The 36 Best Roadside Scenic Overlooks in PA

Norcross Vista is one of the 30 best roadside scenic overlooks in Pennsylvania.

The 36 best roadside scenic overlooks in PA is your guide to some of the most beautiful vistas in Pennsylvania that require no hiking whatsoever to enjoy!

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

Because while everyone enjoys a spectacular view, not everyone is physically able to hike long distances to see one.

The roadside Lyman Lake Vista in Potter County, PA.
The roadside Lyman Lake Vista in Potter County.

What you’ll find here is an alphabetical list of 36 of my favorite roadside scenic overlooks in PA, ranging from cityscapes to valley vistas.

Fog lifting at Hyner View State Park.
Fog lifting at Hyner View State Park in Clinton County.

Simply click on the blue text links to view a more detailed write-up about each overlook, complete with directions.

View from the top of the Johnstown Inclined Plane in Cambria County.
The view from the top of the Johnstown Inclined Plane along Edgehill Avenue.

1. Bark Road Vista

Bark Road Vista is located just off Route 30 (the Lincoln Highway) in Fulton County and offers impressive eastern views in the direction of McConnellsburg.

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

2. Bear Gap Vista

Bear Gap Vista offers you a wide-open western view of the Rothrock State Forest from the side of Bear Gap Road in Huntingdon County.

Bear Gap Road Vista in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania.
Bear Gap Vista in Huntingdon County.

3. Bells Majestic View

Bells Majestic View is located 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

4. 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 along the Millheim Pike in the Bald Eagle State Forest.

5. Boone Run Vista

Boone Run Vista in Potter County is a roadside scenic overlook near the world-famous Cherry Springs State Park.

Parked next to the Boone Run Vista road side overlook in Potter County PA.
Parked next to Boone Run Vista in Potter County.

6. Bradley Wales Scenic View

Bradley Wales Scenic View is located 5 miles south of Colton Point State Park in Tioga County, right along Bradley Wales Road.

The Pine Creek Rail Trail and Pine Creek as viewed from the Bradley Wales Overlook.
The Pine Creek Rail Trail and Pine Creek as viewed from the Bradley Wales Overlook.

7. Brady’s Bend Overlook

Brady’s Bend Overlook in Clarion County offers visitors a fantastic view of a horseshoe bend in the Allegheny River.

Brady's Bend Scenic Overlook in Clarion County, Pennsylvania.
Brady’s Bend Scenic Overlook in Clarion County.

8. Bucktail Overlook

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

Bucktail Overlook Elk Viewing Area in Cameron County Pennsylvania.
Bucktail Overlook on a foggy morning in Cameron County

9. Canoe Mountain Vista

Canoe Mountain Vista is a Huntingdon County overlook, located on a sharp bend along Colerain Road in the Rothrock State Forest.

Canoe Mountain Vista in the Rothrock State Forest.
Canoe Mountain Vista in the Rothrock State Forest.

10. Chocolate Drop Vista

Chocolate Drop Vista is located along Pine Swamp Road in Centre County, close to Poe Valley State Park.

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

11. Cleland Rock

Cleland Rock Scenic Vista looks out over the Slippery Rock Gorge, which forms the heart of McConnells Mill State Park in Lawrence County.

Cleland Rock at McConnells Mill State Park.
Cleland Rock at McConnells Mill State Park.

12. Colton Point Vista

This roadside vista at Colton Point State Park is spectacular any time of year, but it truly shines during fall foliage season!

Looking out over Pine Creek from Colton Point State Park
Looking out over the Pine Creek Gorge from Colton Point State Park.

13. Fish Dam Overlook

Fish Dam Overlook is located at a pull-off along Route 144 in Clinton County, in the Sproul State Forest.

Fish Dam Vista along Route 144 in Clinton County.
Fish Dam Overlook along Route 144 in Clinton County.

14. High Knob Overlook

High Knob Overlook is a spectacular roadside vista in Sullivan County.

A biker enjoying the scenic view from High Knob Overlook.
High Knob Overlook in Sullivan County.

15. High Point Lake Overlook

High Point Lake Overlook is located on Mount Davis in Somerset County, the highest point in Pennsylvania.

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.

16. Hyner View

Hyner View offers visitors an amazing view of the West Branch of the Susquehanna River in Clinton County.

Fall foliage as viewed from Hyner View State Park near Renovo PA
Hyner View in Clinton County.

