Pisgah State Park is located on N'dakinna (n-DA-ki-NA), the ancestral homeland of the Abenaki (a-BEN-a-KI), People of the Dawn. Pisgah translates from the Abenaki word Bezega (PEH-zeh-GA) meaning "it is dark". We would like to acknowledge the land and the people who have stewarded it for generations.
-Translations from "A Time Before New Hampshire" by Michael J. Caduto-
Pisgah State Park includes over 13,300 acres of rough forested terrain, encompassing a complete watershed north of the Ashuelot River. The Pisgah place name can be found all over the world including many in the United States, as it is generally associated with a biblical reference meaning peak, cliff, or height. Located within the Cheshire County towns of Winchester, Chesterfield and Hinsdale, New Hampshire, the park protects seven ponds, four highland ridges and numerous wetlands. The area's 21 square miles make it the largest property in the NH state park system.
This trail guide will provide you with an engaging natural journey through some of the wildlife habitat features of Pisgah State Park. Several features like historical structures, geological formations, open fields, and undisturbed spaces provide clues to unlocking the secrets of how natural areas evolved.
Together each piece creates a mosaic of important spaces that encourages biodiversity that can be appreciated by all who visit.
NH Department of Natural and Cultural Resources-https://www.nhstateparks.org UNH Cooperative Extension- https://extension.unh.edu
NH Fish and Game Department: https://www.wildlife.state.nh.us NH Division of Forest and Lands - https://www.nh.gov/nhdfl Friends of Pisgah- http://www.friendsofpisgah.org