the base of the falls is popular among visitors. Swim at your own risk.

NEVER attempt to jump into the pool at the base of the falls, it is very shallow.

Amenities:
Parking: Small lot is located at entry way to Cucumber Falls viewing area and trail. Spaces for 10-15 cars.
Restrooms: Not available at the site. Closest restrooms are at Tharp Knob picnic area (pit toilets) or Ohiopyle Visitor's Center (flushing)
Changing House: Not available at site. Closest is at Ohiopyle state park.
Life Guards: Not available at the site. Not an official swimming area, swim at your own risk!
Cell Phone Service: Minimal at best, don't rely on having service.

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Meets water quality standards

  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on June 29th, 2022. Youghiogheny Riverkeeper/Mountain Watershed Association updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on June 30th, 2022 at 12:42 PM.
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Monitoring Frequency

Cucumber Run Falls is sampled weekly from May 1st to September 30th.

Source Information

The Youghiogheny Riverkeeper is a program of the Mountain Watershed Association, and was created to be the public advocate for the Youghiogheny River. Through grassroots efforts, the Riverkeeper defends against pollution, improves water quality, and conserves the ecological character and integrity of the entire region. Mountain Watershed Association will be testing popular swimming, wading, and paddling spots for E. coli so that users can make informed decisions about where to safely recreate! E. coli, and in particular one strain called O157:H7, is an emerging cause of foodborne and waterborne illness.

Our program follows the US EPA standards for recreational primary contact. That standard states that surface waters should not exceed an E. coli level of 126 MPN/100mL on an average.

A beach is marked Green when a sample results do not exceed this criteria.
A beach is marked Red when a sample exceeds this criteria.
A beach is marked Grey when there is no current or reliable water quality information.

Beaches and other designated swimming locations are tested regularly, but areas not designated for swimming (swimming holes, locations along the river) are often not. Most streams in the region will have some measurable level of E. coli, however, by limiting your contact recreation to areas with lower levels you can greatly reduce your risk of water-borne illness.

Throughout the swim season, May 1 to September 30, MWA will take weekly water samples in the Youghiogheny River watershed extending from the mouth of the Yough at McKeesport upstream to Confluence and at several locations on tributaries.

All of this data is easily accessible and updated every Friday on MWA’s website, www.mtwatershed.com and at theswimguide.org. Finally, you can sign up for text alerts to be notified when new data are made available.

Text “YoughSwimmableWaters” (no spaces) to 84483 to subscribe (data and messaging rates may apply)!

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Water Quality Graph

Cucumber Run Falls

Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Meets water quality standards
  • Current Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on June 29th, 2022. Youghiogheny Riverkeeper/Mountain Watershed Association updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on June 30th, 2022 at 12:42 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  

This sampling site is located just upstream of Cucumber Falls.

Cucumber Falls is a popular waterfall located just outside the town of Ohiopyle, Pennsylvania. Visitors can enjoy the view of the falls with minimal hiking, though many choose to hike to the base of the 30 foot bridal veil waterfall. Fishing is popular at the confluence with the Youghiogheny, about 300 yards downstream from the falls. Our monitoring location is in the pool below the falls.

Note this is not a designated swimming area, though the pool at the base of the falls is popular among visitors. Swim at your own risk.

NEVER attempt to jump into the pool at the base of the falls, it is very shallow.

Amenities:
Parking: Small lot is located at entry way to Cucumber Falls viewing area and trail. Spaces for 10-15 cars.
Restrooms: Not available at the site. Closest restrooms are at Tharp Knob picnic area (pit toilets) or Ohiopyle Visitor's Center (flushing)
Changing House: Not available at site. Closest is at Ohiopyle state park.
Life Guards: Not available at the site. Not an official swimming area, swim at your own risk!
Cell Phone Service: Minimal at best, don't rely on having service.

Monitoring Frequency

Cucumber Run Falls is sampled weekly from May 1st to September 30th.

Source Information

The Youghiogheny Riverkeeper is a program of the Mountain Watershed Association, and was created to be the public advocate for the Youghiogheny River. Through grassroots efforts, the Riverkeeper defends against pollution, improves water quality, and conserves the ecological character and integrity of the entire region. Mountain Watershed Association will be testing popular swimming, wading, and paddling spots for E. coli so that users can make informed decisions about where to safely recreate! E. coli, and in particular one strain called O157:H7, is an emerging cause of foodborne and waterborne illness.

Our program follows the US EPA standards for recreational primary contact. That standard states that surface waters should not exceed an E. coli level of 126 MPN/100mL on an average.

A beach is marked Green when a sample results do not exceed this criteria.
A beach is marked Red when a sample exceeds this criteria.
A beach is marked Grey when there is no current or reliable water quality information.

Beaches and other designated swimming locations are tested regularly, but areas not designated for swimming (swimming holes, locations along the river) are often not. Most streams in the region will have some measurable level of E. coli, however, by limiting your contact recreation to areas with lower levels you can greatly reduce your risk of water-borne illness.

Throughout the swim season, May 1 to September 30, MWA will take weekly water samples in the Youghiogheny River watershed extending from the mouth of the Yough at McKeesport upstream to Confluence and at several locations on tributaries.

All of this data is easily accessible and updated every Friday on MWA’s website, www.mtwatershed.com and at theswimguide.org. Finally, you can sign up for text alerts to be notified when new data are made available.

Text “YoughSwimmableWaters” (no spaces) to 84483 to subscribe (data and messaging rates may apply)!

Read more
Water Quality Graph

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