An Unforgettable View Awaits
You can reach Mt. Nittany Overlook Event Center by multiple routes; we thought we’d share some of them—complete with landmarks—to help you enjoy the ride! Note: The starting point for all of these directions is in State College, keeping in mind the majority of hotels are in State College along Atherton Street.
Our Favorite Route: This is the most scenic, the safest (with less curvy roads up the mountain), and the one your GPS will likely not tell you about! It takes you through the beautiful farmland that Mt. Nittany Event Center overlooks. Start by taking S. Atherton Street (US-322) away from downtown State College and into Boalsburg, where you will take a left onto PA-45. Follow 45 past the red Neff Round Barn (historic landmark) and the Grange Fairgrounds until you reach PA-144 (you’ll see a Snappy’s on the right). Take a left onto 144, go through the town of Centre Hall, and continue up the mountain. Mt. Nittany Overlook will be on your left just at the top. If you start going back down, you’ve gone too far!
Here are two other routes that might also suit you:
Most Direct Route: Head out of State College on Beaver Ave (PA-26) for 4 miles. Keep right at a fork in the road to continue on 26 (Nittany Mall will be on your left just after this fork). This road will take you past Rockview (look for groundhogs, deer, or even turkeys on its expansive lawn!) State Prison, through the village of Peru, past the Driver’s License Center and into Pleasant Gap. Take a right onto PA-144 at the Uni-Mart traffic light, passing through a residential area (be aware of speed trap here!) and winding your way up the mountain. Look for Mt. Nittany Overlook on your right once you reach the top. If you start heading back down, you’ve gone too far!
Interstate 99, for those who prefer the highway:
Using GPS, get on I-99 north toward I-80. Take the Harrison Rd exit, and take a left at CPI (Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology), then wind past fire and law enforcement training areas. Go through the traffic light and, in about a country block, you’ll come to a stop sign at PA-144. Take a left on 144 and wind your way up the mountain. Look for Mt. Nittany Overlook on your right once you reach the top. If you start heading back down, you’ve gone too far!