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.


02/16/2019 - 6:30pm
02/16/2019 - 8:30pm

Weather permitting, the Friends of Pisgah are scheduling a moonlight hike on Saturday, February 16th, staring at the Kilburn trailhead parking lot just off NH Route 63 at 6:30 pm. We will be trekking out the Davis Hill Trail to Davis Hill's summit viewpoint to the east, toward Mt. Monadnock where the near-full moon will make its appearance if the sky is clear and the moon cooperates with us.

You might bring a light or headlamp, boots with a pair of micro-spikes or crampons or snowshoes if there is plenty of new snow. Maybe bring some fluids and a snack, if you like. Dress warmly, of course. There is no cost. All are welcome.

The trek out to the summit usually takes about 35 to 40 minutes, longer if conditions on the ground are iffy. We will return the way we came back to the parking lot. There is a viewpoint to the west a little farther along the trail, too, if folks wish to see a bit more of our beautiful northern New England world.

February 9th Trail Maintenance

02/09/2019 - 10:00am
02/09/2019 - 2:00pm

Friends of Pisgah will hold a trail maintenance day on Saturday, February 9th starting at the Beals Loop/Beals Road trailhead parking area at 10 a.m. We will brush out blowdowns and forest debris in the area that day.

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.

In order to reach Pisgah's most remote trailhead take Route 9 to a point just east of the Big Deal general store. Turn right if eastbound (a little after the store) or left if westbound (before reaching the store) onto the Old Chesterfield Road and then turn an immediate left onto Tuttle Road. Travel a quarter mile on Tuttle Road to the Old Swanzey Road and turn right and travel south to a fork in the road. Stay right at the fork staying on the Old Swanzey Road. The road will soon turn to dirt. Travel a long mile to Stone Mills Road on the right. Travel uphill gradually about two-fifths of a mile to a parking pullout on the right just before reaching a bog pond ahead and on the right. Park off the traveled road, please. Pisgah signage marks the trailhead.


01/01/2019 - 12:00pm
01/01/2019 - 3:00pm
Last year, NH State Park's first First Day Hike in Pisgah State Park was a real success. More than 70 people came out of a very frosty day for the event. Because the event was so well received, we're doing it again. So come hike and then warm up around the little bonfire. Everyone is invited.

Meet at the Pisgah Park Headquarters, 520 Old Chesterfield Road, Winchester, NH at 12:00 pm.  The family friendly hike will be a two mile loop along the Doolittle Trail.

Click here for more information about Pisgah State Park

Click here for detailed information about the hike.

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.