Exploring Boone Run Vista in Potter County

Visiting Boone Run Vista near Cherry Springs State Park.

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

Cherry Springs State Park in Potter County Pennsylvania.
Cherry Springs State Park in Potter County.

How to Get to Boone Run Vista

From Cherry Springs State Park, you’ll head southeast on Route 44 for a mile, then hang a right on Junction Road.

Junction Road near Cherry Springs State Park, where Boone Run Vista is located.
Junction Road near Cherry Springs State Park.

Once on Junction Road (a state forest road), you proceed another mile to Boone Run Vista, located at GPS coordinates 41.63511, -77.81436.

A map to Boone Run Vista along Junction Road in Potter County Pennsylvania.
A map to Boone Run Vista along Junction Road in Potter County.

Views from Boone Run Vista

Boone Run Vista is oriented towards the east, with 180-degree views in that general direction.

Boone Run Vista sign along Junction Road in Potter County Pennsylvania.
Boone Run Vista sign along Junction Road in Potter County.

Being located right next to a state park famous for its dark skies, as you’d expect there’s very little civilization to see from the overlook.

View to the northeast from Boone Run Vista in Potter County PA.
View to the northeast.

I visited on an overcast October afternoon, but I would suspect sunrises from Boone Run Vista would be quite outstanding.

View to the southeast from Boone Run Vista in Potter County PA.
View to the southeast.

There’s even a bench where you can sit and take in the scene.

Bench at Boone Run Vista near Cherry Springs State Park in Potter County PA.
Benched.

While there is no parking lot to speak of, the road is wide enough at this vista to safely pull over and not obstruct what little traffic there may be on Junction Road.

Parked next to the Boone Run Vista road side overlook in Potter County PA.
Parked next to roadside overlook, along Junction Road.

So if you’re looking for something to do during the day near Cherry Springs State Park, check out Boone Run Vista less than 10 minutes away.

Boone Run Vista along Junction Road in Potter County PA.
Parked at the vista along Junction Road, near Cherry Springs State Park.

Nearby Attractions

The abandoned ski resort at Denton Hill State Park in Potter County is a case study in dystopian beauty.

Ski lift at the abandoned Denton Hill State Park ski resort.
The abandoned ski resort at Denton Hill State Park.

Abandoned nearly a decade ago, the resort sits empty and decaying, with no buildings or even a restroom open to the public, even though the state park is still open to visitors.

Fall foliage surrounding one of the lifts at the abandoned ski resort at Denton Hill State Park.
Fall foliage surrounding one of the lifts at the abandoned ski resort at Denton Hill State Park.

Austin Dam Memorial Park in Potter County is the site of the second-deadliest flood in PA history.

Roadside historical marker about the Austin Dam Flood.
Roadside historical marker about the Austin Dam Flood.

Today you can tour the ruins of the dam and learn more about this historic tragedy through interpretive exhibits there.

Freeman Run passing through the ruins of Austin Dam in Potter County PA.
Freeman Run passing through the ruins of Austin Dam in Potter County.

The abandoned Bayless Paper Mill in Potter County is forever linked to the Austin Dam Flood, as the dam served as a water source for the paper mill.

The ruins of the Bayless Pulp and Paper Mill in Potter County.
The ruins of the Bayless Pulp and Paper Mill in Potter County.

Today, only the shattered ruins of the Bayless Paper Mill remain, once a major employer in this valley.

Holes in the floor and ceiling at the Bayless Paper Mill ruins in Potter County.
Holes in the floor and ceiling at the Bayless Paper Mill ruins in Potter County.

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