Pisgah May 2020 Storm Damage Timber Sale

July 28, 2020

During thunderstorms on May 15th a sizable area of storm damage occurred on the Winchester end of Pisgah State Park near the junction of Old Chesterfield Road and the Snow Brook Trail. 

Storm damage blocks 400 feet of Old Chesterfield Road and 600 feet of the Snow Brook Trail.  As a result, the gate on Old Chesterfield Road has remained closed this spring. Vehicle access to Fullam
Pond is impossible.

A commercial timber sale to salvage the 18 acre area of storm damage, and re-open the trail and road has been planned by the Division of Forests & Lands in conjunction with the Division of Parks and the NH Fish & Game Department.  The project has been contracted but due to wildlife concerns operations cannot start until July 20th at the earliest, but are planned to conclude by mid September.

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.

Use https://www.nhstateparks.org/news-events/improving-state-parks/pisgah-timber-harvest to keep track of the salvage at Snow Brook Trail and the Old Swanzey Road timber sale.

2020 Friends of Pisgah Run in the Park CANCELLED

Friends of PIsgah's annual Run in the Park, scheduled for June 6th, has been cancelled. Uncertainties surrounding the corona virus outbreak made it necessary to take the races off the event schedule. Stay safe out there everyone.

FOP 4th Annual Pisgah Reservoir Canoe & Kayak Outing - CANCELED!

10/03/2020 - 10:00am
10/03/2020 - 3:00pm

We had to cancel this popular outing today due to poor road conditions on the hill up to Pisgah Reservoir.

Pisgah Trail Maintenance - 2/22/2020

An all volunteer FOP crew tossed away forest debris, lopped branches, dropped leaners, sawed through blowdowns, rolled logs, and had a good ole time of it doing so on Saturday. The eleven men and women who came out for the day cleared several miles of the western leg of the Kilburn Loop, the John Summers Trail, and the Town Forest Trail. Even the western leg of the Pisgah Ridge Trail and the Pisgah Ridge Connector received a good looking over. While we were working, numerous hikers, snowshoers and xc skiers made an appearance in the park. Great sunny day for all to be out there.

November 2019 Trail Maintenance

On Saturday, November 9th prior to the Moonlight Hike, five members of the Friends of Pisgah met at the Horseshoe trailhead at 9:00 to clear trees and debris off trails after the recent high winds. We split into two groups each with a chainsaw and SUV. John Herrick, Gerry Croteau and John Hudachek cleared the north part of South Woods, then the Secret trail, Old Chesterfield to North Ponds, Lily, North Ponds, Baker and Reservoir from North Ponds to Old Chesterfield. Matt Edson and David Weisel cleared the Horseshoe Loop, Hubbard and Davis Hill trails plus the trails down to the FOP shelter. We all met at Baker Pond for lunch.

Huge trees were down, fortunately the biggest group just missed the Reservoir Trail.

FOP Annual Meeting

11/19/2019 - 7:00pm
11/19/2019 - 8:30pm

The Friends of Pisgah Annual Meeting is Tuesday, November 19th at the Winchester VFW Post. Start time is 7 pm. Come for the snacks, the guest speaker presentation, the slide show, and the business business meeting. Discover what the all-volunteer organization has done this year and what we hope to do next year..

October 5th FOP Pisgah Reservoir Kayak and Canoe Outing

The Friends of Pisgah hosted its third annual canoe and kayak outing on beautiful Pisgah Reservoir last Saturday October 5th.  It was a glorious, full sun fall day to enjoy paddling on the Reservoir. FOP volunteers transported 44 people and their kayaks or canoes up the steep road to the Reservoir.  Check out pictures posted on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/FriendsOfPisgah/

FOP Workday - Saturday, October 19th

10/19/2019 - 10:00am
10/19/2019 - 2:00pm

Friends of Pisgah will hold a workday on Saturday, October 19th on the Reservoir Trail. The bulk of the work will be loading old timbers onto a trailer, and cleaning the new bridge site where the old lumber was set aside..

The day will begin at the upper Reservoir Road parking lot at 10 a.m. There will be an ATV and trailer available for the hauling. Bring a lunch and plenty of fluid. And bring a pair of gloves to protect your hands.

Moonlight Hike and Hot Dog Roast

11/09/2019 - 3:30pm
11/09/2019 - 7:00pm

On Saturday, November 9th, the Friends of Pisgah will host a moonlight hike and hot dog roast, starting at 3:30 pm. The event will be held at the FOP's Dort Property adjacent to Pisgah State Park in Chesterfield. Those who are interested will be able to park at the top of the Dort property field. From there, attendees will hike a short distance to the Dort lean-to shelter where the hot dog roast will be held.

Once at the shelter (it has a composting latrine nearby, by the way), the hike will begin at moonrise, about 4:15 on the 9th. The hike will include climbing directly uphill to the Hubbard Hill outlook to the Green Mountains to the west. The trek will then move west on the Hubbard Hill Trail and then toward Davis Hill and its east and west outlooks, before dropping in elevation back down to the shelter.

Since the event is three days before the full moon, the moon will be rising early and will seem quite full as it moves up from the horizon.

At the shelter, an outdoor cooking fire will be ready so people may roast hot dogs over the fire. Sticks will be provided.

There is no cost to attend, The location will be flagged and there will be people to assist in getting into the property, just off Route 63. The location is about halfway between Chesterfield Village and Pisgah's Kilburn parking lot, about 1.4 miles north of the Kilburn lot toward Chesterfield.

If you would like to attend, drop a note on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/FriendsOfPisgah/ or email us at friendsofpisgah@gmail.com. We would like to know approximately how many people would like to attend so we have enough food and beverages on hand.

Wantastiquet Monadnock Trail Closure Alert

Around October 1, 2019, the WM Trail will be closed from Old Swanzey Road in Chesterfield to the west side of Horatio Colony Preserve in Swanzey due to a logging operation.  The trail should be reopened by mid-winter.  If you wish to hike this section do by this weekend September 28-29.  See attachment for map.

For more information email rick@modnadnockconservancy.org or tduston@keene.edu.