Mount Pisgah lives up to the biblical origin of its name - the mountain where Moses viewed the Promised Land. At least, it offers views of biblical proportions. Mount Pisgah defines the eastern wall of Willoughby Gap on the eastern side of Lake Willoughby, a landlocked fjord that is both a National Natural Landmark and a designated natural area by the State of Vermont. The lake is the centerpiece of 7300-acre Willoughby State Forest, which was established in 1928.
It is sometimes called “the Lucerne of America” for its shape and the way the mountains on either side of its shores rise so steeply. The hike up Mount Pisgah offers some spectacular views of the lake, but it is not a great choice if you are scared of heights, or as one fellow hiker once stated, “Not scared of heights. Scared of edges.” Dogs are not acrophobic, so they will not experience an adrenaline rush atop one of Pisgah’s precipitous overlooks, yet your pet will like this hike for its smooth footing and the chance to swim in the sizable beaver pond near the trailhead, known as Swampy’s Pond.
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