The 20 Best Scenic Overlooks in PA Elk Country

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Square Timber Vista along Ridge Road in Cameron County.

Pennsylvania Elk Country is home to some spectacular scenic overlooks!

And while most people flock to Elk, Cameron, Clinton, and northwestern Centre counties to catch a glimpse of the Pennsylvania elk herd, the mountainous terrain and the expansive views it provides are another remarkable reason enough to visit the PA Wilds, as this region of the state is sometimes referred to.

Hikers taking on the view at Hyner Run State Park.
Hikers taking in the view at Hyner View State Park.

If you ARE searching for the Pennsylvania elk herd, I’ve got you covered there as well!

Be sure to check out “The 15 Best Elk Viewing Destinations in Pennsylvania” for maps, directions, and a slew of photos from the best spots to see the elk herd in the PA Wilds.

Elk Country Visitor Center food plot.
Pennsylvania elk.

But if you’re looking for something to do during the midday, when the elk are typically less active, follow along as I show you 20 of the best scenic overlooks in Pennsylvania elk country!

Fish Dam Vista on a foggy morning in Clinton County.
Fish Dam Vista on a foggy morning in Clinton County.

I’ll start in Benezette, the unofficial “Elk Capitol of Pennsylvania”, and work in a clockwise fashion around Elk, Cameron, Clinton, and Centre counties.

Sunrise at the Elk Country Visitors Center in Benezette Pennsylvania
Sunrise at the Elk Country Visitors Center in Benezette

As with all of my write-ups, click on the blue text links to read more in-depth articles about the overlook being discussed.


1. Winslow Hill

One of the most popular elk viewing areas in Benezette, Winslow Hill also offers up some extraordinary views, especially as the morning fog burns off.

The view from Winslow Hill elk viewing area near Benezette.
The view from Winslow Hill elk viewing area near Benezette.

Located just minutes from the Elk Country Visitor Center, Winslow Hill is a roadside gem, even more so when you consider that much of what you now gaze out upon is reclaimed strip mine property.

If you want to use navigation to find Winslow Hill, use GPS coordinates 41.34172, -78.36920.

Map to the 5 best elk viewing areas in Benezette.
Map to the 5 best elk viewing areas in Benezette.

2. Dents Run Elk Viewing Area

Another elk viewing area that doubles as a fine roadside scenic overlook, Dents Run Viewing Area (see map above) offers views for miles and a great chance to see elk in the early morning or late evening.

Food plots on State Game Lands 311 at Dents Run.
Food plots on State Game Lands 311 at Dents Run.

You’ll find Dents Run Viewing Area and vista at GPS coordinates 41.34572, -78.34693, along Winslow Hill Road.

Dents Run Elk Viewing Area in Elk County.
Dents Run Elk Viewing Area in Elk County.

3. Bucktail Overlook

Bucktail Overlook, also locally known as Mason Hill or The Top of the World, sits high above Driftwood, Cameron County, in the Elk State Forest.

Bucktail Overlook Elk Viewing Area in Cameron County Pennsylvania.
Bucktail Overlook in Cameron County.

Located off of Mason Hill Road at GPS coordinates 41.34981, -78.15342, Bucktail Overlook is a fantastic spot to watch the morning fog burn off and also spot elk feasting in the food plot planted near the parking area.

Elk as dawn breaks over Bucktail Overlook in Cameron County.
Elk as dawn breaks over Bucktail Overlook in Cameron County.

A word of caution about Mason Hill Road – it’s rough! Personally I can’t recommend taking anything other than a truck or SUV with decent ground clearance up that road.

Directions to Bucktail Overlook in Cameron County.
Directions to Bucktail Overlook in Cameron County.

4. Saint James Church

Looking southwest down the valley formed by the Bennet Branch of Sinnemahoning Creek, St. James Church in Driftwood has one of the best parking lot views you’ll find anywhere in PA elk country!

View of the Sinnemahoning Creek Valley from Saint James Church in Driftwood
View of the Sinnemahoning Creek Valley from Saint James Church in Driftwood

Use GPS coordinates 41.33977, -78.13352 to navigate to this marvelous spot in the heart of Driftwood.


5. Stevenson Dam

Stevenson Dam at Sinnemahoning State Park is located right along Route 872 at GPS coordinates 41.40681, -78.02057.

Stevenson Reservoir at Sinnemahoning State Park in Cameron County.
Stevenson Reservoir at Sinnemahoning State Park in Cameron County.

