50 of the Best Scenic Overlooks in PA

Hikers taking on the view at Hyner Run State Park.
Hikers taking on the view at Hyner Run State Park.

Pennsylvania is home to thousands of incredible scenic overlooks!

From man-made urban vistas to remote wilderness perches, here are some of my favorite elevated views in all of Pennsylvania.

Hikers taking in the view at Big Mountain Overlook near McConnellsburg PA
Hikers taking in the view at Big Mountain Overlook near McConnellsburg, PA.

This is not meant to be a comprehensive list, but rather a starting point to inspire you to get out and find your own favorites!

A summer view from the upper overlook at Chimney Rocks Park in Hollidaysburg.
A summer view from the upper overlook at Chimney Rocks Park in Hollidaysburg.

For each overlook mentioned, simply click on the blue text link for more information about that particular destination.

A paraglider launches from Tuscarora Summit along Route 30 in Fulton County PA
A paraglider launches from Tuscarora Summit along Route 30 in Fulton County, PA.

Best Urban Overlooks in PA

From little towns to our largest cities, Pennsylvania is home to some fantastic urban overlooks, and here are a few of my favorites.

A view of downtown Hollidaysburg from Chimney Rocks Park.
A view of downtown Hollidaysburg from Chimney Rocks Park.

Mount Washington

The view from the Duquesne Incline on top of Mount Washington into downtown Pittsburgh has been called one of the best urban vistas in the world, and one look will tell you why!

The view from Mount Washington in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
The view from Mount Washington in Pittsburgh.

Johnstown Inclined Plane

Speaking of inclined planes, the view into downtown Johnstown from the top of the world’s steepest inclined plane is spectacular!

The view from the Johnstown Inclined Plane in Cambria County PA
The view from the Johnstown Inclined Plane in Cambria County.

Shikellamy Overlook

Shikellamy Overlook in Union County offers panoramic views of Sunbury, Northumberland, and the Susquehanna River.

Shikellamy Overlook in Union County PA.
Shikellamy Overlook in Union County PA.

Mount Nittany

Hiking to the top of Mount Nittany is a rite of passage for Penn Staters and visitors to State College.

Penn State campus as viewed from the MIke Lynch Overlook on Mount Nittany.
Looking towards downtown State College from Mount Nittany.

Chimney Rocks Overlook

Chimney Rocks Park near Hollidaysburg in Blair County is home to 3 impressive scenic overlooks in a beautiful borough park setting.

An overcast fall day at Chimney Rocks Overlook near Hollidaysburg PA
An overcast fall day at Chimney Rocks Overlook near Hollidaysburg PA

Mapleton Overlook

Mapleton Overlook along the Standing Stone Trail (near the top of the famed 1000 Steps) in Huntingdon County offers a birds-eye view in to the little town of Mapleton, along the Juniata River.

A train passing through Mapleton as viewed from the Mapleton Overlook along the Standing Stone Trail.
A train passing through Mapleton as viewed from the Mapleton Overlook along the Standing Stone Trail in Huntingdon County.

Tharpe Knob Overlook

Tharp Knob Overlook in Fayette County offers a wonderful view of the town of Ohiopyle, along the banks of the Youghiogheny River.

Tharp Knob Overlook at Ohiopyle State Park.
Tharp Knob Overlook at Ohiopyle State Park.

Lion’s Valley Vista

Lion’s Valley Vista offers views into State College and the Penn State campus from an elevated position in the Rothrock State Forest.

Lions Valley Vista overlooking State College and Penn State.
Lions Valley Vista overlooking State College and Penn State.

Best Lake View Overlooks in PA

Pennsylvania is home to plenty of elevated lake views, and here are some of the best.

Fall foliage as viewed from Cowans Gap Overlook.
Fall foliage as viewed from Cowans Gap Overlook.

Hawn’s Overlook

Overlooking Pennsylvania’s largest self-contained lake, Hawn’s Overlook in Huntingdon County is a must-see when passing through the Raystown Lake region.

Looking out over Raytown Lake from Hawn's Overlook in late December.
Looking out over Raytown Lake from Hawn’s Overlook in late December.

Kettle Creek Vista

Kettle Creek Vista in the Sproul State Forest offers a commanding view of Kettle Creek Lake in Clinton County.

Kettle Creek Vista overlooking Kettle Creek State Park in Clinton County.
Kettle Creek Vista overlooking Kettle Creek State Park in Clinton County

Cowans Gap Overlook

Cowans Gap Overlook along the Standing Stone Trail in Fulton County is a marvelous vantage point to observe Cowans Gap Lake, and is accessible by foot or by horse!

