FOP 2nd Annual Pisgah Reservoir Canoe & Kayak Outing

10/06/2018 - 10:00am
10/06/2018 - 3:00pm
The Friends of Pisgah is hosting the second annual canoe and kayak outing on beautiful Pisgah Reservoir this October 6th.  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, 10/7/18.

Fall 2018 Events

Get the big pen out and mark your calendar twice in big letters. The Friends of Pisgah will be hosting two events back to back in the fall, the Annual Picnic and the 2nd Annual Canoe and Kayak Event on Pisgah Reservoir.

The Picnic is scheduled for Saturday, September 30th at 11 a.m. at the Visitors' Center in Winchester.

The Canoe and Kayak Event is the next Saturday, October 6th. Rain date is October 7th. More details on this and the picnic will follow soon.

Now hunt down that BIG marker and yank the calendar off the wall and have at it. You don't want to miss a good time, now do you?

Pisgah Timber Harvest

It is expected that the 165 acre project to harvest timber and improve wildlife habitat at Pisgah State Park may begin operation at the end of the week of July 9th-13th.    Truck access for the harvest will be up the ATV/snow machine Access Trail.  The logging contractor fixed the first quarter mile of the trail from the Parking lot off NH Rt 119 to the log yard north of the power line last fall using gravel supplied by the Division of Forests & Lands.  


Logging operations and trucking will only occur during weekdays, but ATV riders should be aware that log trucks entering and exiting via the ATV/snow machine access trail must be given the right-of-way.


Equipment will cross Reservoir Road just south of South Link Trail.  Logs will be brought to the log landing with a “forwarder”. Here too logging equipment will have the right-of –way.  Stop signs will be erected on Reservoir Road and cars, trucks and ATV’s will need to stop and yield to any approaching equipment.  During the course of the harvest equipment will also cross the ATV Access Trail (near the log yard), South Link Trail and the hiking trail which runs north from the ATV Access Trail to Reservoir Road - watch for “Caution Equipment Crossing signs” when the harvest is operational.


For more information on this this project and timber harvesting in State Parks and State Forests, contact Project Forester, Inge Seaboyer at 603-464-3453 or Regional Forester, Scott Rolfe at 603-227-8741.




Inge Seaboyer

Forester III

NH Division of Forests & Lands

Forest Management Bureau

Caroline A. Fox Research & Demonstration Forest


John Summers Trail Completed!

The new John Summers Trail is essentially complete. A few more blazes need to be put in place, but the few that are missing have red flagging up in their stead right now, so anyone can follow the entire trail with ease along its entire 1.1-mile course. The new pathway begins and ends at the Kilburn Loop Trail. The northern entrance is just 200 feet or less uphill from the bridge over Baker Brook. The southern entrance is the spur path to the Kilburn Pond dam.

Both the northern and southern entrance show temporary orange plastic rectangular signs with the hand-written trail name on each. Since there is no other trail junction within the John Summers Trail, the blazing is strictly for that path. Follow the blazing and you'll be all set..

There are some bypasses off the old herd path to avoid wet areas and to avoid critical habitat for wildlife. Please follow the blazes.

The John Summers Trail is one of the finer level-terrain pathways in all of New Hampshire, complete with two new long bridges, jaunts along large glacial erratic boulders, and fine views over water.

Please stay on the trail to prevent erosion and degradation of the environment on the east side of Kilburn Pond.

Wantastiquet Monadnock Trail Hike #4: California Brook Natural Area

06/23/2018 - 10:00am
06/23/2018 - 2:00pm

This hike from Chesterfield, N.H., to Swanzey, N.H., takes you on conservation lands with rolling terrain, through recent timber harvests, and along wetlands as part of the celebration of the Wantastiquet-Monadnock Trail. The 5.5-mile route showcases a great diversity of landscape and land management techniques in the Monadnock region. Return transportation will be provided. Please register in advance by contacting hike co-leader Rick Brackett.

Presented by: Wantastiquet-Monadnock Trail Coalition and Monadnock Conservancy.
Location: Meet at the Beals Road Trailhead at the end of Stones Mill Road, Chesterfield, N.H.
Contact: Email Rick Bracket - or call 603-357-0600, ext. 105.

For donations:  Monadnock Conservancy is our fiscal agent. We appreciate any donation to help with our return transportation costs.

Specify:  "WM Trail Coalition."  (PO Box 337, Keene, NH 03431)

FOP June 9th Volunteer Work Day

06/09/2018 - 10:00am
06/09/2018 - 2:00pm

GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY, for the fun of it, at the Saturday, June 9th Friends of Pisgah trail work day on the John Summers Trail, a new pathway that will be open to the public at the end of the day.

