Turbulent rapids and wild shorelines of the Youghiogheny River highlight natural wonders of the Appalachian Mountains, and midway on the stream’s revealing path, Ohiopyle State Park is a showcase of beauty and has become a recreational hotspot where the river thunders over its iconic falls and cascades through the wooded gorges of Pennsylvania. With deep reflection, a compelling sense of adventure, and family ties to the waterway going back many generations, author Tim Palmer wrote Youghiogheny: Appalachian River in 1984 as the essential biography of this river and region. Now, in this revised and expanded edition of his classic narrative on this special landscape and its people, he revisits the river, addresses the changes that have occurred since the book was first published, and poses the question: What will happen to this historic and cherished place?
Lyrical and informative, this classic account of nature and culture in the mountains of Pennsylvania captivates readers with its stories of a spectacular river, of modern recreation, and of adaptations in both when these two great forces meet.
The finest book ever written about a Pennsylvania River.
No one captures the magic of flowing water and its passage across the land better than Tim Palmer, preeminent author of books on American rivers. This revealing update of Youghiogheny leads us through timeless vistas and ever-shifting cultures.—Tom Horton,retired environmental reporter, Baltimore Sun
Tim Palmer brilliantly captures the Youghiogheny’s riffling and whitewater journey through our scenic Laurel Highlands. He illuminates one of our most beloved rivers and parks, and he shows us how vital they are to communities.
Tim Palmer, a native of Beaver, PA., is a writer and photographer who has explored America from Alaska to Florida. He is also author of America’s Great River Journeys and Twilight of the Hemlocks and Beeches. See http://www.timpalmer.org