The 8 Best Roadside Views in the Bald Eagle State Forest

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Fall foliage at New Lancaster Valley Vista in the Bald Eagle State Forest.

The Bald Eagle State Forest is home to some of the finest scenic overlooks Pennsylvania.

And while many require some degree of hiking ability to reach them, I’m going to show you 8 fantastic roadside views in the Bald Eagle State Forest that require no hiking whatsoever!

Bells Majestic View in the Bald Eagle State Forest on a summer afternoon.
Bells Majestic View in the Bald Eagle State Forest on a summer afternoon.

I’ll provide you with a map that shows the location of all 8 overlooks, as well as GPS coordinates that you can plug into your navigation or favorite mapping app, so that you can create your own custom road trip to see these exceptional roadside views in the Bald Eagle State Forest.


Map to the Best Roadside Views in the Bald Eagle State Forest

A map to the best roadside scenic overlooks in the Bald Eagle State Forest.
A map to the best roadside scenic overlooks in the Bald Eagle State Forest.

The Bald Eagle State Forest covers 193,424 acres scattered across 5 counties.

The 8 views mentioned here are in Centre, Mifflin, and Snyder counties, located along state forest (non-paved) roads.

Poe Paddy Drive in the Bald Eagle State Forest.
Poe Paddy Drive in the Bald Eagle State Forest.

I’ll describe the vistas moving from west to east, but you of course can visit them in any order you like.


Big Valley Vista

Big Valley Vista is located along the Millheim Pike in Mifflin County.

Big Valley Vista sign along the Millheim Pike in the Bald Eagle State Forest.
Big Valley Vista sign along the Millheim Pike in the Bald Eagle State Forest.

Use GPS coordinates 40.78464, -77.51479 to guide you to this excellent view 3 miles northeast of Siglerville.

Big Valley Vista in the Bald Eagle State Forest.
Big Valley Vista in the Bald Eagle State Forest.

Bells Majestic View

Bells Majestic View is located along the Siglerville-Millheim Pike in Centre County.

Bells Majestic View in the Bald Eagle State Forest on an October morning.
Bells Majestic View in the Bald Eagle State Forest on an October morning.

Use GPS coordinates 40.82967, -77.50880 to guide you to this stellar sight overlooking Penns Valley.

Bells Majestic View sign along Siglerville-Millheim Pike in the Bald Eagle State Forest
Bells Majestic View sign along Siglerville-Millheim Pike in the Bald Eagle State Forest

Chocolate Drop Vista

Chocolate Drop Vista is located along Pine Swamp Road in Centre County.

Chocolate Drop Vista sign along Pine Swamp Road in the Bald Eagle State Forest.
Chocolate Drop Vista sign along Pine Swamp Road in the Bald Eagle State Forest.

Use GPS coordinates 40.83228, -77.45111 to navigate to this spectacular spot less than a mile from Poe Valley State Park.

Chocolate Drop Vista along Pine Swamp Road in the Bald Eagle State Forest.
Chocolate Drop Vista along Pine Swamp Road in the Bald Eagle State Forest.

Penns View

Penns View is located along Poe Paddy Drive in Centre County.

Penns View in the Bald Eagle State Forest on an October morning.
Penns View overlooking Coburn in the Bald Eagle State Forest.

Use GPS coordinates 40.84247, -77.45271 to navigate to this magnificent view high above Penns Creek.

Penns View overlooking Penns Creek in the Bald Eagle State Forest.
Penns View overlooking Penns Creek in the Bald Eagle State Forest.

Ingleby View

Ingleby View is located along Poe Paddy Drive in Centre County, just minutes from Penns View.

Ingelby View in the Bald Eagle State Forest.
Ingleby View in the Bald Eagle State Forest.

Use GPS coordinates 40.84435, -77.43404 to navigate to this marvelous roadside attraction in the Bald Eagle State Forest.

Poe Paddy Drive sign at intersection with Pine Swamp Road in the Bald Eagle State Forest.
Poe Paddy Drive sign at intersection with Pine Swamp Road in the Bald Eagle State Forest.

Ravens Knob Vistas

Ravens Knob Vistas is the ultimate 2-for-1 bargain!

Ravens Knob West Vista in the Bald Eagle State Forest.
Ravens Knob East Vista in the Bald Eagle State Forest.

Located at the same spot along Pine Swamp Road in Centre County, you have your choice of exquisite mountain views, depending on which direction you are facing.

Ravens Knob Vistas sign along Poe Paddy Drive in the Bald Eagle State Forest.
Ravens Knob Vistas sign along Poe Paddy Drive in the Bald Eagle State Forest.

Use GPS coordinates 40.83857, -77.42534 to navigate to this superb ridgetop pair of vistas.

Ravens Knob West Vista in the Bald Eagle State Forest.
Ravens Knob West Vista in the Bald Eagle State Forest.

New Lancaster Valley Vista

New Lancaster Valley Vista may be my personal favorite view of the 8 listed here.

New Lancaster Valley Vista in the Bald Eagle State Forest.
New Lancaster Valley Vista in the Bald Eagle State Forest.

Located along Locust Ridge Road in Snyder County, use GPS coordinates 40.79362, -77.31011 to navigate to this extraordinary vista facing Milroy and Mifflin County in the distance.

New Lancaster Valley in the Bald Eagle State Forest.
New Lancaster Valley in the Bald Eagle State Forest.

So there you have it – directions to 8 of the best roadside views in the Bald Eagle State Forest!

Chocolate Drop Vista in the Bald Eagle State Forest on a summer afternoon.
Chocolate Drop Vista in the Bald Eagle State Forest on a summer afternoon.

Nearby Attractions

As mentioned in the write-up, several of these vistas are located close to Poe Valley State Park, one of the 5 best state parks near State College.

Beach facilities at Poe Valley State Park.
Beach facilities at Poe Valley State Park.

The nearby Rothrock State Forest is also home to several outstanding scenic overlooks, including the roadside Jo Hays Vista near State College.

The view from Jo Hays Vista near State College.
The view from Jo Hays Vista near State College.

If scenic overlooks are your passion, be sure to check out “The 7 Best Scenic Overlooks in the Buchanan State Forest” for maps and directions to the best vistas in Bedford, Fulton, and Franklin counties.

An autumn afternoon at Big Mountain Overlook in the Buchanan State Forest
Big Mountain Overlook in the Buchanan State Forest.

If you’re looking for even MORE scenic views, check out “The 20 Best Scenic Overlooks in PA Elk Country” for maps and directions to the best vistas in Elk, Cameron, and Clinton counties.

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

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  1. Good stuff. Except for Buchanan, Forbes, and Elk County, I have shot many of your shots. However, I have not shot them in the peak of colors in Autumn as you have. I just returned from a week in Eagles Mere and Ricketts Glen–target rich area. Keep up the great work, and I’ll enjoy following you. Michael Desmond put me in touch with your work. tom

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