Wonderful views to the north and south along the valley carved out by the First Fork of Sinnemahoning Creek await you at Stevenson Dam, not to mention the chance to see elk grazing near the spillway.

Stevenson Dam spillway area at Sinnemahoning State Park.
Stevenson Dam spillway area at Sinnemahoning State Park.

6. Square Timber Vista

Square Timber Vista is one of six breathtaking vistas along a 3.5 mile stretch of Ridge Road in Cameron County.

Square Timber Vista along Ridge Road in the Elk State Forest.

Most easily accessed via Brooks Run Road near Stevenson Dam and Sinnemahoning State Park, Ridge Road is a state forest road, but certainly drivable in all but very low-clearance vehicles.

Directions to the scenic views along Ridge Road in Cameron County.
Directions to the scenic views along Ridge Road in Cameron County.

The views to the west over the Square Timber Natural Area are absolutely gorgeous!

The roadside Square Timber Vista in the Elk State Forest.
The roadside Square Timber Vista in the Elk State Forest.

If you are using navigation to find Square Timber Vista, use GPS coordinates 41.42762, -78.11508.

A sign at the vista lets you know where the “Square Timber” name came from.

Squaretimber Vista sign along Ridge Road in Cameron County.
Squaretimber Vista sign along Ridge Road in Cameron County.

7. Second Square Timber Vista

A few hundred yards up the road from Square Timber Vista you’ll find Second Square Timber Vista, with a similar view to the first.

Second Square Timber Vista along Ridge Road in Cameron County.
Second Square Timber Vista along Ridge Road in Cameron County.

Use GPS coordinates 41.43250, -78.11355 to navigate to this sweet little spot along Ridge Road.


8. Norcross Vista

Located at GPS coordinates 41.45137, -78.11212 along Ridge Road, Norcross Vista is the third roadside view you’ll come to along Ridge Road if headed north from Brooks Run Road.

Norcross Vista along Ridge Road in the Elk State Forest.
Norcross Vista along Ridge Road in the Elk State Forest.

9. Whitehead Vista

Whitehead Vista offers an marvelous western view of the Elk State Forest.

Whitehead Vista along Ridge Road in the Elk State Forest
Storm approaching Whitehead Vista along Ridge Road in the Elk State Forest.

Use GPS coordinates 41.46187, -78.11272 to navigate to Whitehead Vista along Ridge Road in Cameron County.

A sign at the vista tells you the origin of the “Whitehead” name.

Whitehead Vista sign along Ridge Road in Cameron County.
Whitehead Vista sign along Ridge Road in Cameron County.

10. Logue Run Vista

Logue Run Vista is located along Ridge Road at GPS coordinates 41.46888, -78.11331.

Logue Run Vista along Ridge Road in Cameron County.
Logue Run Vista along Ridge Road in Cameron County.

As with several of the other vistas along Ridge Road, a sign at the overlook explains the origin of the “Logue” name.

Logue Run Vista sign along Ridge Road in Cameron County.
Logue Run Vista sign along Ridge Road in Cameron County.

11. Upper Logue Run Vista

Upper Logue Run Vista is located a half-mile north of Logue Run Vista along Ridge Road at GPS coordinates 41.47610, -78.10768.

Upper Logue Run Vista along Ridge Road in Cameron County.
Upper Logue Run Vista along Ridge Road in Cameron County.

12. Sugar Camp Vista

Moving on to Clinton County, Sugar Camp Vista is located along Crowley Road at GPS coordinates 41.36919, -77.95311

Sugar Camp Vista along Crowley Road near Kettle Creek State Park.
Sugar Camp Vista along Crowley Road near Kettle Creek State Park.

A little less than a mile from Kettle Creek State Park, most people will pass this overlook on their drive to or from the next vista I mention.

Directions to Kettle Creek Vista in Clinton County.
Directions to Kettle Creek Vista and Sugar Camp Vista in Clinton County.

13. Kettle Creek Vista

Located at GPS coordinates 41.35977, -77.94276, Kettle Creek Vista is located off of Crowley Road in the Sproul State Forest, but overlooks Kettle Creek State Park.

Kettle Creek Vista overlooking Kettle Creek State Park in Clinton County.
Kettle Creek Vista overlooking Kettle Creek State Park in Clinton County

14. Keating Mountain Road Vista

Located at GPS coordinates 41.24752, -77.91118 along the goat path that passes for Keating Mountain Road, Keating Mountain Road Vista is certainly worth the effort to reach it, assuming you have a high-clearance vehicle.

