Past Events

Past Events are listed below.

Kilburn Loop 12/9/2017 Work

Six volunteers spent the day (Saturday) working on the refurbished segment of the 5.5-mile Kilburn Loop Trail on the west side of Kilburn Pond. They handworked drainage ditches, cleared culverts, hauled material to build up the very last feet of fill on the trail, cleared a massive blow down at the head of the spur trail to the Kilburn Pond dam, added forest duff to the margins of the trail in some places, pulled up and hauled out all but one section of silt fence (that last one will remain until spring), and more. Toward the end of the day, the snow began to fall, putting a nice touch on the last work on the trail for the year.


K. r. Nilsen

Friends Annual Meeting November 14th

The Friends of Pisgah annual meeting was held at the Chesterfield Town Hall. The meeting began at 7:00 pm with FOP President Matt Edson welcoming the attendees who numbered about 40. Refreshments were available to all. Matt turned the meeting over to Kim Nilsen, VP and |Chairman of Nominations. The officers were introduced by Kim and the slate of officers was presented (see below). All four individuals were being nominated for re-election to their current positions. All officers were re-elected.

FOP Trail Clearing – November 8-13, 2017

Friends of Pisgah crews were in the park four days in the past week cutting trees and clearing trails after the high winds the week before.

Kilburn Loop Trail Rebuild Started 10-27-2017

Work is underway now on the rebuilding of the Kilburn Loop Trail near
the western shores of Kilburn Pond. Construction equipment will be
moving material in and out of the parking lot and to the work site.
Other equipment will be in use over about 3,750 feet of KLT on and off
for severla weeks. The trail is CLOSED there until work is complete.
When the work is done, the .7 mile access lane into the Kilburn Loop
Junction with be smoothed and York raked with equipment, and hand work
will get underway until freeze up to touch up the treadway along the
trail and road. The trail will see the installation of seven culverts
and a substantial rebuild of the surface over the first 900 feet from
the junction south. There will be sections where root cover will be laid
down, and several other segments will be built up and low spots filled
so that water may not pool readily as it does in numerous sections now.

K. r. Nilsen

FOP Pisgah Reservoir Canoe & Kayak Outing

On Saturday, October 7th the Friends of Pisgah sponsored a revived Kayak and Canoe Event on Pisgah Reservoir. More than 30 folks came out for the outing and brought watercraft and life jackets. The event was a greater success than anticipated, and the day proved picture perfect for all. Next year, keep early October open on the calendar for another outing on Pisgah's biggest body of water. Patch up your old Titanic and come on out.

New (Old) Town Forest Trail Opening - October 14th, 2017

The old unused foot trail in Pisgah State Park known as the Town Forest Trail has been full brushed out, signed, and blazed from its southern junction with the Kilburn Loop Trail near Kilburn Pond all the way to the junction with the north end of the Pisgah Ridge Trail not far from Baker Pond and the Baker Pond Trail junction. The newly cleared route reaches the old ordnance testing bunkers near the south end and the abanonded mill site below Baker Pond and the wonderful overlook of the pond. It's a real pleasure to walk this time of year, and the trail creates the potential for two fine loop hikes, one ot the east and one to the west, back to Kilburn trailhead parking lot.

Check out the pictures on our Facebook page.

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.

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

Clifford W Struthers, Jr. Passes

Clifford W Struthers, Jr., who died on March 21, 2017, was a long time active member of the Friends of Pisgah including serving on the Council. Cliff assisted Park Manager, Norma Reppucci, in maintaining the park using his tractor to grade roads.  He also surveyed and mapped the historical sites in the park.  He will be missed.

See the attached obituary for details.