Exploring Baughman Rock Overlook at Ohiopyle State Park

The author photographing an autumn sunrise at Baughman Rock Overlook.
The author photographing an autumn sunrise at Baughman Rock Overlook.

Baughman Rock Overlook is one of the most spectacular mountain vistas in the Laurel Highlands region of southwestern Pennsylvania!

Morning sun rays piercing the fog at Baughman Rock Overlook at Ohiopyle State Park.
Morning sun rays piercing the fog at the overlook.

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.

Baughman Rock Overlook at Ohiopyle State Park on a September morning.
The overlook at Ohiopyle State Park on a September morning.

Directions to Baughman Rock Overlook

How to Find Baughman Rock Overlook at Ohiopyle State Park

  1. From Route 381 in the town of Ohiopyle, turn onto Sugarloaf road and proceed 2 miles.

    A map showing the location of Baughman Rock Overlook at Ohiopyle State Park.

  2. 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.Baughman Rock Overlook sign along Sugarloaf Road near Ohiopyle State Park.

  3. 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.The parking lot at Baughman Rock Overlook, Ohiopyle State Park.


Photographing the View from Baughman Rock Overlook

Baughman Rock Overlook is a magnet for sunrise photographers.

A photographer sets up to capture the sunrise at Baughman Rock Overlook, Ohiopyle State Park.
A photographer sets up to capture the overlook.

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.

The fence at Baughman Rock Overlook.
The fence at the overlook.

Winter Views at Baughman Rock Overlook

Winter is a great time to visit Baughman Rock Overlook, where the close proximity of the overlook to the road means it is accessible virtually every day of the year, regardless of snowfall amounts.

A young hiker takes in the winter view at Baughman Rock Overlook, Ohiopyle State Park.
A young hiker takes in the winter view from the overlook.

Winter sunrises are truly majestic from this vista.

A winter sunrise at Baughman Rock Overlook, Ohiopyle State Park.
A winter sunrise.

But even if the sunrise is a bust and low clouds dominate, the view is still superb.

Low clouds on a snowy winter morning at Baughman Rock Overlook, Ohiopyle State Park.
Low clouds on a snowy winter morning.

Springtime Views at Baughman Rock Overlook

When the last snows of winter hang on into early spring, the contours of the mountains to the north become much more apparent.

A blue sky winter morning at Baughman Rock Overlook, Ohiopyle State Park.
A blue sky early spring morning.

The lack of foliage at this time of year doesn’t mean that sunrises here at Baughman Rock are any less stunning.

The author photographing a late winter sunrise at Baughman Rock Overlook.
The author photographing a late winter sunrise at the overlook.

Eventually the foliage emerges from its slumber, with the help of springtime showers.

Thick clouds and valley fog after a rain storm at Baughman Rock Overlook, Ohiopyle State Park.
Thick clouds and valley fog after a rain storm.

Summer Views at Baughman Rock Overlook

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.

The author capturing a sunrise photo at Baughman Rock Overlook.
The author capturing a sunrise photo at the overlook.

Foggy summer morning create perfect conditions for “God beams” to appear over Baughman Rock Overlook.

"God beams" on a foggy morning over Baughman Rock Overlook at Ohiopyle State Park.
“God beams” on a foggy morning at Ohiopyle State Park.

And if you’re a patient kind of person, watching the fog burn off at Baughman Rock Overlook can be rewarding as well.

Thick valley fog as viewed from Baughman Rock Overlook above Ohiopyle State Park.
Thick valley fog above Ohiopyle State Park.

Autumn Views

Autumn ushers in “leaf peeping” season, and Baughman Rock Overlook offers a tremendous vantage point to see brilliant fall foliage in the Laurel Highlands.

A sunny autumn afternoon at Baughman Rock Overlook.
A sunny autumn afternoon at the overlook.

Final Thoughts on Visiting Baughman Rock Overlook

Baughman Rock Overlook is a magnificent four-season destination in the Laurel Highlands.

The author and daughter Hailee at Baughman Rock Overlook, Ohiopyle State Park.
The author and daughter at the overlook.

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.


Nearby Attractions

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater is just a few miles away, and is quite possibly Pennsylvania’s most famous residence!

Fallingwater as seen from the "Classic View" on the Visitor Center map.
Fallingwater on a winter day.

Kentuck Knob in Fayette County is another nearby Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home, built in 1954 for Isaac and Bernardine Hagan, founders of the Hagan Ice Cream company in nearby Uniontown, PA.

The sandstone walls and cantilevered roof over the patio surrounding Kentuck Knob.
The sandstone walls and cantilevered roof over the patio at Kentuck Knob in Fayette County.

The 15 Best Scenic Overlooks in the Laurel Highlands is your guide to even more great vistas in Fayette, Somerset, and Westmoreland counties.

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

Cucumber Falls is a 10 minute drive from Baughman Rock Overlook!

An autumn view of Cucumber Falls at Ohiopyle State Park.
An autumn view of Cucumber Falls at Ohiopyle State Park.

10 Must-See Waterfalls at Ohiopyle State Park is your guide to ALL the best waterfalls near Baughman Rock Overlook.

The author at Lower Jonathan Run Falls in the spring of 2019.
The author at Lower Jonathan Run Falls at Ohiopyle State Park.

Nearby Laurel Caverns is billed as “Pennsylvania’s Largest Cave”, and is a great way to spend an hour or two BENEATH Fayette County!

The overhead Grand Canyon of Laurel Caverns.
Laurel Caverns in Fayette County.

Fort Necessity National Battlefield in Fayette County is where the first shots of the French and Indian War were fired.

The modern-day replica of Fort Necessity at the National Battlefield in Fayette County PA
Fort Necessity in Fayette County.

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