Exploring Prayer Rock Scenic Overlook in Mifflin County

Exploring Prayer Rock Scenic Overlook in Mifflin County Pennsylvania

If you’re looking for directions to Prayer Rock Scenic Overlook in Mifflin County, you’re in the right place!

Prayer Rock Scenic Overlook provides great views of the famed Big Valley in Mifflin County Pennsylvania.
The overlook provides great views of the famed Big Valley in Mifflin County.

Prayer Rock Scenic Overlook is a fantastic roadside vista along Wills Road in Mifflin County, approximately 4 miles southwest of Belleville.

A map to Prayer Rock Scenic Overlook in Mifflin County Pennsylvania.
A road map to Prayer Rock Scenic Overlook in Mifflin County.

If navigating by GPS, use coordinates 40.54384, -77.75725 to find this scenic pull-off high above the famed “Big Valley” in Mifflin County.

Looking north from Prayer Rock Scenic Overlook in Mifflin County Pennsylvania
View to the north in the direction of Belleville.

The overlook gets its name from a shrine on the west side of the road near the pull-off.

Looking south at Prayer Rock Scenic Overlook along Wills Road near Belleville Pennsylvania.
View to the south from the shrine.

A plaque at the base of the cross on the shrine indicates it was erected by the Mifflin County Federation of Men’s Bible Classes.

Dedication plaque on the base of the cross at Prayer Rock Scenic Overlook in Mifflin County Pennsylvania.
Dedication plaque on the base of the cross at Prayer Rock.

No matter what your religious persuasion, I think just about everyone would agree the views from Prayer Rock are “heavenly”.

View to the southeast from Prayer Rock Scenic Overlook in Mifflin County Pennsylvania.
View to the southeast.

On the west side of the road, you’re overlooking Belleville and Allensville.

The ridge crest parking area next to Prayer Rock Scenic Overlook.
The ridge crest parking area next to the western overlook.

While on the east side you’re looking in the direction of Lewistown and McVeytown.

View to the northeast from Prayer Rock Scenic Overlook in Mifflin County Pennsylvania.
View to the northeast.

Prayer Rock is sometimes locally referred to as Jacks Mountain Hawk Watch, not to be confused with Stone Mountain Hawk Watch, also located in Mifflin County.

Walkway approaching Prayer Rock in Mifflin County Pennsylvania.
Walkway approaching the shrine.

You won’t find many scenic overlooks in PA with easier access to such expansive views as you will at Prayer Rock in Mifflin County!

The shrine for which Prayer Rock Scenic Overlook is named.
The shrine for which the overlook is named.

Nearby Attractions

Located in the Rothrock State Forest near the Mifflin-Huntingdon County line, the Stone Mountain Hawk Watch is a scenic overlook with a purpose!

View to the northeast in the direction of Belleville from the Stone Mountain Hawk Watch.
View to the northeast in the direction of Belleville from the Stone Mountain Hawk Watch.

Used by birding enthusiasts to monitor fall hawk migrations, this is also a popular scenic overlook, with stellar views in all directions.

Kids enjoying the views from the Stone Mountain Hawk Watch in Mifflin County Pennsylvania.
Kids enjoying the views from the Stone Mountain Hawk Watch.

The Belleville Flea Market (AKA the Belleville Farmers Market) is a Wednesday tradition in Mifflin County!

The Belleville Flea Market welcomes both Amish and non-Amish vendors and customers.
The Belleville Flea Market welcomes both Amish and non-Amish vendors and customers.

Featuring a colorful array of permanent buildings and temporary pop-up tents, you can buy just about anything at the Belleville Flea Market, including baked goods, produce, quilts, antiques, tools, housewares, and clothing.

Amish baked goods for sale at the Belleville Flea Market in Mifflin County Pennsylvania.
Amish baked goods for sale.

The Big Valley Antique Center near Reedsville features nearly 150 vendors, spread out over 2 floors and 40,000 square feet of shopping space.

Exploring the Big Valley Antique Center in Mifflin County Pennsylvania.
Scenes from the Big Valley Antique Center.

Big Valley Vista is located along the Millheim Pike in Mifflin County, one of eight amazing roadside vistas in the Bald Eagle State Forest!

Big Valley Vista sign along the Millheim Pike in the Bald Eagle State Forest.
Big Valley Vista sign along the Millheim Pike in Mifflin County.

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