Keating Mountain Road Vista in Clinton County.
Keating Mountain Road Vista in Clinton County.

15. Sinnemahoning Vista

Sinnemahoning Vista offers a superb view of the Sinnemahoning Creek valley from a roadside vantage point located at GPS coordinates 41.25270, -77.92409 along Keating Mountain Road.

Sinnemahoning Vista along Keating Mountain Road in Clinton County.
Sinnemahoning Vista along Keating Mountain Road in Clinton County.

16. Hyner View State Park

A small state park with HUGE views – that’s Hyner View State Park in Clinton County!

Fall foliage views for miles at Hyner View State Park.
Fall foliage views for miles at Hyner View State Park.

Located at GPS coordinates 41.32646, -77.62348, this 6 acre park offers magical views of the West Branch of the Susquehanna River, especially as the morning valley fog burns off.

Fog lifting at Hyner View State Park.
Fog lifting at Hyner View State Park.

17. Fish Dam Overlook

Fish Dam Vista along Route 144 in Clinton County.
Fish Dam Vista along Route 144 in Clinton County.

Located at GPS coordinates 41.23320, -77.78690 along Route 144 in Clinton County, Fish Dam Overlook offers visitors a view of a pair of Wild Areas in the Sproul State Forest.

Elk viewing areas in the Sproul State Forest in Clinton County.
Elk viewing areas in the Sproul State Forest in Clinton County.

18. Burns Run Overlook

Located right along side Route 144, Burns Run Overlook looks out over the Burns Run Wild Area in the Sproul State Forest.

Burns Run Overlook along Route 144 in Clinton County.
Burns Run Overlook along Route 144 in Clinton County.

Use GPS coordinates 41.23288, -77.78899 to navigate to this spot just south of Fish Dam Vista.

Burns Run Overlook sign along Route 144 in Clinton County.
Burns Run Overlook sign along Route 144 in Clinton County.

19. Fields Ridge Road

Located along Fields Ridge Road in Centre County, Fields Ridge Road Overlook rises high above the West Branch of the Susquehanna River.

Fields Ridge Road Overlook in Centre County.
Fields Ridge Road Overlook in Centre County.

Use GPS coordinates 41.20921, -77.95906 to navigate to this scenic view at the end of a 5 mile-long and relatively smooth state forest road.

Fields Ridge Road in the Sproul State Forest.
Fields Ridge Road in the Sproul State Forest.

Fields Ridge Road Overlook is close to Yost Run Falls, one of the best waterfall hikes in Centre County.

A map to Yost Run Falls and Fields Ridge Road Overlook in the Sproul State Forest.
A map to Yost Run Falls and Fields Ridge Road Overlook in the Sproul State Forest.

20. Teaberry Loop Trail Vista

Located in the Quehanna Wild Area, Teaberry Loop Trail Vista requires a short (330 yard) hike down a yellow-blazed path to this sensational view of the Paige Run and Red Run Valleys.

Teaberry Loop Trail Vista in the Quehanna Wild Area.
Teaberry Loop Trail Vista in the Quehanna Wild Area.

Use GPS coordinates 41.26361, -78.25174 to navigate to an unmarked but obvious pull-off along the Quehanna Highway, then follow the trail leading away from the road to the overlook.

Teaberry Loop Trail Vista in Elk County PA
Teaberry Loop Trail Vista in Elk County PA

So there you have it – 20 of the best roadside (or almost-roadside) scenic overlooks in Pennsylvania Elk Country!

And while it’s the elk that get most of the attention from visitors to this area, now YOU know of some excellent side-trips to take while searching out these noble creatures.

Majestic elk in the Sproul State Forest.
Majestic elk in the Sproul State Forest.

Nearby Attractions

Looking for more PA Elk Country adventures?

Be sure to check out “The 5 Best Roadside Attractions in the Quehanna Wild Area” for more tips!

October in the Marion Brooks Natural Area Elk County PA
October in the Marion Brooks Natural Area Elk County PA

Round Island Run Falls is another PA Elk Country attraction that requires a 2.2 mile round-trip hike to the largest waterfall in the PA Wilds!

Fall foliage at Round Island Run Falls in the Sproul State Forest.
Fall foliage at Round Island Run Falls in the Sproul State Forest.

For something totally different, be sure to check out “Exploring the Abandoned Nuclear Jet Engine Bunkers in the Quehanna Wild Area” to see a piece of Cold War history tucked away in a spot you’d probably least expect to see it.

Abandoned nuclear jet engine testing bunker entrance.

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