If you’re looking for directions to Ralph’s Majestic Vista in Centre County, you’re in the right place!
Ralph’s Majestic Vista in Centre County is one of the best scenic overlooks along the Allegheny Front Trail in the Moshannon State Forest!
And while several guidebooks and trail apps offer advice on hiking the entire 41.8 mile loop trail, the focus here is on a simple 1.4 mile out-and-back hike to see both Ralph’s Majestic Vista and nearby Ralph’s Pretty Good View along the Allegheny Front Trail.
Both vistas are named in honor of Ralph Seeley, founder of the Allegheny Front Trail and the Quehanna Trail.
Directions to Ralph’s Majestic Vista
The trail head for this hike is located along Underwood Road, a gravel state forest road in good condition as of October, 2022.
Underwood Road is itself quite scenic, particularly in the fall.
Parking is at a large clearing along Underwood Road where it intersects with the Allegheny Front Trail.
If you’re navigating by GPS, use coordinates 40.89330, -78.00156 to locate the parking area.
The hike begins where the trail enters the woods on the southeast side of the road, the opposite side of the road from the parking area.
The trail is well-blazed, easy to follow, and has an ever-so-slight uphill grade to it as you start out.
Approximately 0.4 miles into the hike, you’ll encounter a rocky chasm.
The trail slopes down through the chasm and bears left/east, reaching Ralph’s Majestic Vista in another 175 yards.
If you’re navigating by GPS, you’ll find Ralph’s Majestic Vista at 40.88853, -77.99510.
But don’t stop here, because an even better view (in my opinion) can be had just 2/10ths of a mile further along the trail.
Ralph’s Pretty Good View is indeed pretty good!
This view is located just a few paces off the main trail, along an obvious and well-worn path.
If navigating by GPS, you’ll find the overlook at coordinates 40.89006, -77.99130.
From here you have a panoramic view in the general direction of Julian and State College beyond that.
In my opinion, Ralph’s Pretty Good View is more visually interesting than Ralph’s Majestic Vista.
In fact, if it were up to me, I’d have switched the names of the vistas!
This is definitely a “must-see” spot if you’re into hiking and already visiting nearby Black Moshannon State Park.
Once you’ve had your fill of the “pretty good view” simply retrace your steps back to the parking area along Underwood Road, completing this 1.4 mile hike.
Black Moshannon State Park is just a few miles north of Ralph’s Majestic Vista.
Bald Eagle State Park is located 25 miles east of Ralph’s Majestic Vista.
Bilger’s Rocks, billed as “Pennsylvania’s Best Rock Outcropping”, is located 30 miles west of Ralph’s Majestic Vista.
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