This Epic Natural Waterslide in Pennsylvania is Comprised Entirely of Rock

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The hottest days of the summer always present us with a dilemma. Will we stay in the comfy confines of our air-conditioned houses or brave the sticky outdoors for some sun and natural scenery.

From beaches to waterparks, there are tons of options for those looking to cool down from the summer heat. However, there's simply nothing as unique or incredible as this natural waterslide located inside Ohiopyle State Park. If you're on the hunt for a summer adventure, keep reading to learn more about this natural wonder.
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Located in the Laurel Highlands region in the southwestern corner of the state, Ohiopyle State Park is located in Fayette County about an hour and a half south of Pittsburgh.

The park is home to over 20,000 acres of natural land containing hiking trails, waterfalls, rivers, and a camping area.

To find this natural waterslide you'll need to follow the signs to the Meadow Run Trail. The trailhead can be found in the parking area south of downtown Ohiopyle on Dinnerbell Road.

About 2 miles in length, this short hike is considered relatively easy. You'll pass through shaded woods that offer a terrific refuge, especially on hot days. Along the way, you'll notice giant rhododendron rocks perfect for climbing and beautiful waterfalls, and plenty of access points that make for scenic views.
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Continue to follow the trail as it leads down from the cascades. You'll find lots of unique side trails leading to great views of Meadow Run.

One of those side trails leads to Flat Rock, a very unique place for hikers to take a break and cool off in the water. When the water is high it creates what the park refers to as 'natural slides' that visitors can float down.
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This thrilling ride will take you over the creek bed and into a small but super refreshing pool of water. Although it is safe, park officials recommend using caution when visiting this area as natural hazards do exist like slippery and possibly sharp rocks. It's advised to come prepared with water shoes and a raft if you plan on taking a ride down the water. There are no lifeguards present.
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Interesting to note, this natural waterslide was formed over a 300 million-year shaping process of sandstone. It is not unheard of to suffer a couple of bruises if you decide to take a ride down the slide, but well worth it for the fun and unique experience.

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