A horse and rider along the Knobsville Road Trail at Cowans Gap Overlook.
A horse and rider along the Knobsville Road Trail at Cowans Gap Overlook.

Stevenson Dam Overlook

Stevenson Dam Overlook in Cameron County offers visitors the chance to observe bald eagles and wild elk, in addition to the fantastic view of Stevenson Reservoir at Sinnemahoning State Park.

Stevenson Reservoir at Sinnemahoning State Park in Cameron County.
Stevenson Reservoir at Sinnemahoning State Park in Cameron County.

Camp Buckey Overlook

Camp Buckey Overlook in Somerset County provides a gorgeous vantage point to take in Deer Valley Lake and the surrounding countryside.

The view from Camp Buckey Overlook in October.
The view from Camp Buckey Overlook in October.

High Point Lake Overlook

Located near the highest point in Pennsylvania, High Point Lake Overlook is a terrific roadside vista in Somerset County.

The view of High Point Lake from the observation area along South Wolf Rock Road on Mount Davis.
The view of High Point Lake from the observation area along South Wolf Rock Road on Mount Davis.

Best River View Overlooks in PA

Here are some of the most remarkable river overlooks in all of Pennsylvania!

Looking out over Pine Creek from Colton Point State Park
Looking out over Pine Creek from Colton Point State Park

Hyner View

With an astounding view of the West Branch of the Susquehanna River, it’s no wonder that Hyner View in Clinton County consistently ranks as one of the top scenic overlooks in all of Pennsylvania.

Fall foliage views for miles at Hyner View State Park.
Fall foliage views for miles at Hyner View State Park.

Youghiogheny River Overlook

The Youghiogheny River Overlook along the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail offers a breathtaking view of the Youghiogheny River as it passes through Ohiopyle State Park.

The Youghiogheny River Overlook along the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail.
The Youghiogheny River Overlook along the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail.

Sinnemahoning Vista

Sinnemahoning Vista offers a superb view of the Sinnemahoning Creek valley from a roadside vantage point located along Keating Mountain Road in Clinton County.

Sinnemahoning Vista along Keating Mountain Road in Clinton County.
Sinnemahoning Vista along Keating Mountain Road in Clinton County.

Fields Ridge Road Overlook

Fields Ridge Road Overlook is an impressive roadside vista offering a commanding view of the West Branch of the Susquehanna River as it passes through the Sproul State Forest in northern Centre County.

Fields Ridge Road Overlook in Centre County.
Fields Ridge Road Overlook in Centre County.

Colton Point State Park

Colton Point State Park along the west rim of the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon is home several roadside or almost-roadside views of the Pine Creek Gorge.

The view of the PA Grand Canyon from Colton Point State Park
The view of the PA Grand Canyon from Colton Point State Park

Loyalsock Canyon Vista

Loyalsock Canyon Vista (sometimes simply called Canyon Vista) is the most famous overlook at Worlds End State Park in Sullivan County, in large part because you can drive right up to this wondrous view of Loyalsock Creek.

Canyon Vista in the Loyalsock State Forest
Canyon Vista at Worlds End State Park in Sullivan County.

Turkey Path Overlook

The Turkey Path is a popular mile-long hiking trail at Leonard Harrison State Park that combines stunning views of Pine Creek and the PA Grand Canyon with several outstanding waterfalls.

View near the Turkey Path trailhead at Leonard Harrison State Park
View near the Turkey Path trailhead at Leonard Harrison State Park

Keating Mountain Road Vista

Keating Mountain Road Vista offers a picturesque view of the West Branch of the Susquehanna River from a roadside pull-off in the Sproul State Forest.

Keating Mountain Road Vista in Clinton County.
Keating Mountain Road Vista in Clinton County.

High Rock Vista

High Rock Vista at Worlds End State Park provides an exquisite view of Loyalsock Creek from the High Rock Trail.

View of Worlds End State Park office from High Rock Overlook

Penns View

Penns View is located along Poe Paddy Drive in the Bald Eagle State Forest, and offers a marvelous view of the bend in Penns Creek far below.

Penns View overlooking Penns Creek in the Bald Eagle State Forest.
Penns View overlooking Penns Creek in the Bald Eagle State Forest.

Best Mountain View Overlooks in PA

Here are some of the best overlooks in Pennsylvania to gaze upon one mountain from another.

The Ledges Trail Overlook in Huntingdon County at Trough Creek State Park.
Ledges Trail Overlook at Trough Creek State Park.

