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The McMichael Lookout

On the summit of the Muncy Hill, less than a mile from the river gap, may be seen the McMichael Lookout, a much frequented resort for scenery connoisseurs and picnickers. On a clear day a magnificent view can be had from the observatory of the valley basin and of the surrounding hills and mountains. Scarcely a bright day passes in summer that it is not visited by one or more parties. The writer was there once when four large assemblages of persons unexpectedly met, and the crowd that day was much too big for the accommodation. The structure is not a pretentious affair, but it is a great convenience to the public, is strongly constructed, and is furnished with tables, seats, and a cooking stove, for the enjoyment of everybody without distinction or consideration; and for his disinterested beneficence Mr. R. R. McMichael has the thanks of many appreciative people. The beauty of the view this Lookout commands must be seen to be understood. No one can adequately describe it. It is not vastness that makes it so attractive, though it embraces territory belonging to five counties, Lycoming, Sullivan, Union, Northumberland and Montour, and its longest range may not exceed forty miles, from the northeast to the southwest, but it is its varied and singular physiographic features that makes it so pleasing. A good field-glass is a desirable help to "view the landscape over," and to see all that can be seen.

  • Gernerd, J. M. M., The Muncy Valley: Snap-Shots of Scenery, Geology and History, 1909, Press of the Gazette and Bulletin, Williamsport PA
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