Exploring Jakes Rocks Overlook in Warren County

The view from Jakes Rocks Overlook on October 6, 2021.

Jakes Rocks Overlook is really a series of overlooks located in the Warren County portion of the Allegheny National Forest.

Approaching Jakes Rocks Overlook in the Allegheny National Forest.
Approaching Jakes Rocks Overlook in the Allegheny National Forest.

This area is a popular picnic spot and is also home to a series of challenging mountain bike trails, but the focus of this write-up is on visiting the scenic overlooks at Jakes Rocks.

Fall foliage just starting to change at Jakes Rocks Overlook in the Allegheny National Forest.
Fall foliage just starting to change at Jakes Rocks Overlook in the Allegheny National Forest.

How to Find Jakes Rocks Overlook

Turn off of Route 59 onto Longhouse Road at the northwestern end of Cornplanter Bridge over the Allegheny Reservoir.

Longhouse Road leading to Jakes Rocks Overlook, off of Route 59,
Longhouse Road leading to Jakes Rocks Overlook, off of Route 59 in Warren County.

Follow Longhouse Road for a mile, bear right at the fork in the road, and continue up hill, following the signs to the Jakes Rocks Picnic Area parking lot.

Jakes Rocks Picnic Area and Overlook in the Allegheny National Forest.
Jakes Rocks Picnic Area and Overlook in the Allegheny National Forest.

I visited 4 overlooks in the area around Jakes Rocks picnic area – 1 that required a short hike through the namesake Jakes Rocks, and 3 others that are literally roadside.

A map to four of the overlooks near Jakes Rocks picnic area in the Allegheny National Forest.
A map to four of the overlooks near Jakes Rocks picnic area in the Allegheny National Forest.

You’ll also notice on the map above that Jakes Rocks is directly across Kinzua Bay from Rimrock Overlook, another beautiful destination in the Allegheny National Forest.

A panoramic view of Rimrock Overlook on the eastern shore of the Allegheny Reservoir.
A panoramic view of Rimrock Overlook on the eastern shore of the Kinzua Bay.

Jakes Rocks Overlook

Getting to the namesake Jakes Rocks Overlook requires a short hike (maybe 10 minutes tops and basically flat) from the parking area, through the boulder field known as Jakes Rocks, to the overlook.

Boulders at Jakes Rocks surrounded by fall foliage in October, 2021.
Boulders at Jakes Rocks surrounded by fall foliage in October, 2021.

The trail to Jakes Rocks Overlook is not blazed (that I could see), but obvious and easy to follow.

Trail to Jakes Rocks Overlook in the Allegheny National Forest.
Trail to Jakes Rocks Overlook in the Allegheny National Forest.

Jakes Rocks Overlook is located at GPS coordinates 41.85181, -78.98209.

Jakes Rocks Overlook in the Allegheny National Forest.
Jakes Rocks Overlook in the Allegheny National Forest.

Jakes Rocks Overlook offers visitors a view of Jackson Bay on the Allegheny Reservoir.

Jakes Rocks Overlook in Warren County on October 6, 2021.
Jakes Rocks Overlook in Warren County on October 6, 2021.

After photographing Jakes Rocks Overlook, I made my way back though the rock formations to the parking area and proceeded to the 3 roadside vistas.

Boulders along the trail to Jakes Rocks Overlook in the Allegheny National Forest.
Boulders along the trail to Jakes Rocks Overlook in the Allegheny National Forest.

Roadside Overlook #1

The road leading out of the Jakes Rocks Picnic Area is a one-way road, so the first roadside overlook you’ll pass is this partial view of the Kinzua Dam.

Roadside Overlook #1 near Jakes Rocks in the Allegheny National Forest in Warren County.
Roadside Overlook #1.

This first roadside overlook is located at GPS coordinates 41.84449, -78.98340.

Parking area at the second roadside overlook at Jakes Rocks in the Allegheny National Forest.
Parking area at the first roadside overlook.

Roadside Overlook #2

The second roadside overlook leaving Jakes Rocks Picnic Area offers a much better view of the Kinzua Dam.

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

This overlook is located at GPS coordinates 41.84083, -78.98228.

The second roadside overlook at Jakes Rocks in Warren County PA.
The second roadside overlook.

Roadside Overlook #3

The final roadside overlook faces Kinzua Bay as you descend the mountain, back towards Route 59.

Roadside overlook number 3 near Jakes Rocks picnic area in Warren County, PA
Roadside Overlook #3.

This overlook is located at GPS coordinates 41.84083, -78.98228.

The third roadside overlook near Jakes Rocks in the Allegheny National Forest.
The third roadside overlook.

Nearby Attractions

As previously mentioned, Rimrock Overlook in Warren County offers visitors outstanding views of Kinzua Bay and the Allegheny National Forest which surrounds it.

Looking north over the Allegheny Reservoir from Rimrock Overlook in Warren County.
Rimrock Overlook in the Allegheny National Forest.

The Marilla Bridges Trail is a gorgeous 1-mile loop trail around the Marilla Reservoir near Bradford, just a few minutes south of the Pennsylvania/New York border.

Covered Bridge along the Marilla Bridges Trail near Bradford, Pennsylvania.
The Marilla Bridges Trail near Bradford, PA.

The Zippo/Case Museum is dedicated to telling the story of Zippo lighters and Case knives, two iconic products made in Bradford, Pennsylvania.

The Zippo/Case Museum in Bradford, Pennsylvania.
The Zippo/Case Museum in Bradford, Pennsylvania.

The 15,000-square-foot facility in McKean County includes the museum, a gift shop (naturally!) and the famous Zippo Repair Clinic.

Zippo-themed Harley on display inside the gift shop at the Zippo/Case Museum in Bradford, Pennsylvania.
Zippo-themed Harley on display inside the gift shop.

Kinzua Bridge State Park in McKean County is home to what was once the longest and tallest railway bridge in the entire world – The Kinzua Viaduct.

View from the debris field, looking up towards the Kinzua Bridge skywalk and the surrounding fall foliage.
View from the debris field, looking up towards the Kinzua Bridge skywalk and the surrounding fall foliage.

Logan Falls is a great little waterfall tucked away in the Allegheny National Forest, near Marienville.

Logan Falls in Forest County PA
Logan Falls in Forest County, PA.

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