Zaleski State Forest--Lookout Rock

About this Location

Lookout Rock is located on Hope-Moonville road, a narrow, gravel road that winds through Zaleski State Forest. At one point, the road goes along a saddleback ridge with steep drop-offs to either side. On one side of the road, we saw a tall sandstone cliff. Lookout Rock is a wedge-shaped outcropping. The road continues uphill and rises to nearly the same level as the top of Lookout Rock. From there its practically a flat walk to the rocky promontory that makes up Lookout Rock. There is a small pull-off near the base of the cliff. There is also a parking spot up the hill that is wide enough to allow you to turn your car around for the return trip.

About Zaleski State Forest

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The Zaleski State Forest is the second largest forest in the system. The Zaleski State Forest Backpack Trail was established on the forest to provide backpacking opportunities as well as to introduce some scenic and historic aspects of the forest. The main trail is a loop of 23.5 miles. There is also a 10-mile day loop trail.


  • Restrooms on site

Content from Bruce Simpson, Naturalist at Blendon Woods Metro Park, Robert Royse, and Zaleski State Forest webpage