If you’re looking for directions to Chimney Rocks Park in Blair County, you’re in the right place!
Chimney Rocks Park near Hollidaysburg in Blair County is home to 3 impressive scenic overlooks and a pair of “chimney-shaped” limestone rock pillars, all in a beautiful borough park setting.
Easy to reach and fun to explore, Chimney Rocks Park is a great spot to spend an hour or two if you find yourself passing through the Altoona area.
Chimney Rocks Park FAQs
Chimney Rocks Park is located just off of Route 36, on the southern outskirts of Hollidaysburg, PA.
The physical address of Chimney Rocks Park is 143 Clapper Lane, Hollidaysburg PA.
Yes – use GPS coordinates 40.41853, -78.38731 to navigate to the parking area at Chimney Rocks Park.
The map below shows the location of all 3.
The lower overlook is easily accessed via a smooth, flat trail.
The middle and upper overlooks require a short but strenuous hike on a non-maintained dirt path.
Yes, next to the parking area.
The loop trail on the main level of the park is popular with dog walkers, and there is a picnic pavilion and small playground area as well.
Because of the tall, chimney-shaped limestone pillars on top of this mountain.
According to local legend, the flat spot on top of one of the limestone “chimneys” was used as a seat/lookout by the local Native American tribal chief.
Yes – there is a large stone furnace along the entrance road to the park.
The Borough of Hollidaysburg.
Exploring the Lower Overlook at Chimney Rocks Park
The lower lookout at Chimney Rocks Park offers a great view into the Borough of Hollidaysburg and the mountains to the north.
On a fall day it’s a spectacular spot for viewing the fall foliage of Central PA as well.
As mentioned previously, the walking trail leading from the parking are to the lower overlook at Chimney Rocks is flat and smooth.
Exploring the Middle Overlook at Chimney Rocks Park
The middle overlook at Chimney Rocks Park is accessed via a non-maintained dirt path (think ATV trail), that while short, is fairly steep.
The middle overlook is basically the midpoint on the trail between the parking lot and the upper overlook at Chimney Rocks Park, so figure 1/8th of a mile.
The views from the middle overlook are to the west, out over the lower level of the park below and Duncansville in the distance.
This is another lovely spot to take in the fall foliage in October, even on an overcast day.
Exploring the Upper Overlook at Chimney Rocks Park
The upper overlook at Chimney Rocks Park offers the most dramatic view of the 3 at the park.
The 180 degree panorama unfolds before you as you approach the edge of the fenced-in observation area.
THIS is the view that has made Chimney Rocks such an attraction for such a long time!
A weather-beaten plaque affixed to one of the rocks at the upper overlook was replaced with this new replica of the original in 2023.
The fall foliage views from the upper overlook at Chimney Rocks are fantastic!
And with the help of a zoom lens, you get an enviable birds-eye view into downtown Hollidaysburg.
The view to the west is of Route 22 fading away into Duncansville and the distant mountains, in the direction of Ebensburg.
Final Thoughts on Chimney Rocks Park
Any one of the 3 overlooks at Chimney Rocks Park would be road trip-worthy.
But having all 3 in one easy-to-get-to park make Chimney Rocks Park a must-see when passing through Blair County and Central PA!
The world-famous Horseshoe Curve is only minutes away, near Altoona.
A must-see for any railfan, the Horseshoe Curve was once regarded as one of the “engineering wonders of the world”!
The Altoona Railroaders Memorial Museum in Blair County celebrates the lives of both railroad workers and railroading communities in central Pennsylvania.
Unlike many “train museums” that focus primarily on engines and cars, the Railroaders Memorial Museum focuses primarily on the men and women who kept the engines running and the cars rolling.
The abandoned lime kilns at Canoe Creek State Park are remnants of a thriving limestone-processing facility that once operated around the clock in this now-tranquil corner of Blair County.
Antique Depot and Flea Market is housed in a 74,000 square foot indoor facility in Duncansville, Blair County.
Tytoona Cave is part of a 6.8 acre Nature Preserve between the cities of Tyrone and Altoona in Blair County.
According to the National Speleological Society, “The first 1,000 feet of the cave are easily accessible by novices and is an excellent location to educate visitors about the cave’s geology and hydrology”.
16 Must-See Attractions in Blair County is your guide to even more great things to see and do near Chimney Rocks Park!
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