Dogwood Swamp Trail Cleaned and Blazed

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Don't miss the Dogwood Swamp Trail this time of year. Friends of Pisgah volunteers John Herrick and Kim Nilsen, plus Pisgah Manager Whip Newell finished blazing, cleaning up debris, and dropping trees on their last legs over the last 1.4 miles of the 3.3 mile trail today. So, now, the entire trail is in fine shape from Mile 4 on the road into Fullam Pond all the way to the upper parking lot on Reservoir Road.

While most of the forest has yet to color up, the string of high elevation bogs on the Dogwood Swamp Trail are in full polychrome color now. Get off the couch. Turn off the TV. Drop to doughnut in the trash. Get out there.

K.r. Nilsen

ATV access trail from NH Rt 119 parking lot to Reservoir Road Closed for Repairs

09/25/2017 - 7:00am
09/27/2017 - 5:00pm
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Pisgah State Park - The ATV access trail from the NH Rte. 119 parking lot to Reservoir Road will be closed for repairs September 25th-27th. Watch the state websites www.nhdfl.org or www.nhstateparks.org for updates.

Inge Seaboyer

Forester III

NH Division of Forests & Lands

Forest Management Bureau

Caroline A. Fox Research & Demonstration Forest

603.464.3453

Ingeborg.seaboyer@.nh.gov

foxforest@nh.gov

FOP Pisgah Reservoir Canoe & Kayak Outing

10/07/2017 - 10:00am
10/07/2017 - 3:00pm
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A once popular event, a canoe and kayak outing on beautiful Pisgah Reservoir, is being revived this October 7th by the Friends of Pisgah.  The Reservoir features numerous islands and a varied shoreline with stunning rock formations. The largest body of water in the Park is remote so this event is a rare opportunity.  All are invited.

Folks will assemble at the lower Pisgah State Park trailhead parking lot on NH Route 119 between Ashuelot and Winchester so we can ready the boats for hauling.  Car parking will be at the upper lot on Reservoir Road in Pisgah State Park.

The event will run from 10AM to 3 PM and preregistration is required.  Contact FOP at FriendsofPisgah@gmail.com to register.   Complete and sign the attached registration form.  Either send the signed form to: Friends of Pisgah, Inc., PO Box 134, Chesterfield, NH 03443 or bring with you to the event.

FOP volunteers will shuttle boats and gear to the water up the steep road to the Reservoir where parking is limited.

Participants should bring their own boat; paddles; a life preserver for each person is mandatory; water and lunch.  Be prepared to hike from the upper parking lot. It is a steep road to the Reservoir as parking is limited to boat transport vehicles. Those unable to hike can be accommodated in boat transports upon request.

The rain date will be the following day Sunday, 10/8/17.

Summer 2017 Update Posted

The Summer 2017 edition of Update the Friends of Pisgah newsletter has been posted.  Click the Newsletter tab to check it out.

FOP 3rd annual Run in the Park 5K/10K Trail Race/Walk - May 27th

Well it’s official; the 3rd Annual Run in the Park is in the books.  Saturday May 27th was the day which turned out to be a pleasant sunny day.  Leading up to race day there had been plenty of days of rain which has been our spring trend this year.  The rain and lack of sun made for some muddy slippery conditions which made the terrain a bit more challenging.  All in all feedback was that it was still a good day to be out enjoying the park and miles of trail.

June 10th Trail Maintenance Gathering Spot Changed!

06/10/2017 - 10:00am
06/10/2017 - 2:00pm
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The Friends of Pisgah are meeting at the Route 119 Trailhead in Hinsdale Saturday, June 10th, 2017 at 10:00 am to work on the south end of the Reservoir Trail. We are going to attach signs along the trail, move trees and branches off the trail and open paths for water to drain off the trails.

Prepare for sun, black flies and mosquitoes and bring water and lunch.  Bring your own tools or use ours.
See you Saturday!

May 13th Park Workday

The Friends of Pisgah met at the Horseshoe Road Trailhead in Chesterfield Saturday, May 13th, 2017 at 10:00 am to work on the upcoming 10K race loop (mostly Reservoir, North Ponds and Lily Pond Trails). Numerous trees and branches across the trails were removed and paths opened for water to drain off the trails.

We broke up into 3 groups.  Doug Favreau, Iva Woods and Sherisa Sterling cleared the northern section of South Woods Trail, the Habitat Trail and Lily Pond Trail.  Jon Knickerbocker, John Herrick and Park Manager Whip Newell cut tree on the south end of Lily Pond Trail.  Matt Edson, Jack Kondos and John Hudachek cleaned the Reservoir Trail down to North Ponds Trail. The intersection of North Ponds Trail and the Reservoir Trail was cleared and new signs made by Whip installed.  Much pooled water was drained.

The black flies were fierce at the trailhead, but diminished in the park interior.  We were all done and on our way home by 2:30.

John Hudachek

FOP Run in the Park 5K/10K Trail Race/Walk Results

Thank you to everyone who came out on a busy Memorial Weekend to
support the Friends of Pisgah and enjoy the day with us.  We had a
beautiful day with a few days of rain before that made for some slippery
trail conditions.  All in all feedback was that it was still a good day
to be out enjoying the park.

We are happy to tell you that results are posted and can be found at http://results.active.com/events/3rd-annual-friends-of-pisgah-5k-10k-trail-race-walk.  

In the coming days be sure to check out the Friends of Pisgah Facebook page www.facebook.com/FriendsOfPisgah/?ref=bookmarks.for race pictures.  

We hope to see you again next year and be sure to invite your friends for even more fun.

Thank you,

Friends of Pisgah

Pisgah State Park Open for All Activities

Whip Newell, the Pisgah State Park Manager, informed us today, May 25, 2017, that the park is now open for all activities.

May 13th Friends of Pisgah Trail Maintenance

05/13/2017 - 10:00am
05/13/2017 - 2:00pm
Etc/GMT-4

The Friends of Pisgah are meeting at the Horseshoe Road Trailhead
in Chesterfield Saturday, May 13th, 2017 at 10:00 am to work on the
upcoming 10K race loop (mostly Reservoir, North Ponds and Lily Pond
Trails). Most trees across the trails have been recently removed, but
with May high winds more will down and/or leaning across the trail.  We
need help moving trees and branches off of the trail and opening paths
for water to drain off the trails.

Prepare for black flies and bring water and lunch.  Bring your own tools or use ours.