Past Events

Past Events are listed below.

Spring Clean Up in Pisgah State Park

Sixteen volunteers came out for the Friends of Pisgah work day on Saturday, April 21st 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

Wantastiquet to Madame Sherri's Hike

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The first of nine (9) hikes in 2018 to introduce the public to the 50 mile Wantastiquet to Monadnock Trail was held on a beautiful April 21 Saturday morning.  Over 30 hikers trekked up the west side of Mt. Wantastiquet, across Mine Mountain, lunched at Indian Pond and descended to the Madame Sherri parking lot.  There they were transported back to their vehicles at the Wantastiquet trailhead via van provided by the Chesterfield Conservation Commission.

The Wantastiquet to Monadnock Hike Schedule and a picture of the Wantastiquet to Madame Sherri's Hikers are attached.

1/20/2018 Pisgah Workday

WE ICED IT. Today, Saturday the 20th, nine Friends of Pisgah souls moved enough materials over the Kilburn Loop Trail and Kilburn Pond to build two foot bridges, one that will be 22-feet in length and the other 24-feet long. The materials are to be assembled into spans in the spring on the soon to the formally brushed out John Summers Trail on the eastern side of Kilburn Pond. On our Facebook page we see folks moving on ATV machines with hauling sleds attached and volunteers pulling lumber from the sleds and piling the material where it will be readily accessible in two different locations. Despite some logistical difficulties while moving half a ton of material up icy hills, the work was completed in six hours. Not a bad day's work.


K.r. Nilsen

First Day Hike in Pisgah State Park

The Friends of Pisgah and the NH Department of Parks and Recreation hosted the first ever First Day Hike held at Pisgah State Park on Monday, January 1, one of the coldest days in the last decade. That did not stop folks from attending. Fully 71 brave souls registered for the event and came out to hike the Doolittle Trail, roast marshmallows and S'mores over a bonfire, and even get a chance to watch several teams of sled dogs chomp at the bit to get running.

Our Facebook page contains a sample batch of photos that are the first of several we will post over the next few days. If you have a photo or two you would like to share, by all means post to this Friends of Pisgah page. Next year, it will be your turn to come out, unless the ice cap glaciers advance and cover New England once again.

K.r. Nilsen

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.