Sausser’s Stone Pile is a massive rock formation in the Rothrock State Forest that also happens to be one of the finest scenic overlooks in Huntingdon County!
Located along the Standing Stone Trail, this amazing natural attractions is relatively easy to hike to, provided you know where to start your hike at!
Directions to Sausser’s Stone Pile
Sausser’s Stone Pile is located 0.7 miles from a parking area along Allensville Road, at the very top of Stone Mountain, on the Huntingdon-Mifflin County line.
If navigating by GPS, use coordinates 40.56904, -77.82863 to locate the parking area and trailhead.
As mentioned previously, the hike to Sausser’s Stone Pile utilizes the Standing Stone Trail – pick it up at the back western corner of the parking area.
The first 0.3 miles of this hike follows the same orange-blazed route I describe in my article on visiting the Stone Mountain Hawk Watch.
Follow the relatively flat-but-rocky trail until you come to the hawk watch sign, where you can veer off the trail and up a slight incline to the hawk watch platform itself (GPS coordinates 40.57163, -77.82650).
Whether you visit on your way to or from Sausser’s Stone Pile, make sure you check out the views from the hawk watch as well!
Continue north along the Standing Stone Trail another 0.4 miles past the hawk watch to reach Sausser’s Stone Pile.
If navigating by GPS, use coordinates 40.57611, -77.82319 to find this incredible scenic overlook.
The Views from Sausser’s Stone Pile
Sausser’s Stone Pile provides 180° views when facing Huntingdon County.
To the south, you’re facing in the direction of the 1000 Steps.
To the north, you’re facing in the general direction of Greenwood Furnace State Park.
And to the west, you’re facing in the general direction of Indian Lookout.
There’s a large stacked-stone feature approximately 50 yards down the “pile” from the trail – use caution if you want to get a closer look.
Once you’ve had a chance to enjoy the views, you can simply retrace your steps back to Allensville Road, stopping off at the Stone Mountain Hawk Watch if you haven’t done so already.
Indian Lookout lies due west of Sausser’s Stone Pile, and is also located in the Rothrock State Forest.
The 1000 Steps is located due south of Sausser’s Stone Pile, also along the Standing Stone Trail.
Greenwood Furnace State Park is located due north of Sausser’s Stone Pile, and is also located in Huntingdon County.
The Alan Seeger Trail is a short but beautiful loop hike through the Alan Seeger Natural Area in the Rothrock State Forest.
Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center is a Penn State owned and operated nature and wildlife learning center, located just 12 miles outside of State College in rural Huntingdon County.
The recently-renovated Aviary at Shaver’s Creek has more than 20 non-releasable birds of prey that live on-site, including many species of owls, hawks, and eagles.
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