Viewpoints, sitting places and wildlife-viewing areas should be included from the outset as part of the overall design of the trail system. There are several different kinds of viewpoint, each with its own requirements for design and maintenance to keep them open by removing overgrowing vegetation.
Different types of view: (a) A
panoramic view, where the foreground design is kept simple so as to avoid competing with the wide, distant vista. (b) A canopied view, where the overhead tree branches give an enclosed feeling in contrast to the open view beyond. (c)
A filtered view, looking through a partial screen of trees. (d) A framed view, where the massive rocks frame the valley and view of a waterfall. (e) A focal view, where the ridges and lake lead the eye to the head of the valley. f) A feature view, where a prominent landmark is visible across an open space.