The 10 Best Scenic Overlooks in the Laurel Highlands

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A view of Deer Valley Lake from Camp Buckey Overlook in Somerset County.
A view of Deer Valley Lake from Camp Buckey Overlook in Somerset County.

The Laurel Highlands of Western Pennsylvania (Somerset, Fayette, and Westmoreland counties) are home to some of the finest scenic vistas in the Keystone State!

The view from High Point Lake Overlook on Mount Davis
View from Mount Davis, the highest point in Pennsylvania.

From the top of Mount Davis, the highest point in Pennsylvania, to the deck of the man-made Salisbury Viaduct along the Great Allegheny Passage, here’s how to find the 10 best scenic overlooks in the Laurel Highlands.

The eastern horizon as viewed from the Salisbury Viaduct.
The eastern horizon as viewed from the Salisbury Viaduct in the Laurel Highlands.

1. Baughman Rock Overlook

The author photographing an autumn sunrise at Baughman Rock Overlook.
The author photographing an autumn sunrise at Baughman Rock Overlook.

Baughman Rock Overlook at Ohiopyle State Park is not only one of the best scenic overlooks in the Laurel Highlands, but it may be THE BEST spot to catch a stellar sunrise!

The author photographing a late winter sunrise at Baughman Rock Overlook.
The author photographing a late winter sunrise at Baughman Rock Overlook.

Located along Sugarloaf Road in Fayette County, Baughman Rock Overlook easy to get to, no matter what season you visit.

The author and daughter at Baughman Rock Overlook during Winterfest.
The author and daughter at Baughman Rock Overlook during Winterfest.

One of the best “Instagram spots” at Ohiopyle State Park, you can find directions to Baughman Rock Overlook HERE.


2. Tharp Knob Overlook

Tharp Knob Overlook at Ohiopyle State Park.
Tharp Knob Overlook at Ohiopyle State Park.

Tharp Knob Overlook, located approximately 1/4 mile from the Tharp Knob picnic area at Ohiopyle State Park, offers a panoramic view into the town of Ohiopyle itself.

How to find the best scenic overlooks at Ohiopyle State Park.
Map of the best scenic overlooks at Ohiopyle State Park.

You can navigate to the Tharp Knob picnic area / parking lot at GPS coordinates 39.87057, -79.50627.

Tharp Knob Overlook itself can be found at GPS coordinates 39.87221, -79.50510.


3. Youghiogheny River Overlook

The Youghiogheny River Overlook along the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail.
The Youghiogheny River Overlook along the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail.

The Youghiogheny River Overlook is located along the Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail as it passes through Ohiopyle State Park.

The Youghiogheny River Overlook at Ohiopyle State Park.
The Youghiogheny River Overlook at Ohiopyle State Park.

An uphill hike approximately 1.77 miles from the LHHT trail head in Ohiopyle, you can find the Youghiogheny River Overlook at GPS coordinates 39.85707, -79.46388.


4. Beam Rocks Overlook

Fall foliage around Beam Rocks in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania.
Fall foliage around Beam Rocks in the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania.

Beam Rocks Overlook in the Forbes State Forest, Somerset County, in one of the best spots to view the vibrant fall foliage the Laurel Highlands is famous for.

Relaxing at Beam Rocks in Somerset County.
Relaxing at Beam Rocks in Somerset County.

Beam Rocks Overlook is located a half-mile from the Beam Rocks trail head along Laurel Summit Road, which you can navigate to at GPS coordinates 40.13467, -79.16372.

Beam Rocks Overlook in the Forbes State Forest.
Beam Rocks Overlook in the Forbes State Forest.

You can read an in-depth article about Beam Rocks Overlook, complete with maps and more photos, HERE.


5. Wolf Rocks Overlook

Springtime at Wolf Rocks Overlook in the Forbes State Forest
Springtime at Wolf Rocks Overlook in the Forbes State Forest.

Wolf Rocks Overlook, also located in the Forbes State Forest, is located 2 miles from the Wolf Rocks trail head located off of Linn Run Road.

How to find the Wolf Rocks Trail Head near Somerset Pennsylvania.
How to find the Wolf Rocks Trail Head near Somerset, Pennsylvania.

Another outstanding fall hike, Wolf Rocks Overlook offers a 180 degree view of Linn Run State Park and Westmoreland County.

Fall foliage at Wolf Rocks Overlook in Somerset County PA
Fall foliage at Wolf Rocks Overlook in Somerset County PA

You can read a complete write-up on Wolf Rocks Overlook HERE.


6. Mount Davis Overlook

Deer Valley Lake as viewed from Mount Davis Observation Tower in Somerset County PA
Mount Davis Overlook in Somerset County.

At 3,213 feet above sea level, Mount Davis is the highest point above sea level in Pennsylvania.

Geologic history of Mount Davis in Somerset County.
Geologic history of Mount Davis in Somerset County.

An observation tower, located just a few yards from a parking area on top of Mount Davis, offers 360 degree views of the surrounding lakes and forest.

