Located near Leroy, PA, Sunfish Pond County Park is a best kept secret. Isolated and located on top of a mountain, the park covers 70 acres, and the pond is about 30 acres in size. It is a natural pond, fed by springs. Sunfish Pond County Park is surrounded by the vast wilderness of SGL 12.
The park is very serene and beautiful. Night skies bring an astonishing display of stars and constellations. Park roads surround much of the lake, but it is a very nice walk nonetheless. Much of the pond’s shores appear undeveloped. Camping is permitted at the park, but it is most popular with RVs or campers. There are 12 tent sites, but some of the sites are less than ideal as they are not level, small, or inundated with brush. If I recall correctly, sites 3 and 10 were the best. A few sites are along the water and are very nice. There are showers and even a small store.
Sunfish Pond is a great place for kids with a playground and a beautiful pond to paddle or fish.
The park’s best attribute is that it can be a basecamp to explore this wild, beautiful region of Bradford County. This area is truly one of PA’s best kept secrets.
You can camp here and hike to Bradford Falls, Falls Creek, and Long Valley Run, whitewater kayak Schrader Creek, hike to the waterfalls of Satterlee Run, hike to Deep Hollow Vista and Falls, see the pools and cascades along Little Schrader Creek, try some bouldering and rock climbing, hike to Rollinson Run’s gorge and waterfalls, or ride bikes on the old S&NY railroad grade between Laquin and Wheerlerville. Historian buffs will enjoy exploring Barclay’s old cemetery. Bird watchers and wildlife lovers should check out the Swimming Dam.
After hiking to Bradford Falls and Falls Creek, I drove to this park and walked around the pond, enjoying the reflections of clouds across the still water. I was impressed by the silence and serenity of this place. It does feel set apart.
I drove down Leroy Mountain Road and pulled off where it crosses Holcomb Run to see its beautiful cascading waterfalls over mossy ledges.
I drove through Bradford County’s sublime countryside, heading to my next stop-Wyalusing Rocks.
Location of Sunfish Pond County Park