Mount Pisgah State Park


Mount Pisgah State Park is in the scenic Endless Mountains region of Pennsylvania’s Northern Tier. Midway between Troy and Towanda in Bradford County, the 1,302-acre park is along Mill Creek, at the base of Mt. Pisgah, elevation 2,260 feet. The park is only two miles north of US 6, the major route through the northern tier. Secondary roads passing through the villages of East Troy and West Burlington travel over rolling farmland to the park.

A dam on Mill Creek forms Stephen Foster Lake, named after the famous composer and onetime local resident. The 75-acre lake provides fishing, boating and skating. Adjacent to the park are Mt. Pisgah County Park and State Game Land 289.

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Hiking   -  Picnicking   -  Swimming   -  Boating   -  Fishing   -  Hunting   -  Education  -  Cross-country Skiing   -  Snowmobiling   -  Ice Fishing   -  Ice Skating  

The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.Picnicking: The main picnic area is adjacent to the pool complex and overlooks the lake. The pleasant, wooded area gives a choice of sunny or shaded tables. Visitors of all ages can enjoy the sand volleyball court, horseshoe pits, playground, swings and sandbox.

Three picnic pavilions may be reserved up to 11 months in advance for a fee. Unreserved picnic pavilions are free on a first-come, first-served basis.

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The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.Swimming: The swimming pool is open:
11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends only from Memorial Day to mid-June
11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily from mid-June to mid-August
The pool season ends mid-August.

Swimming is not permitted in the lake. The pool depth ranges from eight inches to five feet and includes a ramp for people with disabilities. The pool complex contains dressing rooms, showers, restrooms and a lifeguard and first aid station. A snack bar offers food and beverages.

PARENTS-You are responsible for the safety of your children. Please supervise their activities while enjoying the swimming pool, playground, hiking trails and other facilities. Please observe posted pool rules to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit.

Open in the summer season in the pool complex, the snackbar offers hamburgers, hotdogs, pizza, French fries, soda, slushies, ice cream, candy and other summer fare. It is open noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.


Boating: electric motors only
The 75-acre Stephen Foster Lake has a boat launch, courtesy dock, restroom and parking on the northern shore. Mooring spaces can be rented on a seasonal basis. Adjacent to the causeway, boat rentals are available during the summer season from a concessionaire.

Please wear your personal flotation devices while boating.

Motorboats must display a current boat registration. Non-powered boats must display one of the following: boat registration; launching permit or mooring permit from Pennsylvania State Parks, available at most state park offices; launching permit from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

Complete information on boating rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Web site.


The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.Fishing: The 75-acre Stephen Foster Lake provides habitat for perch, bass, bluegill and crappie. On the west shore of the lake is an ADA accessible angler's area that features a parking lot and easy access to the lake for shore fishing. Ice fishing is permitted. For your safety, be sure the ice is at least four inches thick and carry safety equipment. All Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission seasons, rules and regulations apply.

Complete information on fishing rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Web site.


The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.Hunting and Firearms: About 1,100 acres are open to hunting, trapping and the training of dogs during established seasons. Common game species are deer, turkey, rabbit, grouse, pheasant and squirrel. Hunting is permitted on adjacent State Game Land 289.

Hunting woodchucks, also known as groundhogs, is prohibited. Dog training is only permitted from the day following Labor Day through March 31 in designated hunting areas. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Pennsylvania Game Commission rules and regulations apply. Contact the park office for ADA accessible hunting information.

Use extreme caution with firearms at all times. Other visitors use the park during hunting seasons. Firearms and archery equipment used for hunting may be uncased and ready for use only in authorized hunting areas during hunting seasons. In areas not open to hunting or during non-hunting seasons, firearms and archery equipment shall be kept in the owner's car, trailer or leased campsite. Exceptions include: law enforcement officers and individuals with a valid Pennsylvania License to Carry Firearms are authorized to carry a firearm concealed on their person while they are within a state park.

Complete information on hunting rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Game Commission Web site.


Hiking: 11 miles of trails
A series of hiking trails are suitable for everyone from the casual walker to the experienced hiker. The trails travel around the lake, through wooded areas, old fields, open farmland or rugged terrain. Certain trails are open in winter for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing.


Winter Activities


Explore the Winter Report for the current snow and ice depths.


Cross-country Skiing: Some of the park's 11 miles of trails are good for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.


Snowmobiling: Registered snowmobiles may use the nine miles of designated trails. Snowmobiles may be operated on designated trails and roads from the day following the last deer season in December until April 1, weather permitting.


Ice Fishing: The 75-acre Stephen Foster Lake provides habitat for perch, bass, bluegill and crappie. On the west shore of the lake is an angler's area that features a parking lot and easy access to the lake for shore fishing. Ice fishing is permitted. For your safety, be sure the ice is at least four inches thick and carry safety equipment. All Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission seasons, rules and regulations apply.


Ice Skating: Ice skating is permitted on the natural ice of the lake dependent upon ice conditions. Ice thickness is monitored at the fishing area and at the boat launch.


Environmental Education and Interpretation


The park environmental interpretive center houses artifacts and displays linking us with our past. You can learn about early farm life and the wildlife around us. A walk through the butterfly garden enables the visitor to catch a close glimpse of our area’s “flying flowers.”

The park offers a variety of interpretive programs for the general public. Visitors can enjoy guided nature walks, night hikes and programs on various environmental topics, including bears, snakes and owls. During the summer months, youth ages 4 to 13 are invited to participate in DiscoverE day camps, including Hide ‘n Seekers, Outdoor Explorers and Penn’s Adventurers.

In the spring and fall, programming shifts from interpretation for the general public to environmental education for school groups. The park serves as an outdoor classroom for area schools. Students participate in hands-on environmental education activities to further their awareness and understanding of the natural world. Reservations must be made in advance.

For additional information on any programs provided by Mt. Pisgah State Park, contact the park office.

Explore the Calendar of Events for a listing of events from today forward.

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Access for People with Disabilities


The ADA symbol indicates that this activity or structure is ADA accessible.If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit.