The road is eroded with rough rocks left exposed. Watch your step. This is particularly the case near the mines where the state came in and blew up the land in front in order to bull doze them shut. The area also has a reputation for snakes so keep a look out. The state bureaucrats in Harrisburg have been battling with the locals to keep them out of their now destroyed (by the state) landmark, the Casparis Mines. The state has signs on the road leading to the overlook with warnings to keep out and no trespassing.
How to Access
You'll find few hikers accessing the overlook as most people use an off-road vehicle to get to it. The rugged dirt road, an offshoot of Casparis Road, leading to it is extremely rocky and rough on the ankles and requires crossing a stream, Laurel Run that is sometimes too high to ford across. Where to begin your hike is another difficulty if you don't have a high profile vehicle. There is no legal parking area to access it from unless you can drive all the way to the top of Chestnut Ridge and park at the State Game Land lot and then walk the rest of the way. With a high terrain vehicle, follow Pittsburgh Street in South Connellsville to the end and turn left onto McCormick Avenue that will bend to the right putting you on Casparis Road. Casparis Road becomes a rough rock road as it ascends up Chestnut Ridge. Once at the top you have a choice of finding a place to park on the side or continue driving. The road will eventually fork, take the right option descending to and crossing Laurel Run and then follow the road back to the parking area for PA State Game Land 51. You'll now be hiking nearly a mile past the former Casparis Mine (destroyed by the state) and then the rest of the way to the overlook.
Near the overlook are several other cliff tops that can offer a good view but are usually obscured by some vegetation. Shortly before Lookout Point is a small trail leading to a rock top that offers a direct view of the Chestnut Ridge cross section on the other side of the river, but mostly obscured by tree branches outside of winter. The lesser one can be accessed by following the dirt road a little bit further, just fifty feet or less, to where you'll see a rock outcropping below you. This also would have the best visibility in winter.