Baughman Rock Overlook is one of the most spectacular mountain vistas in the Laurel Highlands region of southwestern Pennsylvania.
Located at Ohiopyle State Park in Fayette County, this overlook offers tremendous bang for your buck – miles of views just a few yards from a roadside parking area.
So how do you find this remarkable four-season destination?
Where is Baughman Rock Overlook?
How to Find Baughman Rock Overlook at Ohiopyle State Park
- From Route 381 in the town of Ohiopyle, turn onto Sugarloaf road and proceed 2 miles.
- Navigate to the parking area on the left hand side of the road at GPS Coordinates 39.844912, -79.473838.
Look for this sign along the road indicating a photo opportunity area.
- Park in the large gravel lot.
Walk from the back of the parking lot up the gravel and stone path approximately 75 yards to Baughman Rock Overlook.
Photographing the View from Baughman Rock
Baughman Rock Overlook is a magnet for sunrise photographers.
A wood-and-stone fence offers a spot to support your camera, but if you want to give yourself more options for composing your photos, bring a study tripod.
Winter is a great time to visit Baughman Rock Overlook. The close proximity to the road means this spot is accessible virtually every day of the year, regardless of snowfall amounts.
Winter sunrises are truly majestic from this vista.
But even if the sunrise is a bust and low clouds dominate, the view is still superb.
When the last snows of winter hang on into early spring, the contours of the mountains to the north become much more apparent.
The lack of foliage at this time of year doesn’t mean that sunrises here at Baughman Rock are any less stunning.
Eventually the foliage emerges from its slumber, with the help of springtime showers.
Summer ushers in the brunt of the tourist season at Ohiopyle State Park, although I’ve spent many solitary mornings photographing the sunrise at Baughman Rock even then.
Autumn ushers in “leaf peeping” season, and Baughman Rock Overlook offers a tremendous vantage point to see brilliant fall foliage in the Laurel Highlands.
Final Thoughts on Visiting Baughman Rock Overlook
Baughman Rock Overlook is a magnificent four-season destination in the Laurel Highlands.
Its close proximity to the road, as well as to several other top destinations at Ohiopyle State Park, make it a must-see when visiting the area.
And don’t forget about Fallingwater just a few miles away – Pennsylvania’s most famous residence!