The observation tower at Mount Davis in Somerset County.
The observation tower at Mount Davis.

You can navigate to the Mount Davis Observation Tower parking lot at 39.78587, -79.17672.

Windmills in the distance as viewed from Mount Davis Observation Tower in Somerset County PA
Windmills in the distance as viewed from Mount Davis Observation Tower

7. High Point Lake Overlook

The view of High Point Lake from the observation area along South Wolf Rock Road on Mount Davis.
The view of High Point Lake from the observation area along South Wolf Rock Road on Mount Davis.

Located just minutes from the Mount Davis Observation Tower, the High Point Lake Overlook combines a small picnic area with an outstanding view of High Point Lake at the base of Mount Davis.

High Point Lake Overlook along South Wolf Rock Road on Mount Davis.
High Point Lake Overlook along South Wolf Rock Road on Mount Davis.

You can navigate to the High Point Lake Overlook at GPS coordinates 39.78209, -79.18090.

The view from High Point Lake Overlook on Mount Davis
High Point Lake Overlook in Somerset County.

8. Camp Buckey Overlook

Camp Buckey Overlook on Mount Davis in the Laurel Highlands.
Camp Buckey Overlook on Mount Davis in the Laurel Highlands.

Camp Buckey Overlook is my favorite scenic vista on Mount Davis.

How to find the nest scenic overlooks on Mount Davis in Somerset County Pennsylvania
Map of the best overlooks on Mount Davis in Somerset County.

A 220 yard hike from a parking area along Camp Buckey Road brings you to this stunning lookout over Deer Valley Lake below.

The view from Camp Buckey Overlook in October.
The view from Camp Buckey Overlook in October.

You can navigate to the Camp Buckey Overlook parking area in the Forbes State Forest at GPS coordinates 39.80546, -79.19452.

Fall foliage surrounding Camp Buckey Overlook in Somerset County PA
Fall foliage surrounding Camp Buckey Overlook in Somerset County PA

9. Big Savage Overlook

The Big Savage Tunnel Overlook along the Great Allegheny Passage.
The Big Savage Overlook along the Great Allegheny Passage.

The Big Savage Overlook is located near the southern end of the Big Savage Tunnel along the Great Allegheny Passage.

A man on a recumbent bicycle prepares to travel the 3,294 foot Big Savage Tunnel along the Great Allegheny Passage.
A man on a recumbent bicycle prepares to travel the 3,294 foot Big Savage Tunnel along the Great Allegheny Passage.

Another outstanding spot to view fall foliage in the Laurel Highlands, you can read a complete write-up on the Big Savage Tunnel and Overlook HERE.

Spectacular views from the Great Allegheny Passage, just south of the Big Savage Tunnel.
Spectacular views of fall foliage from the Big Savage Overlook along the Great Allegheny Passage.

10. Salisbury Viaduct Overlook

Summer sunrise over the Casselman River and the Salisbury Viaduct
Summer sunrise over the Casselman River and the Salisbury Viaduct

The Salisbury Viaduct is a man-made overlook in Somerset County that offers amazing sunrise AND sunset vistas.

An epic sunset over the Salisbury Viaduct along the Great Allegheny Passage.
An epic sunset over the Salisbury Viaduct along the Great Allegheny Passage.

This 101 foot-tall railroad bridge turned bike path is part of the Great Allegheny Passage.

The Salisbury Viaduct disappears into the Pennsylvania foothills near Meyersdale.
The Salisbury Viaduct disappears into the Pennsylvania foothills near Meyersdale.

You can navigate to a parking area next to the Salisbury Viaduct at GPS coordinates 39.83133, -79.03996.

The Casselman River flowing beneath the Salisbury Viaduct.
The Casselman River flowing beneath the Salisbury Viaduct.

A complete write-up on the Salisbury Viaduct can be found HERE.


Nearby Attractions

Discover more of the Laurel Highlands most amazing natural attractions by checking out “21 Must-See Waterfalls in the Laurel Highlands of PA”.

Selfie at Lower Jonathan Run Falls, Ohiopyle State Park

Or perhaps covered bridges interest you?

Then be sure to check out “Exploring the Covered Bridges of Somerset County”, where you’ll find driving directions to all 10 historic sites.

Fall foliage at Walters Mill Covered Bridge in Somerset County PA
Walter’s Mill Covered Bridge in Somerset County.

The Laurel Highlands was named by USA Today as one of the top destinations in the United States to view fall foliage.

Fall foliage around the High Bridge over the Youghiogheny River along the Great Allegheny Passage.
Fall foliage around the High Bridge over the Youghiogheny River at Ohiopyle State Park..

The 12 Best Places to View Fall Foliage at Ohiopyle State Park will show you why!

Fall foliage along the Ferncliff Trail at Ohiopyle in the Laurel Highlands.
Fall foliage along the Ferncliff Trail at Ohiopyle in the Laurel Highlands.

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