Elevation: 3,213 feet
Location: Mount Davis State Forest Monument
Visited: November 2021
The highest point in Pennsylvania is located on Mount Davis, which sits along the Negro Mountain ridge near the Maryland border. It was named after John Nelson Davis, an early settler and former owner of the site. He was also an American Civil War veteran, land surveyor and naturalist. In terms of high points in the United States, this one is pretty straightforward and easy to get to.
We arrived at the Mount Davis State Forest Monument in the late afternoon. There was a large sign to point us in the right direction for where to find the highest point in Pennsylvania. While there are a few hiking trails that lead to the highest point, you can also drive most of the way there, which is what we did since we were short on time.
From the parking lot we followed along a short trail for a couple hundred metres to the metal observation tower.
But before checking out the views, we first read a few of the interpretive signs from the exhibit nearby. The signs provide more information about the history of the area and the types of flora and fauna that can be found here.
It was then time for us to climb the observation tower. It was surprisingly sturdier than it looks. At the summit there’s a relief map of the region. The sun was just starting to set and casted a nice glow in the surrounding forest and valley. It sure was windy from up top though.
Afterwards we checked out some of the rocks near the base of the tower and found the official highest point marker.
We then followed the signs back to the parking lot. On the drive out of the park we made a detour at an overlook and watched the sun set further into the horizon.