17. Jakes Rocks Overlook

Jakes Rocks Overlook is actually a series of overlooks near a picnic area in the Allegheny National Forest in Warren County.

Roadside Overlook #2 near Jakes Rocks picnic area in the Allegheny National Forest.
Roadside Overlook #2 near Jakes Rocks picnic area in the Allegheny National Forest.

18. Johnstown Inclined Plane

The top of the Johnstown Inclined Plane is home to a panoramic roadside view of the city of Johnstown in Cambria County.

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

19. Keating Mountain Road Vista

Keating Mountain Road Vista is located in the Sproul State Forest in Clinton County.

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

20. Kettle Creek Vista

Kettle Creek Vista overlooks Kettle Creek State Park in Clinton County, from a vantage point off of Crowley Road in the Sproul State Forest.

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

21. Logue Run Vista

Logue Run Vista is located along Ridge Road in the Elk State Forest, Cameron County.

The view from Ridge Road at Logue Run Vista in Cameron County.
The view from Ridge Road at Logue Run Vista in Cameron County.

22. Loyalsock Canyon Vista

Loyalsock Canyon Vista (or 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 it.

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

23. Lyman Lake Vista

Lyman Lake Vista is a roadside scenic overlook just a five minute drive from the Lyman Run State Park office in Potter County.

Lyman Lake Vista at Lyman Run State Park in Potter County.
Lyman Lake Vista at Lyman Run State Park in Potter County.

24. Montgomery Pike Scenic Overlook

Montgomery Pike Scenic Overlook is a gorgeous roadside overlook and picnic spot located approximately 3.5 miles south of Williamsport along Route 15 in Lycoming County.

Exploring Montgomery Pike Scenic Overlook in Lycoming County
Montgomery Pike Scenic Overlook in Lycoming County.

25. 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.

26. New Lancaster Valley Vista

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

New Lancaster Valley in the Bald Eagle State Forest.
New Lancaster Valley in the Bald Eagle State Forest.

27. Norcross Vista

Norcross Vista is an east-facing vista along Ridge Road in Cameron County.

Fall foliage views from Norcross Vista in the Elk State Forest.
Norcross Vista in the Elk State Forest.

28. Penns View

Penns View is located along Poe Paddy Drive in Centre County, and looks out over a horseshoe bend in Penns Creek.

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

29. 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.

30. Ship Hotel Overlook

The Ship Hotel Overlook in Bedford County is all that is left of what was once the most famous roadside attraction in Pennsylvania.

The view from the site of the former SS Grand View Ship Hotel along the Lincoln Highway.
The view from the site of the former Ship Hotel along the Lincoln Highway in Bedford County.

31. Sinnemahoning Vista

Sinnemahoning Vista offers a superb view of the Sinnemahoning Creek valley from a roadside vantage point 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.

32. Skyline Drive Vista

Skyline Drive Vista is a picturesque roadside overlook in the Gallitzin State Forest, on the western edge of the Bedford County.

Skyline Drive Vista along Skyline Drive in the Gallitzin State Forest.
Skyline Drive Vista along Skyline Drive in the Gallitzin State Forest.

33. Square Timber Vista

Square Timber Vista is a west-facing vista that looks out over the Square Timber Wild Area in Cameron County.

The Square Timber Wild Area in the Elk State Forest.
Square Timber Vista along Ridge Road in the Elk State Forest.

34. Summit Road Vista

Summit Road Vista is located in the Buchanan State Forest in Fulton County.

Summit Road Vista in Fulton County Pennsylvania.
Summit Road Vista in Fulton County.

35. Warrior Ridge Vista

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

36. Wright’s View

Wright’s View is named in honor of a former Secretary of Highways in Pennsylvania, and can be found roadside along Route 220 in Sullivan County.

Wright's View Overlook along Route 220 in Sullivan County PA
Wright’s View along Route 220 in Sullivan County.

So there you have it – 36 of the best roadside 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.

And while this is by no means a comprehensive list of ALL the roadside scenic overlooks in Pennsylvania, it’s a great introduction to some of the most accessible scenic vistas in the Keystone State.

Fall foliage at Bark Road Vista in Fulton County PA
Fall foliage at Bark Road Vista in Fulton County.

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A summer view of Dry Run Falls in Sullivan County, PA.
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Looking out over Raytown Lake from Hawn's Overlook in late December.
Looking out over Raystown Lake from Hawn’s Overlook in late December.

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