Mount Magdiwata is situated in San Francisco, Agusan del Sur. The mountain is a major source of potable water supply in the province of Agusan del Sur. The mountain is estimated at 600 meters high above sea level. It has a land area of 1,658 hectares. It is rich in green vegetation and wildlife with tropical plants and animals like birds. It offers a breathtaking and panoramic sight of the province and poses as a background of the town of San Francisco.
There is a watershed issue regarding some illegal miners cutting trees for channel timbers. This and other vicious activities resulted in a water supply problem affecting almost 100,000 inhabitants of the capital town of Agusan del Sur. Because of that dilemma, the local government made a strict protection of the mountain. The area is a beneficiary of the Department of Environmental Natural Resource or DENR’s reforestation program under Billion Tree Act.
The area is also ideal for mountain climbing but there are some parts of the mountain that are steep and you need utmost care when hiking. In fact, there is a rope installed in the area for support but you need to watch your step and take care when crossing on the wires because they're a bit weak and looks breakable. Along the way to the peak of the mountain, you can spot different kinds of plants and trees.
There are waterfalls and streams that can be found in the area. You can also find a community of farmers and a religious group with interestingly unusual values and way of life.