Bucktail Overlook

Bucktail Overlook, also locally known as Mason Hill or The Top of the World, sits high above Driftwood, Cameron County, in the Elk State Forest.

Bucktail Overlook Elk Viewing Area in Cameron County Pennsylvania.
Bucktail Overlook in Cameron County.

Square Timber Vista

Square Timber Vista is one of six breathtaking vistas along a 3.5 mile stretch of Ridge Road in Cameron County.

Square Timber Vista along Ridge Road in the Elk State Forest.
Square Timber Vista in Cameron County.

Upper Alpine Vista

Upper Alpine Vista is located along the Loyalsock Trail near Worlds End State Park.

Upper Alpine Vista in the Loyalsock State Forest.
Upper Alpine Vista in the Loyalsock State Forest.

Wolf Rocks Overlook

Wolf Rocks Overlook is located approximately 9 miles northwest of Somerset in the Forbes State Forest.

Fall foliage at Wolf Rocks Overlook in Somerset County PA
Fall foliage at Wolf Rocks Overlook in Somerset County PA

Ledges Trail Overlook

Ledges Trail Overlook is one of the best overlooks at Trough Creek State Park in Huntingdon County.

An autumn scene at the Ledges Trail Overlook at Trough Creek State Park.
An autumn scene at the Ledges Trail Overlook at Trough Creek State Park.

Best Valley View Overlooks in PA

The fertile valleys of Pennsylvania are best appreciated from high above, and here are some of the most magnificent overlooks in PA to do just that.

View from Indian Lookout Vista in the Rothrock State Forest.
View from Indian Lookout Vista in the Rothrock State Forest.

David’s Vista

David’s Vista is accessed via the Jackson Trail in the Rothrock State Forest.

Blue skies over David's Vista near State College.
Blue skies over David’s Vista near State College.

Big Mountain Overlook

Big Mountain Overlook offers one of the most expansive valley views in all of Fulton County.

Big Mountain Overlook on a December afternoon.

Baughman Rock Overlook

Baughman Rock Overlook at Ohiopyle State Park is a phenomenal place to watch the sunrise over the Youghiogheny River valley.

The author photographing an autumn sunrise at Baughman Rock Overlook.
Sunrise at Baughman Rock Overlook in Fayette County.

Flat Rock Vista

Flat Rock Vista gives the intrepid hiker a stunning view of the Cumberland Valley from a mountaintop perch in the Tuscarora State Forest.

A hazy spring day at Flat Rock Vista.
A hazy spring day at Flat Rock Vista.

Bear Meadows Overlook

Bear Meadows Overlook is actually a series of overlooks along the Mid State Trail in the Rothrock State Forest.

Bear Meadows Overlook in Centre County Pennsylvania
Bear Meadows Overlook in Centre County, Pennsylvania.

Indian Lookout

Indian Lookout in Huntingdon County sits high above the Spruce Creek Valley in the Rothrock State Forest.

Exploring Indian Lookout in the Rothrock State Forest.
Indian Lookout in the Rothrock State Forest.

Best Roadside Overlooks in PA

Some of Pennsylvania’s best scenic vistas require no hiking whatsoever – drive right up and enjoy the view from these roadside overlooks!

Bark Road Vista in the Buchanan State Forest
Bark Road Vista in the Buchanan State Forest

Bell’s Majestic View

Bells Majestic View is located roadside along the Siglerville-Millheim Pike in Centre County.

Bells Majestic View sign along Siglerville-Millheim Pike in the Bald Eagle State Forest
Bells Majestic View along Siglerville-Millheim Pike in the Bald Eagle State Forest.

Logue Run Vista

Logue Run Vista is located along Ridge Road in Cameron County.

Logue Run Vista along Ridge Road in Cameron County.
Logue Run Vista along Ridge Road in Cameron County.

High Knob Vista

High Knob Overlook in Sullivan County is one of the most spectacular roadside scenic vistas in all of Pennsylvania.

View from High Knob Overlook in Sullivan County.
View from High Knob Overlook in Sullivan County.

Chocolate Drop Vista

Chocolate Drop Vista is located along Pine Swamp Road in Centre County.

Chocolate Drop Vista sign along Pine Swamp Road in the Bald Eagle State Forest.
Chocolate Drop Vista sign along Pine Swamp Road in the Bald Eagle State Forest.

Bark Road Vista

Bark Road Vista is located near the Sideling Hill Picnic Area along Route 30, in Fulton County.

Bark Road Vista in Fulton County PA
Bark Road Vista in Fulton County, PA.

