Mount Pisgah State Park has 11 miles of trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Registered snowmobiles are permitted on 9 miles of designated trails. Snowmobiling is permitted from December to April 1 based on weather conditions.
Mount Pisgah State Park’s 1,302-acres is in the scenic Endless Mountain region of Pennsylvania’s Northern Tier along Mill Creek. It is at the base of Mount Pisgah 2,260’, elevation. Pisgah in Hebrew means "summit" or "peak". The park is on route 3019 midway between Troy and Towanda, two miles north of US route 6.
Early in the 19th century settlers first migrated from New England to the area. The land was cleared of dense old growth forest for farming. Mount Pisgah State Park was opened in 1979. Mill Creek flowing through the park was dammed in 1977 creating 75-acre man made Stephen Foster Lake. The lake was name for Stephen Foster, a former resident of Tioga County.
The lake provides fishing, boating and skating. Ice fishing may produce bass, bluegill, crappies, and perch. The lakes west shore has easy lake access with a parking lot. For safe ice fishing it is recommended that ice thickness is at least 4 inches thick. Prepare for unforeseen situations by bringing safety equipment. Ice-skating is permitted on the lake depending on ice conditions.
Hunting is allowed on 1,100 acres of the park, based on state hunting regulations. Game species within the park include pheasant, ruffed grouse, rabbits, squirrels, turkey, and white tailed deer. Hunting groundhog (woodchucks) is prohibited. The park welcomes dog training from Labor Day to March 31 in designated hunting areas.
Looking ahead to spring and summer Mount Pisgah State Park offers varied outdoor facilities. The playground has swings, a sandbox, horseshoe pits, and volleyball courts. The scenic wooded picnic area with pool overlooks the lake. Three picnic pavilions may be reserved and a fourth is on a first-come, first served basis.
The swimming pool is open from Memorial Day to mid August. It is equipped with a ramp for people with disabilities, restrooms, dressings rooms, showers, a first aid station, and lifeguard. A snack bar offers beverages and food.
Boating on the lake is permitted for electric motors with swimming prohibited. Mooring spaces may be rented on a seasonal basis, and boat rentals are available during summer.
Mount Pisgah State Park
28 Entrance Road
Troy PA is a borough of 1,508 population at 1,099’ elevation. The borough of Towanda has a population of 2,919 on the Susquehanna River, 66 miles northwest of Wilkes Barre. Towanda means ‘burial ground’ in the Algonquin language.
Mount Pisgah State Park is a 2 1/2 hour drive of 145 miles from Rochester NY. Drive US 390 south to Hammondsport, then US 86 to Elmira. Drive south on route 14 into Pennsylvania to Troy and east on route 6 following signs to Mount Pisgah State Park.
Any time of the year Mount Pisgah State Park is equipped to welcome everyone, come down and see.