Exploring Brady’s Bend Overlook in Clarion County

Brady's Bend Overlook on a summer afternoon.

Brady’s Bend Overlook in Clarion County is one of the finest roadside vistas in Pennsylvania!

Once a popular hang glider launch (an activity that is no longer permitted there), Brady’s Bend Overlook is perched some 520 feet above the Allegheny River.

Looking out over the bend in the Allegheny River from Brady's Bend Overlook.
Looking out over the bend in the Allegheny River.

How to Find Brady’s Bend Overlook

Brady’s Bend Overlook is located along Route 68, 5 miles east of the small town of Brady’s Bend.

It should be noted that while the overlook is in Clarion County, the town of Brady’s Bend is in Armstrong County, the Allegheny River being the border.

How to find Brady's Bend Overlook in Clarion County Pennsylvania.
How to find Brady’s Bend Overlook in Clarion County.

If navigating by GPS, use coordinates 40.988173, -79.583269 to find the large, paved parking area at Brady’s Bend Overlook, right along Route 68.

Brady's Bend Overlook parking area.
Overlook parking area along Route 68.

History of Brady’s Bend Overlook

Brady’s Bend is named after Samuel Brady, an Irish-American Revolutionary War officer and legendary frontiersman whose exploits frequently found him in western Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Brady's Bend PA historical marker.
Brady’s Bend historical marker.

The plaque honoring Richard P. Thompson was placed at Brady’s Bend in 1977, after he died in a hang gliding accident there.

"You haven't lived until you've looked down on a hawk" memorial plaque at Brady's Bend Overlook in Clarion County, PA.
“You haven’t lived until you’ve looked down on a hawk” memorial plaque.

The Views From Brady’s Bend Overlook

The view to the north is of the Allegheny River as it starts its counter-clockwise bend while flowing south.

View to the north along the Allegheny River from Brady's Bend Overlook in Clarion County, PA.
View to the north along the Allegheny River.

The view to the south is the continuation of the bend as the Allegheny River winds towards Pittsburgh, to become part of the Ohio River.

Looking to the southwest along the Allegheny River from Brady's Bend Scenic Overlook.
The Allegheny River as it makes its way towards Pittsburgh.

Numerous boat docks dot the shoreline along the Allegheny River far below.

Brady's Bend Overlook along Route 68 in Clarion County, PA.
Boat docks along the Allegheny River.

If you continue west on Route 68 into the town of Brady’s Bend itself, you’ll encounter several small shops, gas stations, and an Army tank parked in front of the American Legion, right along the highway.

Army tank on display at the American Legion in Brady's Bend.
Army tank on display at the American Legion in Brady’s Bend.

Brady’s Bend is the quintessential little western PA town, small in stature but big on honoring its Veterans.

Memorial at the Brady's Bend American Legion.
Memorial at the Brady’s Bend American Legion.

Brady’s Bend Overlook is a must-see roadside attraction if you’re passing through this part of Pennsylvania – it’s easy to reach and hard to forget!

Brady's Bend Scenic Overlook in Clarion County, Pennsylvania.
The view from along Route 68 in Clarion County.

Rapp Run Falls is a picturesque waterfall located just outside of downtown Clarion.

Rapp Run Falls in Clarion County PA
Rapp Run Falls in Clarion County, Pennsylvania

Meanwhile, in neighboring Venango County to the west, you have Freedom Falls.

Freedom Falls along Rockland Station Road in Venango County.
Freedom Falls along Rockland Station Road in Venango County.

Right next to Freedom Falls is Rockland Furnace, an iron furnace built in 1832.

Rockland Furnace near Kennerdell in Venango County PA
Rockland Furnace near Kennerdell in Venango County, PA

Downstream from Freedom Falls and Rockland Furnace is Rockland Tunnel along the Allegheny River Rail Trail.

The Rockland Tunnel along the Allegheny River Rail Trail in Venango County PA.
The Rockland Tunnel along the Allegheny River Rail Trail in Venango County, PA.

Beartown Rocks in Jefferson County features an exceptional scenic overlook perched high atop a “rock city” dating back to the last Ice Age!

Beartown Rocks Overlook in the Clear Creek State Forest.
Beartown Rocks Overlook in the Clear Creek State Forest.

Jefferson County is also home to Pennsylvania’s most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil!

A drowsy Punxsutawney Phil coming to visit with the author.
A drowsy Punxsutawney Phil coming to visit with the author.

50 of the Best Scenic Overlooks in PA will introduce you to some of the Keystone State’s finest vistas!

Hikers taking on the view at Hyner Run State Park.
Hikers taking in the view at Hyner Run State Park.

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