Big Valley Vista

Big Valley Vista is located along the Millheim Pike in Mifflin County.

Big Valley Vista sign along the Millheim Pike in the Bald Eagle State Forest.
Big Valley Vista sign along the Millheim Pike in the Bald Eagle State Forest.

Best Fall Foliage Overlooks in PA

Pennsylvania is famous for its fall foliage, and here are some of the best scenic overlooks in PA to view the spectacular autumn scenery from.

Beam Rocks Overlook in the Forbes State Forest.
Beam Rocks Overlook in the Forbes State Forest.

Warrior Ridge Overlook

Warrior Ridge Vista is located along Blankley Road in the Buchanan State Forest, Bedford County.

Warrior Ridge Vista in Bedford County Pennsylvania
Warrior Ridge Vista in Bedford County, Pennsylvania.

Indian Wells

Indian Wells Overlook is located along the Mid State Trail in southern Centre County.

Indian Wells Overlook in Centre County.
Indian Wells Overlook in Centre County.

Laurel Run Overlook

Laurel Run Overlook is one of several exceptional scenic vistas along the Fayette County portion of the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail.

Laurel Run Overlook facing west towards Fayette County.

New Lancaster Valley Vista

New Lancaster Valley Vista is located along Locust Ridge Road in Snyder County, roadside in the Bald Eagle State Forest.

Fall foliage at New Lancaster Valley Vista in the Bald Eagle State Forest.

Beam Rocks Overlook

Beam Rocks Overlook is located in the Forbes State Forest near the Westmoreland / Somerset County line.

An October morning at Beam Rocks in the Forbes State Forest.
An October morning at Beam Rocks in the Forbes State Forest.

Most Unique Scenic Overlooks in PA

Each of these scenic overlooks has some unique quality about them that can be duplicated no where else in Pennsylvania!

View from the Tuscarora Summit Hang Glider Launch near McConnellsburg PA
View from the Tuscarora Summit Hang Glider Launch near McConnellsburg, PA.

Mount Davis Overlook

There can be only one highest point in Pennsylvania, and at 3,213 feet above sea level, the Mount Davis Overlook in Somerset County is it!

Windmills in the distance as viewed from Mount Davis Observation Tower in Somerset County PA
Windmills in the distance as viewed from Mount Davis Observation Tower

Blue Knob Overlook

At 3,146 feet above sea level, Blue Knob Overlook in Blair County is the second highest overlook in Pennsylvania, and home to a ski lodge as well.

Blue Knob ski area at Blue Knob State Park.
Blue Knob Overlook and ski area at Blue Knob State Park in Blair County.

Big Savage Overlook

You wouldn’t normally expect a scenic overlook to be associated with a tunnel, but the Big Savage Overlook in Somerset County is just that!

The Big Savage Tunnel Overlook along the Great Allegheny Passage.
The Big Savage Overlook along the Great Allegheny Passage.

Kinzua Skywalk

The Kinzua Skywalk in McKean County is made up of a portion of the Kinzua Viaduct, which was at one time the longest and tallest railroad bridge in the entire world!

Side view of the Kinzua Skywalk in McKean County, PA.
Side view of the Kinzua Skywalk in McKean County, PA.

Tuscarora Summit Hang Glider Launch

Located just off Route 30 in Fulton County, the Tuscarora Summit Hang Glider Launch is an exceptional scenic overlook to watch adrenaline-junkies engage in the gravity-defying pastimes of hang gliding and parasailing.

A scene from Tuscarora Summit in Fulton County PA
A scene from Tuscarora Summit in Fulton County, PA.

So there you have it – 50 of the best scenic overlooks in Pennsylvania!

Chocolate Drop Vista along Pine Swamp Road in the Bald Eagle State Forest.
Chocolate Drop Vista along Pine Swamp Road in the Bald Eagle State Forest.

Didn’t see YOUR favorite overlook on this list?

Never fear – there’s always the SEQUEL to this write-up!

PA Grand Canyon fall foliage in October.
PA Grand Canyon fall foliage in October.

Looking for EVEN MORE scenic overlooks?!

Then be sure to check out my PA Scenic Overlooks page, with directions to TONS of additional vistas!

Fisher Road Vista in the Buchanan State Forest on a summer afternoon.
Fisher Road Vista in the Buchanan State Forest on a summer afternoon.

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  1. I very much appreciate the time and energy to share this information. Thank you.
    I am looking forward to PA exploring more than every before. It was always on my list, but this sure makes it easier.

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