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.
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.
Swimming: The swimming pool is open:
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
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.
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission laws apply. Complete information on boating rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Web site.
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.
Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission laws apply. Complete information on fishing rules and regulations in Pennsylvania is available from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission Web site.
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
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
If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit.
The land that became Mt. Pisgah State Park was first cleared for farmland in the early 1800s. Many of the early settlers came from New England and their descendants still reside in the area. These hearty pioneers cleared the old growth pine and hardwood trees and stacked the stumps in fence rows, which still border the old fields. The environmental interpretive center is dedicated to those early settlers who helped form our country.
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania obtained the land in 1969 with funds from Project 70, a state bond issue. Facilities were developed through Project 500, another state bond issue, and a grant from the Federal Land and Water Conservation Fund. Stephen Foster Dam was completed in 1977. Mt Pisgah State Park was dedicated in 1979.
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DiscoverE has programs for young people ages 4 to 17, provided by Pennsylvania State Park educators. By combining recreation and education, we hope to motivate children to learn more and return often, leading to a lifetime of outdoor enjoyment and conservation leadership.
In Watershed Education, teachers and students assess water quality of a local stream on a quarterly basis and develop strategies to solve local water quality problems.
ECO Camp - Exploring Careers Outdoors - is a week-long residential camp for a cross-section of high school youth from across Pennsylvania, sponsored by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR). Participate in action-packed, hands on activities and recreational adventures in Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests that expose youth to conservation, recreation and careers in natural resources. Learn how people make a living working in the outdoors.
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Mount Pisgah State Park
Information on nearby attractions is available from the Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau. www.endlessmountains.org
Mt. Pisgah County Park features picnicking, hiking, hunting and scenic vistas.
The Old Methodist Church and cemetery is along Steam Hollow Road two miles from the park. The church was built in the early 1800s and is one of the oldest churches in this area.
This area is rich in American Indian history, and excellent American Indian lore and exhibits can be found at the Bradford County Museum in Towanda, and the Tioga Point Museum in Athens. Both museums feature a wealth of local history.
The Bradford County Farm Museum is in Troy, on PA 14 north. The museum’s numerous and varied exhibits capture and keep alive the traditions of country life in grandfather’s day. Over a thousand artifacts will educate younger visitors and spark recollections for the older guests.
State Game Land 289, 1,126 acres, is open for public hunting, hiking, birding and nature study. Please respect posted rules and regulations.
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Interactive GIS Map
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Mount Pisgah is on Wallace Road (SR 3019), two miles north of US 6.
GPS DD: Lat. 41.80605 Long. -76.6688
Driving Directions: The Interactive GIS Map has turn-by-turn driving directions to the park office from the Park Information Window. Please note that the background maps are maintained by a variety of public sources and driving directions usually go to the nearest large road.
Mount Pisgah State Park