|Looking up Highland Valley|
The Ingleby Overlook
Every now and then, I get strange ideas in my head and rather than think it out, I act. After spending the day in Poe Valley, I decided to take Gary up to the overlooks. When I saw the sign "No Maintenance" at the base of the mountain at Poe Paddy State Park, I knew it was going to be rough. The sad part is that it is just as rough as I remember traveling on it almost fifteen years ago.
|Ingleby, from the Ingleby Overlook|
The road up the side of the mountain is narrow in places and I only hoped that nobody else had decided to come down the mountain because it would be a tight fit. At the top of the mountain there is an overgrown vista. The last time I was out here there was a path out to the point overlooking Penns Creek as it bends around the mountain. A slight trail still goes up over the bank but quickly disappears. Not being dressed for bushwhacking, we decided not to hike the short distance to the point and we soon continued on our way.
The next mile was definitely exciting. The first portion was a single dirt track that ran the very top of the mountain; looking out either window of the truck was a view straight down the mountainside. After passing this portion of the road, we soon found ourselves on a really rough, eroded piece of road. A couple times I had to debate which way I was going to take the truck so not to slide into any of the gulleys eroded in the middle of the road. We finally got to another smooth (still rough, but not as rough) piece of road.
|Looking at Poe Valley from the|
Raven's Knob Overlook
We found ourselves at another overlook; it was Raven's Knob. A small spur road goes the twenty yards up the mountainside to another vista, but coming up from the Poe Paddy side I wasn't able to easily make the turn onto the spur road without hitting some of the protruding rocks. Parking at the base of the spur road, Gary and I walked up to the open area. Northward I could see mountains and far to the left of the vista I could see hints of the secluded community of Ingleby. Looking to the south of this vista I could see down Poe Valley. At the far side of the opening for the vista an old road disappeared into the woods. Though the ruts could be still seen in the ground, it hadn't been used in many, many years because of the trees growing up in the middle of the road.
The next mile was the worst section of this road. I stopped counting the number of times I had to stop, get out of the truck and debate what I was going to do. The last thing I wanted to do was bounce into the deep ruts in the road or clip one of the large rocks protruding out of the dirt road. Then we discovered the next vista.
|The Ingleby Overlook|
The Ingleby Overlook is (in my opinion) a much better vista than Penns View, but getting to it is much harder. The overlook has a number of rocks protruding from the mountainside that allows a grand view of Ingleby and a view up Lick Hollow. Gary and I explored the rocks and enjoyed the sights from this vista as I pointed out the sights below us. After exploring the area and taking more pictures than either of us could count, we continued on until we reached Penns View.
For those interested in seeing the Ingleby Overlook, I would recommend parking at Penns View and hiking in to visit it. It would roughly be a two/two and a half mile round trip from this point. If you have a truck with clearance and bravery, you can drive right up to it.