Tharp Knob Vista Overlook

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View from Tharp Knob Vista Overlook

Tharp Knob is scenic vista from a grassy summit above Ohiopyle with a gorgeous view looking east of the Youghiogheny River and Gorge meandering through Laurel Ridge with its rugged slopes and knobs. The river town of Ohiopyle is partially visible and looks like a quaint little village that is dwarfed by the enormous wild natural terrain that surrounds it. The highest point of the ridge at nearly 3000 feet can be seen five miles by looking past several broad slopes of the lower part of the ridge. You can almost trace the path of the Youghiogheny River as it winds its way through the mountainous landscape. An easily recognizable landmark is Sugarloaf Knob that can be seen from a portion of the overlook.

Two benches are present to allow you to relax while enjoying the scene and if the conditions are right you can hear the river rapids from the valley some 600 feet below you. Occasionally a train will move through the scene and it took can often be heard from this location.

Features to Experience

Ferncliff Peninsula Laurel Ridge Low Ohiopyle Bridge Sugarloaf Knob Tharp Knob Youghiogheny River Youghiogheny River Gorge


The slope could be a challenge for certain visitors.

How to Access

Park at the Tharp Knob Picnic Area and follow signs up a hill where you'll emerge into a meadow with an opening cut in the trees at the end.

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Adjacent Places

Tharp Knob Picnic Area