MOUNT PISGAH STATE PARK
Mt. 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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The swimming pool is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day, unless posted otherwise. 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.
Boating: electric motors only
The 75-acre Stephen Foster Lake has a boat-launching ramp, 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 boat registration from any state. Non-powered boats must display one of the following: boat registration from any state; launching permit or mooring permit from Pennsylvania State Parks that are available at most state park offices; launch use permit from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.
Mount Pisgah State Park is located near Sayre
The main picnic area is adjacent to the pool complex and looks out over the lake. The pleasant wooded area gives a choice of sunny or shaded tables. Please dispose of all charcoal in special barrels in the picnic area. Visitors of all ages can enjoy the sand volleyball court and horseshoe pits.
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. Call 888-PA-PARKS for reservations.
Hiking: 10 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.
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 slide programs on various environmental topics, including bears, snakes and owls. During the summer months, youth ages 4 to 13 are invited to participate in day camps, including Touch and Grow, Environmental Discovery and Junior Naturalist.
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.
For information on other attractions and accommodations, please contact the Endless Mountains Visitors Bureau, 800-769-8999, www.endlessmountains.org.
Mt. Pisgah County Park features picnicking, hiking, hunting, rustic camping 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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