Exploring High Knob Overlook in Sullivan County

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A biker enjoying the scenic view from High Knob Overlook.

High Knob Overlook in Sullivan County is one of the most spectacular scenic vistas in all of Pennsylvania.

It also happens to be roadside, meaning almost anyone can enjoy the stunning views from this spot high above the Loyalsock State Forest.

October in Sullivan County as viewed from High Knob Overlook.
October in Sullivan County as viewed from High Knob Overlook.

High Knob Overlook FAQs

How “high” is High Knob Overlook?

2,047 feet above sea level.
A summer afternoon at High Knob Overlook.

How do I find High Knob Overlook?

High Knob Overlook is located along High Knob Road, accessed from either Route 87 and Dry Run Road in the west, or from Worlds End Road in the east.
How to find HIgh Knob Overlook in Sullivan County.

Can I navigate to High Knob Overlook using GPS?

Yes – use GPS coordinates 41.44377, -76.67852.
High Knob Overlook directional sign at the intersection of Dry Run Road and High Knob Road.

What can I see from High Knob Overlook?

According to the DCNR informational sign located at High Knob Overlook, you can see roughly 80% (or 90,000 acres) of the Loyalsock State Forest from this vantage point, as well as the small town of Hillsgrove.
High Knob Overlook informational sign.

Is High Knob Overlook a good spot to watch the sunset?

Yes! You can catch some amazing sunsets from High Knob Overlook.
Sunset over the Endless Mountains, as viewed from High Knob Overlook in the Loyalsock State Forest.

What is the best time of year to visit High Knob Overlook?

Anytime is the easy answer, but it is probably most popular in the fall when the “leaf peeping” is at its peak.

October in Sullivan County as viewed from High Knob Overlook.

Is High Knob Overlook popular with storm chasers?

Yes! I took the following sequence of photos at High Knob Overlook during and immediately after a summer storm.
Storm clouds south of High Knob Overlook in Sullivan County.Storms rolling in over the Loyalsock State Forest and High Knob Overlook.Storm clouds over High Knob Overlook in Sullivan County.Sunset after a summer storm, as viewed from High Knob Overlook in Pennsylvania.

Who is High Knob Overlook dedicated to?

Sumner Francis McCarty, a Pennsylvania forest ranger in the area from 1930-1950.
High Knob Overlook memorial plaque.

Are there any other good views from High Knob Road?

Yes – on the north side of the High Knob Road loop you’ll pass another scenic overlook, pictured below. Although there is no “official” parking area there, there IS room to pull off to the side of the road to enjoy the view.
Fall foliage along High Knob Road in Sullivan County Pennsylvania.A summer scene from High Knob Road in the Loyalsock State Forest.


Nearby Attractions

For directions to more awesome mountain vistas in the vicinity, be sure to check out “The 8 Best Scenic Overlooks Near Worlds End State Park“.

Loyalsock Canyon Vista Sullivan County Pennsylvania
Loyalsock Canyon Vista at Worlds End State Park.

Another fantastic roadside attraction in the area (and you may have passed it if you came in from the west) is Dry Run Falls.

Incredible fall foliage around Dry Run Falls in the Loyalsock State Forest.
Dry Run Falls in Sullivan County.

Located right along Dry Run Road, Dry Run Falls is one of the most popular waterfalls in Sullivan County.

Late autumn at Dry Run Falls near Hillsgrove, PA.
Late autumn at Dry Run Falls near Hillsgrove, PA.

If you’re looking for something a little more challenging, the waterfalls on Dutters Run are also accessed from Dry Run Road.

Third Falls along Dutters Run in the fall.
One of the many waterfalls along Dutters Run in the Loyalsock State Forest.

The hike to the waterfalls on Dutters Run incorporates parts of Dutters Trail as well as the Loyalsock Trail.

Dutters Trail near Dry Run Road in the Loyalsock State Forest.
Dutters Trail near Dry Run Road in the Loyalsock State Forest.

If you’re spending a few days in the area, be sure to check out 10 Must-See Waterfalls near Worlds End State Park.

High Rock Falls at Worlds End State Park
High Rock Falls at Worlds End State Park

And if seeing the finest waterfalls in the entire Loyalsock State Forest is on your “bucket list”, you’ll want to check out The 20 Best Waterfalls in the Loyalsock State Forest.

Angel Falls in Pennsylvania's Loyalsock State Forest.
Angel Falls in Pennsylvania’s Loyalsock State Forest.

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