Come lend a hand with a branch lopper or a rake and help open up what should be one of the finest pathways in all of Pisgah State Park.

Meet at the Kilburn trailhead at 10 a.m.. Bring a lunch, fluids, a pair of gloves, a hat to keep the bugs away, a little bug dope, and that should do it.

Hike across Pisgah State Park

06/02/2018 - 10:00am
06/02/2018 - 3:00pm

The weather is looking good for the third of nine (9) hikes in 2018 to introduce the public to the 50 mile Wantastiquet to Monadnock Trail.  The hike through Pisgah State Park will be held this Saturday morning, June 2nd. 

Part of the Wantastiquet-Monadnock Trail hike series, this 9-mile hike zig-zags along old woods roads, ponds, stonewalls, and graveyards through Pisgah State Park, all with fantastic views. The trails are a true moderate level of difficulty but the distance is the adventure. Mostly about fitness, and enjoying a remote area; bring lunch, water, walking stick (as needed), and sturdy shoes. Return transportation is provided. Please register in advance.

Presented by: Wantastiquet-Monadnock Trail Coalition and Friends of Pisgah Inc.  The FOP will be providing return transportation.

Location: Meet at the Kilburn Trailhead, Pisgah State Park, Chesterfield, N.H. (Directions: Take Route 63 toward Hinsdale from Route 9 in Chesterfield. Continue 4.5 miles on Route 63. Turn left into Kilburn Trailhead parking area.)

Email Lynne Borofsky or call Tom Duston at 603-256-6082.

History of Pisgah

06/13/2018 - 7:00pm
06/13/2018 - 8:30pm

On Wednesday June 13th, the Chesterfield Historical Society will be hosting a program about the “History of Pisqah” at the Chesterfield Town Hall at 7:00 p.m.  It will include an introduction by Kim Nilsen featuring the area’s 10,000 year history, an update on hikes by Lynne Borofsky, and a movie entitled “Pisgah: A Place Apart”.  All are Welcome.

Fourth Annual Run in the Park

05/26/2018 - 9:00am
05/26/2018 - 12:00pm

MARK YOUR CALENDAR if you love woods trail running and 5k and 10k races in a remarkable forested and water-filled world such as Pisgah State Park in Southwestern New Hampshire.

The Friends of Pisgah all-volunteer trails maintenance group is sponsoring its fourth annual RUN IN THE PARK on Saturday, May 26th. Race time is 9:00, earlier than last year, at the Horseshoe Trailhead parking lot.

The first 100 folks who register get a Run In The Park T-shirt.  All runners get a free Friends of Pisgah membership for a year..

Proceeds from the races go to support Friends of Pisgah's effort to build and repair trail infrastructure, maintain and develop new trails, upgrade the roads, improve signage and blazing throughout the park, and more.

So go pull that calendar off the wall, take out a magic marker, and mark the May 26th date on the appropriate spot. We will post more details and registration information shortly. Put down that doughnut, lace on the running shoes, bundle up, get out there and get in shape for the races. May is not terribly far away.

Here's the link to register online

The race form that be printed out and sent in an attachment below.


05/12/2018 - 9:30am
05/12/2018 - 2:00pm

Psst. Hey, I got a bridge I want a sell ya. Well, I want to sell you on a fun bridge-building endeavor on Saturday, May 12th, in Pisgah State Park down below the Kilburn Dam just off the Kilburn Loop Trail. We should have the sills and stringers in place before hand, so if you want to build a bridge in no time, come on down to the Kilburn Trailhead parking lot on Route 63 at 9:30, and join us.

We will be putting on decking and railings on a big 24-foot span some five feet above the Kilburn Pond outlet stream below the Kilburn Pond dam.

If we have plenty of folks, we'll also brush out a quarter mile of the new John Summers Trail up to the site of a second bridge and move materials (already in place nearby) to the second bridge site and put in the sills and stringers there. If folks are adventurous, we might even tack the deck on that second bridge, too.

The day before, on Friday, May 11th, at 9 a.m., a few volunteers are needed to come help with setting the sills for the Kilburn bridge and moving and screwing the stringers into place. So if you would like to be a part of the preliminary work that will make the Saturday work day possible, come on down to the Kilburn Trailhead at 9 a.m. and lend a hand.

Then, after the bridge is built, we'll sell it to you for a cool $10 million.

K.r. Nilsen