If you’re looking for the best roadside scenic overlooks in the Bald Eagle State Forest, you’re in the right place!
While the Bald Eagle State Forest is home to a slew of vistas that require some degree of hiking ability to reach them, what follows are directions to 10 fantastic ROADSIDE scenic overlooks in the same forest that require no hiking whatsoever.
I’ll provide you with this interactive map below, showing the location of all 10 overlooks, as well as GPS coordinates that you can plug into your navigation system or favorite mapping app.
About the Bald Eagle State Forest
The Bald Eagle State Forest covers 193,424 acres scattered across 5 counties.
The 10 overlooks mentioned here are in Centre, Mifflin, Union, and Snyder counties, located along state forest (non-paved) roads.
Keep in mind these are “No Winter Maintenance” roads, so the best times to visit any of these overlooks (without a snowmobile) is spring through fall.
1. Big Valley Vista
Big Valley Vista is located along the Millheim Pike in Mifflin County.
Use GPS coordinates 40.78464, -77.51479 to guide you to this excellent view 3 miles northeast of Siglerville.
2. Bells Majestic View
Bells Majestic View is located along the Siglerville-Millheim Pike in Centre County.
Use GPS coordinates 40.82967, -77.50880 to guide you to this stellar sight overlooking Penns Valley.
3. Chocolate Drop Vista
Chocolate Drop Vista is located along Pine Swamp Road in Centre County.
Use GPS coordinates 40.83228, -77.45111 to navigate to this spectacular spot less than a mile from Poe Valley State Park.
4. Penns View
Penns View is located along Poe Paddy Drive in Centre County.
Use GPS coordinates 40.84247, -77.45271 to navigate to this magnificent view high above Penns Creek.
5. Ingleby View
Ingleby View is located along Poe Paddy Drive in Centre County, just minutes from Penns View.
Use GPS coordinates 40.84435, -77.43404 to navigate to this marvelous roadside attraction in the Bald Eagle State Forest.
6-7. Ravens Knob East and West
Ravens Knob Vistas is the ultimate 2-for-1 bargain!
Located at the same spot along Pine Swamp Road in Centre County, you have your choice of exquisite mountain views, depending on which direction you are facing.
Use GPS coordinates 40.83857, -77.42534 to navigate to this superb pair ridgetop vistas.
8. New Lancaster Valley Vista
New Lancaster Valley Vista is located along Locust Ridge Road in Snyder County
Use GPS coordinates 40.79362, -77.31011 to navigate to this extraordinary vista, facing Milroy and Mifflin County in the distance.
9. Jones Mountain Road Vista
Jones Mountain Road Vista offers exceptonal views to the west from a pull-off along its namesake road.
You’ll find Jones Mounatin Road Vista at GPS coordinates 40.97322, -77.14080, high above the Union County portion of the Bald Eagle State Forest.
10. Black Gap Vista
Black Gap Vista is an east-facing overlook located along Engle Road, near McCalls Dam State Park.
You’ll find Black Gap Vista at GPS coordinates 41.01587, -77.21458 in the Centre County portion of the Bald Eagle State Forest.
So there you have it – directions to 10 of the best roadside scenic overlooks in the Bald Eagle State Forest!
As mentioned in the write-up, several of these vistas are located close to Poe Valley State Park, a 620 acre recreational area with featuring 25 acre Poe Lake.
Poe Paddy State Park is a 23 acre recreational area in Centre County, located 4 miles east of Poe Valley State Park.
The nearby Rothrock State Forest is also home to several outstanding scenic overlooks, including the roadside Jo Hays Vista near State College.
The 7 Best Scenic Overlooks in the Buchanan State Forest will introduce you to maps and directions to the best vistas in Bedford, Fulton, and Franklin counties.
The 15 Best Scenic Overlooks in Huntingdon County will introduce you to a dozen vistas in nearby Huntingdon County.
If you’re looking for even MORE scenic views, check out The 20 Best Scenic Overlooks in PA Elk Country for maps and directions to the best vistas in Elk, Cameron, and Clinton counties.
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