Friends of Pisgah August 17, 2019 Bridge Building

The Friends of Pisgah volunteers met at the Upper Reservoir Road Trailhead off Route 119 in Winchester at 9:00am Saturday, August 17th. FOP President Matt Edson, Abe and Sam Howe, Gerry Croteau, John Hudachek, David Weisel and Pisgah State Park Manager Whip Newell transported all the bridge materials and tools to the bridge site and rebuild the second bridge from the south end of Pisgah Reservoir trail. By early September the goal is to also rebuild the third bridge.

July 2018 Pisgah Reservoir Road Timber Harvest

The Pisgah Reservoir Road timber sale (which stopped because of all the rain last summer) is active again.  Updates will be made on the Parks web page:




Inge Seaboyer

Forester III

NH Division of Forests & Lands

Forest Management Bureau

Caroline A. Fox Research & Demonstration Forest


Kilburn Pond Porta Potty

IMPORTANT: NH Parks and Recreation has installed a porta-potty at the Kilburn Loop junction with Kilburn Road near the north end of Kilburn Pond to handle human waste from the many visitors to the pond and the nearby trails. The Friends of Pisgah had been talking about sanitation needs for more than a year now, and now Parks southern district supervisor Tara Blaney and Pisgah Park manager Ralph (Whip) Newell have made the latrine installation possible.This is welcome news.

FOP 3rd Annual Pisgah Reservoir Canoe & Kayak Outing

10/05/2019 - 10:00am
10/05/2019 - 3:00pm

The Friends of Pisgah is hosting the third annual canoe and kayak outing on beautiful Pisgah Reservoir this October 5th.  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 must arrive at the lower Pisgah State Park trailhead parking lot on NH Route 119 between Ashuelot and Winchester by 10:00 am so we can ready the boats for hauling.

The event will run from 10AM to 3 PM and preregistration is required.  Contact FOP at 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, 10/6/2019.

Friends of Pisgah Saturday, July 13th Trail Maintenance

07/13/2019 - 10:00am
07/13/2019 - 2:00pm

The Friends of Pisgah volunteers are meeting at the Upper Reservoir Road Trailhead in Winchester at 10:00am Saturday, July 13th. The goal this Saturday is to hike and clean the Reservoir Trail from the south end of Pisgah Reservoir north to the second bridge on the trail. This will enable us to move the bridge materials to replace the two southernmost bridges on the Reservoir Trail.  By early September the goal is to rebuild both bridges.
Any help we could get would be greatly appreciated. Bring a snack and/or a lunch, plenty of fluids, a hat and gloves, bug dope, sun screen and your unbounded energy.


06/08/2019 - 10:00am
06/08/2019 - 2:00pm

The Friends of Pisgah volunteers are meeting at the Visitor Center in Winchester at 10:00 this Saturday, June 8th. We plan to cut the trees down on Orchard and Snow Brook trails in preparation for a Cheshire Walkers hike scheduled for June 12th. Any help we could get would be appreciated. Bring a snack or a lunch, plenty of fluid, a hat and gloves, bug dope, and your unbounded energy.

Fifth Annual Friends of Pisgah Half Marathon/5K/10K Trail Race Results

Click Race Results to check out the finishes of all 93 runners.

Pictures will follow.

Friends of Pisgah Saturday, April 27th Trail Maintenance

04/27/2019 - 9:00am
04/27/2019 - 2:00pm

The Friends of Pisgah are meeting this Saturday, April 27th at 9:00 at the Horseshoe trail head in Chesterfield.  We plan to brush out, pickup sticks, cut trees and divert water on Hubbard Hill trail over to Old Davis, Reservoir, Baker Pond to Pisgah Ridge trails.  North Ponds and Lily trails need some brush mowing.  Then we'll return to Horseshoe parking via the Secret and South Woods trails and Old Chesterfield Road.  Hopefully we will have enough people to have at least a couple of work crews.


Bring your own water, lunch and gloves and, if desired, your own tools.  Otherwise we'll provide the tools.


Directions: From West:  NH Rt. 9 from I-91 Exit 3, 7 miles to Rt. 63 South, after 1 mile turn left on Old Chesterfield Rd., after 0.2 mile past the school and field, bear right onto Horseshoe Rd. for 1.5 mile to parking lot.


From East:  NH Rt. 9 from Keene, approximately 13 miles to Rt. 63 South. Follow directions above.

Fifth Annual Friends of Pisgah Half Marathon/5K/10K Trail Race

06/01/2019 - 9:00am
06/01/2019 - 12:30pm

On Saturday, June 1 is Friends of Pisgah's RUN IN THE PARK day. We're sponsoring three races this year: A 5k. A 10k. And a NEW Half-Marathon. Race start time will be 9 a.m.

Where? Horseshoe Trailhead at the end of Horseshoe Road about a mile behind Chesterfield Elementary School and southeast of Route 63 in Chesterfield, NH

Get up off the couch. Turn off the TV. Put down the tablet. Throw the cellphone out the window. Get a printed calendar and mark it -- June 1, 9 a.m. Race -- and tack the calendar to the front door, the refrigerator, or your forehead. Got that? Good!

Come out and run or walk in challenging, all forested terrain on woods road running or walking.

Tell a friend. Tell a relative. Tell Congress, even. SHARE THIS POST.

Register online by clicking this link:, cash or check on race day or send check with the attached registration form payable to Friends of Pisgah Inc., P.O. Box 134, Chesterfield, NH 03443-0134. 

FOP March 9th Trail Maintenance

03/09/2019 - 10:00am
03/09/2019 - 2:00pm

Friends of Pisgah will hold a trail maintenance day on Saturday, March 9th starting at the Horseshoe Road trailhead parking area in CHesterfield at 10 a.m. We will head south down South Woods, Secret, Lily Pond and possibly North Ponds trails cleaning trees, branches and forest debris as we go.

Bring a branch lopper and/or a sharp hand saw. Be sure to have good gloves, warm clothing, boots and even a pair of micro-spikes or crampons in case of icy conditions. Bring a snack or a lunch and plenty of fluid.

Directions: From West:  NH Rt. 9 from I91 Exit 3, 7mi to Rt. 63 South, 1mi left Old Chesterfield Rd., 0.2mi past school and field, bear right onto Horseshoe Rd. for 1.5mi to parking lot.

From East:  NH Rt. 9 from Keene, approx. 13mi to Rt. 63 South.  Follow directions above.