Timber Sale Updates

August 20, 2019 – Final work to seed the log yard for the Reservoir Road Timber sale was completed this morning.  This project, first contracted in 2017 was delayed by last summer’s heavy rains, so ironically, just as it wraps up, the 2019 project - the Old Swanzey Road Timber Sale is about to start up.  The first step on the new project will be setting up the log yard areas for both the northern Unit -directly off Old Swanzey Road - and the southern Unit - off Fullam Pond Trail. Updates will be made on the Parks web page -  https://www.nhstateparks.org/news-events/improving-state-parks/pisgah-timber-harvest


Inge Seaboyer

Forester III

NH Division of Forests & Lands

Forest Management Bureau

Caroline A. Fox Research & Demonstration Forest




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.

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 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, 10/6/2019.

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.

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 trails...no road running or walking.

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

Register online by clicking this link: Active.com, 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 Trail Maintenance 10/20/2018

Jim and Jon on Kilburn Loop Trail

Four members of the Friends of Pisgah, John Herrick, Jon Knickerbocker, Jim Schofield and John Hudachek, met at the Kilburn Trailhead at 10:00am on Saturday, October 20th, 2018.  We drained some water off the west side of the Kilburn Loop trail and removed fallen trees and branches from the John Summer trail and Kilburn Road.  A really pleasant day to be hiking around Kilburn Pond.

Friends of Pisgah Annual Meeting

11/13/2018 - 7:00pm

On Tuesday, November 13th at 7:00, we will be assembling at the Hinsdale Community Center for our Annual Meeting. This year’s speaker will be Patrick Hummel with the State of New Hampshire, who will be doing a presentation on the 2008 Monadnock ice storm.

The membership will also vote to approve the latest version of the Friends of Pisgah Bylaws that are attached.

Friends of Pisgah Fall 2018 Newsletter is now Available

The online version of the Friends of Pisgah Fall 2018 newsletter is now available by clicking http://www.friendsofpisgah.org/files/NewsletterFall2018Pisgah.pdf or by clicking the Newsletter tab above then clicking the first Newsletter attachment.

Spring Clean Up in Pisgah State Park

Sixteen volunteers came out for the Friends of Pisgah work day on Saturday, April 21, 2018 to sweep the many miles of trails that are part of the 10k and 5k Run in the Park races that are scheduled for May 26th. The folks assembled in crews and spent a long six hours clearing forest debris, cutting away blowdowns, opening drainage ditches and culverts to improve water flow off the trails, and generally sprucing things up. So the going is fine in much of the northern segment of Pisgah Park.

Two days later, a big log was jimmied out of the Kilburn Road, the newly refurbished Town Forest Trail was cleared of debris, and the old Davis Hill Trail got a manicure, too.

Volunteers make it happen in Pisgah!

K. r. Nilsen