Vistas and Overlooks


The mountainous nature of Pennsylvania creates many opportunities for scenic views from overlooks and vistas. Listed here are the most beautiful in Pennsylvania State Parks. Navigate with the map or view the list below.

Click on a region in the map or zoom in on the map using the zoom tool on the left. Clicking on a park in the map will reveal an information box with a listing of amenities in the park, and a link to the park in the listing far below.

The direction links below will take you to a listing of parks with picnicking facilities and amenities.

North   -   South   -   East   -   West


 

North


Colton Point State Park

Pine Creek Gorge

- Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania.


Visitors enjoy the view of the Pine Creek Gorge from Colton Point State Park, Pennsylvania.
Hyner View State Park

Hyner Vista

- View of upper Susquehanna River Valley.


A hanglider sails over a river valley at Hyner View State Park, Pennsylvania.
Kettle Creek State Park

Kettle Creek Vista

- View of lake and mountains.


Lake and mountains can be seen from the overlook at Kettle Creek State Park, Pennsylvania.
Kinzua Bridge State Park

Kinzua Viaduct

- View of valley and enginerring landmark.
The Kinzua Creek Valley can be seen from the Sky Walk at Kinzua Bridge State Park, Pennslyvania.
Leonard Harrison State Park

Pine Creek Gorge

- Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania.


Leonard Harrison State Park is on the left side in this photo of the Pine Creek Gorge from Colton Point State Park, Pennsylvania.
Little Pine State Park

McKees Run Vista

- View of lake and mountains.


 
Lyman Run State Park

Lyman Run Vista

- View of lake and mountains.


 
Ole Bull State Park

Ole Bull Vista

- View from the Ole Bull Homestead.


 
Raymond B. Winter State Park

Halfway Vista

- View of the park from McCall Dam Road.


 
Shikellamy State Park

Shikellamy Overlook

- Confluence of the branches of the Susquehanna River.


The clifftop overlook towers over the confluence of the Susquehanna River at Shikellamy State Park, Pennsylvania.
Sinnemahoning State Park

Stevenson Dam

- View of lake and mountains.


Mountains cradle the lake at Sinnemahoning State Park, Pennsylvania.

 

 

South


Blue Knob State Park

Many Vistas

- Chappells Field Vista

- Knob Road Vista

- Pavia Lookout

- Second Highest Point in PA

- Willow Spring


This snow covered mountain top is Blue Knob State Park, Pennsylvania.
Colonel Denning State Park

Flat Rock

-View of state forest valley and mountains.


 
Cowans Gap State Park

Cowans Gap Vista

- Lake and valley view.


 
Greenwood Furnace State Park

Stone Valley Vista

- View of state forest valley and mountains.


 
Kings Gap Environmental Education Center

Mansion Overlook

- View of the Cumberland Valley.


The Cumberland Valley spread far in the view from the porch of the mansion at Kings Gap Environmental Education Center, Pennsylvania.
Pine Grove Furnace State Park

Pole Steeple

- View of state forest valley and mountains.


Forested mountains stretch to the horizon from Pole Steeple Overlook at Pine Grove Furnace State Park, Pennsylvania.
Prince Gallitzin State Park

Headache Hill

- View of the lake from the top of the water tower.


 

A family enjoys the view from atop the water tower on Headache Hill at Prince Gallitzin State Park, Pennsylvania.
Samuel S. Lewis State Park

Susquehanna River

- View of the Susquehanna River Valley.


A family enjoys the view of the Susquehanna River at Samuel S. Lewis State Park, Pennsylvania.
Susquehannock State Park

Susquehanna River Views

- Hawk Point Overlook

- Wissler Run Overlook

- Pinnacle Overlook

- Urey Overlook


The Susquehanna River is partially frozen from the vista at Susquehannock State Park, Pennsylvania.
Trough Creek State Park

Great Trough Creek Gorge

- Scenic gorge with geologic wonders.


Autumn-colored leaves drape the gorge walls of Trough Creek State Park, Pennsylvania.

 

 

East


Big Pocono State Park

Big Pocono

- View Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey.


From the top of Camelback Mtn. can be see two adjoining states at Big Pocono State Park, Pennsylvania.
Hickory Run State Park

Skyline Trail Vista

- Scenic Lehigh Gorge and river.


 
Lehigh Gorge State Park

Lehigh River Gorge

- Scenic gorge and river.


The Lehigh River passes between trees at Lehigh Gorge State Park, Pennsylvania.
Ralph Stover State Park

High Rocks

- View of Tohickon Creek Valley.


 
Washington Crossing Historic Park

Bowman's Hill Tower

- View of Delaware River Valley from 125-foot tall tower. An entrance fee may be charged.


A stone towers rises above the trees at Washington Crossing Historic Park, Pennsylvania. 250.jpg
Worlds End State Park

Canyon Vista

- See to the end of the world.


Low clouds are in the valley in this vista view from Worlds End State Park, Pennsylvania.

 

 

West


Cook Forest State Park

Two Views of Clarion River Valley

- Old Firetower

- Seneca Point Overlook


Fog clouds the Clarion River Valley at Cook Forest State Park, Pennsylvania.
Laurel Ridge State Park

Many Overlooks

- There are many overlooks along the 70-mile hiking trail.


 
McConnells Mill State Park

Slippery Rock Gorge

- The gorge was carved by catastrophic glacial dam failure, draining huge lakes.


The Slippery Rock Gorge is tree-lined with a creek in the bottom at McConnells Mill State Park, Pennsylvania.
Moraine State Park

Lake Views

- The large lake has many viewing areas on the North and South Shores.


Colorful sailboats reflect on the lake at Moraine State Park, Pennsylvania.
Ohiopyle State Park

Many Vistas of the Deepest Gorge in Pa.

- Baughman Rock

- Firetower Overlook

- Kentuck Overlook

- Tharp Rock


Autumn-colored leaves cloak the mountains in this view from Baughman Rock Vista at Ohiopyle State Park, Pennsylvania.
Pymatuning State Park

Gatehouse View

- View of the historic building and the huge lake.


This building is the gate house at Pymatuning State Park, Pennsylvania.