High Knob Overlook

Nestled on the edge of the woods of the Loyalsock State Forest in Sullivan County is the High Knob Overlook. At around 2000 feet high, the scenic overlook allows for expansive views of the hills and valleys to its west, with breathtaking views of 20 miles out on most days. While it's off the beaten path, the overlook is quite easy to get to, as there are paved roads leading right up to the parking lot for the overlook. The overlook sits on an Appalachian plateau where the hills and valleys were carved by ice during the Wisconsinan glaciation of the last Ice Age.

You can easily see the Loyalsock Creek valley, neighboring Tioga and Lycoming Counties, more mountains in the Loyalsock State Forest and more. Spectacular sunsets make the overlook quite popular, and due to the dark skies at night, it's also possible to see people out with telescopes gazing at the night sky. Other popular times to visit the High Knob Overlook are during the month of June when the mountain laurel blooms, as well as during the autumn for peak foliage. The overlook is actually reasonably close to the historic town of Eagles Mere, as well as Worlds End State Park (which has the Loyalsock Canyon Vista to check out).

A recreational trailhead for the nearby hiking trails on Worlds End Road, which is a shortcut between PA Route 42 near Eagles Mere and PA Route 154 at Worlds End State Park. If you are driving, you can turn left here at Dry Run Road and follow the signs to the High Knob Overlook. If you keep going straight beyond the turnoff for the overlook, the road becomes unpaved and you can eventually pass by Dry Run Falls and the ranger station near PA 87 in Hillsgrove. If you are hiking, the 60 mile long Loyalsock Trail passes by the overlook.

Looking at the nearby mountains from the overlook. We are looking towards Hillsgrove and the valley surrounding Loyalsock Creek here.


I came back to watch the sunset. I actually wound up camping at a nearby roadside campsite, so it made coming back for the sunset quite convenient. About a half dozen people joined me in watching the sunset from the overlook. I'd like to come back on a clear night sometime and look at the stars.




Sources and Links:
Pennsylvania DCNR - Worlds End State Park
Clear Dark Sky - High Knob Overlook
Interesting Pennsylvania and Beyond - High Knob Overlook and Dry Run Falls
Pennsylvania DCNR - Loyalsock State Forest
Outstanding Geologic Feature of Pennsylvania - High Knob Overlook, Sullivan County (PDF)

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