If you’re looking for directions to Wolf Rocks in the Gallitzin State Forest, you’re in the right place!
Wolf Rocks is a beautiful geological formation located along the orange-blazed John P. Saylor Trail in the Somerset County portion of the forest.
Don’t confuse this Wolf Rocks with the Wolf Rocks Overlook in the nearby Forbes State Forest (pictured below) – these are two totally different locations.
Directions to Wolf Rocks in the Gallitzin State Forest
The trailhead for the Wolf Rocks hike as I’m going to describe it is located along Verla Drive, a mile in off of Route 56 (see map below).
The parking area is located next to a small bridge at GPS coordinates 40.21068, -78.76487.
The hike begins on the side of the road opposite the parking area, and follows the John P. Saylor Trail for 0.8 miles to the rock formation.
Exploring the Rocks
Wolf Rocks is an oblong-shaped formation of boulders that seem to jut up from the Earth to heights as great as 30 feet above the surrounding forest.
Between these boulders you’ll find all sorts of mini-caves and crevasses.
There is no “official” trail around the perimeter of Wolf Rocks, but it’s easy to pick out numerous “user trails” to make you way around as well as through some of the crevasses at Wolf Rocks.
On the northeast side of Wolf Rocks you’ll find a path that leads out on top of the formation.
Use caution as you explore the top of Wolf Rocks, especially if you choose to step over some of the smaller crevasses.
The top of the rock formation is roughly 60 yards across at it’s widest point.
There is a partial view of the horizon to the southwest, but the surrounding trees prevent this from being much of a scenic overlook.
There is, however, an unobstructed view of the sky, making Wolf Rocks a great place to visit if you just want to soak up the sun in a relatively secluded environment.
The Clear Shade Creek swinging bridge serves as a connector between the 2 loops that make up the John P. Saylor Trail in the Gallitzin State Forest.
County Line Vista is located right along the Somerset-Bedford county line in the Gallitzin State Forest.
Skyline Drive Vista is a picturesque roadside overlook in the Gallitzin State Forest.
The Lost Children of the Alleghenies Monument preserves the tale of the tragic disappearance of 2 young brothers and the mysterious circumstances by which they were found.
Pavia Overlook at nearby Blue Knob State Park is located atop the second-highest mountain in Pennsylvania!
17 Must-See Pennsylvania Rock Formations is your guide to even more great spots to check out in “Rocksylvania”!
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