Exploring Skyline Drive Vista in the Gallitzin State Forest

How to find the roadside Skyline Drive Vista in the Gallitzin State Forest.

Skyline Drive Vista is a picturesque roadside overlook in the Gallitzin State Forest, on the eastern edge of the PA Laurel Highlands.

How to find Skyline Drive Vista in the Gallitzin State Forest.
A map to Skyline Drive Vista in the Gallitzin State Forest.

Skyline Drive Vista is located in close proximity to County Line Vista, making for a great 1-2 combo when you’re in the area, assuming you can handle the 1/2 mile hike to County Line Vista.

How to find County Line Vista in the Gallitzin State Forest.
County Line Vista along the County Line Trail in the Gallitzin State Forest.

Skyline Drive Vista is located right along Skyline Drive (a dirt state forest road) at GPS coordinates 40.23314, -78.66069, or 400 yards east of the intersection of Skyline Drive and Buffalo Road (see map above).

Skyline Drive Vista along Skyline Drive in the Gallitzin State Forest.
Skyline Drive Vista along Skyline Drive in the Gallitzin State Forest.

Standing on the viewing platform, to your left you’re looking in the direction of Blair County and Blue Knob State Park.

Skyline Drive Vista in Somerset County PA
Skyline Drive Vista in Somerset County, PA.

While to your right you’re looking out over Bedford County in the direction of Shawnee State Park.

The overlook platform at Skyline Drive Vista in the PA Laurel Highlands.
The overlook platform at Skyline Drive Vista in the PA Laurel Highlands.

A beautiful overlook just minutes from Route 56 on the Somerset-Bedford county line – add Skyline Drive Vista to YOUR PA Bucket List!

Skyline Drive Vista along the Somerset-Bedford county line in the Gallitzin State Forest.
Skyline Drive Vista along the Somerset-Bedford county line in the Gallitzin State Forest.

Nearby Attractions

As mentioned previously, County Line Vista is another outstanding overlook located nearby, but it does require a short (1/2 mile one-way) hike to reach it.

Approaching the viewing platform at County Line Vista in the Gallitzin State Forest.
Approaching the viewing platform at County Line Vista in the Gallitzin State Forest.

The views make the hike more that worth it!

Looking out over Bedford County from the County Line Vista in the Gallitzin State Forest.
Looking out over Bedford County from the County Line Vista in the Gallitzin State Forest.

Located 15 miles south of Skyline Drive Vista you’ll find another amazing vista the site of the former SS Grand View Ship Hotel, once one of the most unique hotels in all the United States!

The view from the site of the former SS Grand View Ship Hotel along the Lincoln Highway.
The view from the site of the former SS Grand View Ship Hotel along the Lincoln Highway.

This iconic hotel and restaurant thrilled travelers along the Lincoln Highway (now Route 30) for nearly six decades, until it closed in the late 1980’s and subsequently burned to the ground in 2001.

Postcard image of the Grand View Point Hotel along the Lincoln Highway.
The SS Grand View Ship Hotel along the Old Lincoln Highway in Bedford County.

Also located nearby along the Lincoln Highway you’ll find the 1806 Old Log Church, the oldest standing church in Bedford County.

Fall foliage in Bedford County at the 1806 Old Log Church.
The 1806 Old Log Church along the Lincoln Highway in Bedford County.

This spartan house of worship features a “wine glass pulpit”, called such as it resembles that type of drinking vessel.

The tea cup pulpit inside the 1806 Old Log Church in Schellsburg PA.
The tea cup pulpit inside the 1806 Old Log Church in Schellsburg PA.

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