Friends of Pisgah Second 5K/10K Trail Race/Walk

Hey! We've got a race coming up. You forgot, you say? Well, here's a reminder for those of you runners who are fleet of foot and those who simply like to walk in the woods. The press. release below will fill you in on what you need to know about the big races on May 14th starting at  the Horseshoe Road trailhead in Chesterfield.

Come join the fun and help raise funds for the Friends of Pisgah so we volunteers can take care of the 65 miles of trails and replace scores of bridges in NH's largest state park (13,000 acres).

CHESTERFIELD, NH – A 5K and 10K Race/Walk on footpaths through 13,000 acres of forested terrain is being planned by an all-volunteer trail development and maintenance organization, the Friends of Pisgah, that take care of New Hampshire's largest state park.  

The Friends of Pisgah announce its second 5K/10K Race/Walk, scheduled for Saturday, May 14th. Online registration for the race, which raises much needed funds for materials and maintenance efforts in the park, is now open.

According to the race committee, this year’s races follow a very successful and well attended first event two years ago. To improve access for runners and families, the volunteer association has posted details and the online PDF registration forms is attached below.   They have set up online registration through  Registration will also be open on race day between 8 am and 9:45 am before the 10 o’clock start time. The entry fees are $25 per individual and $50 per family. Free T-shirts will be available to entrants, up to two per family, and all will receive a free Friends of Pisgah membership for one year. T-shirts will be available for the first 150 racers who sign up for the event. 

Both the 5K and 10K races thread through a complex of old grassy tote roads and foot trails in the northwestern quadrant of the 13,000-acre park. Each route is wooded and scenic and will be well marked. Volunteers will man water stations, the start and finish line, and assist at junctions in the race course. Although the race courses are not difficult, Pisgah Park is quite hilly and a bit of a challenge. But racers reported two years ago that the courses were a real delight to run on.

Funds raised by the races sponsored by the Friends of Pisgah go “on the ground,” that is the dollars are used to support volunteer work days and to buy lumber and hardware for bridges and puncheon spans, and to buy the occasional specialized tool necessary to maintain the park. With more than 50 miles of trails to maintain, the all-volunteer group has a considerable task to undertake each year. The races go a long way in underwriting the group’s efforts.

Runners and walkers who wish to register by mail may send a check with the registration form to Friends of Pisgah, Inc., PO Box 134, Chesterfield, NH 03443-0134. is a secure and well-known sports, fitness, and recreation event online service for those who'd rather register online.

The races will get underway at the Horseshoe Road trailhead parking area in this southwest New Hampshire community. To reach the race site see the following directions:

From the West: Travel NH Route 9 from I-91, exit 3. Travel eastbound 7 miles on Route 9 to the junction of Route 63. Turn right on Route 63 and travel south one mile to Chesterfield Village. In the village, turn left (east) on Old Chesterfield Road. At .2 miles past the Chesterfield Elementary School, turn right onto Horseshoe Road. Travel 1.5 miles to the Horseshoe parking area in the park. From the East: Travel Route 9 west from Keene approximately 13 miles to Route 63. Turn left onto Route 63 and follow the directions above.

Pisgah Trail Maintenance - April 16, 2016

John Herrick, Jon Knickerbocker, Sherisa Sterling, Gary Montgomery, Matt Edson and his ATV, Jack Kondos, Abe and Gabe Howe, Tom Haynes and John Hudachek met at the Horseshoe trail head in Chesterfield Saturday, April 16th to work on the trails for the upcoming May 14th Friends of Pisgah Run in the Park.

Branches and trees across Winchester Road and the Reservoir Trail were cleared.  Much of the work done involved cleaning culverts and water bars allowing water to flow off of the trails.

Everyone was back at their vehicles before 2:00.  Thanks to all for a very productive work day!

John Hudachek

Pisgah Trail Maintenance - February 20, 2016

Our decision to postpone our February trail maintenance from February 13th to the 20th turned out to be a good one.  A crew of eleven, David Weisel, Abe, Gabe and Sam Howe, Matt Edson, Iva Wood, Krister Raasoch and dogs Art and Harry, John Hudachek, John Herrick, Jim Schofield and Kim Nilsen met at 10 am at the Kilburn trail head with the goal of building a bridge on the west side of the Kilburn loop.  The day started with bright skies in the 30’s and finished at 57 F.
Matt Edson and John Herrick picked up the building materials from Hamshaw’s the previous Saturday.  John Herrick, his snowmobile and Kim Nilsen transported the materials down Kilburn Pond to the bank close to the bridge site the Monday before the workday.  

After hiking to the work site with tools the crew worked efficiently and had the bridge completed by 1:00 pm.  We even made a step with leftover materials.

We hiked back to the trail head and were leaving by 2:00 pm.  

Thanks to all for a very productive work day!

John Hudachek

Pisgah Timber Harvest On Hold

Due to the unusually warm and wet weather this winter the timber harvest at Pisgah has been put on hold until the conditions are more suitable, possibly not until dry weather next summer.  Find the latest updates at:


Inge Seaboyer
Forester III
NH Div. of Forests & Lands
Forest Management Bureau

Friends of Pisgah Second 5K/10K Trail Race/Walk

05/14/2016 - 8:00am


T-Shirts to the first 150 registrants

Friends of Pisgah Membership free to all registrants

Proceeds benefit the Friends of Pisgah in their advocacy of Pisgah State Park.

November 2015 Trail Maintenance at FOP Dort Property

On Saturday, November 14th at 10:00 am the Friends of Pisgah met to install a 20 foot 18" diameter culvert near the lean-to they constructed two years ago on the Friends of Pisgah Dort property in Chesterfield.
John Herrick used his tractor to lower the culvert into the ditch he had dug the previous week. Iva Wood, Art Susmann, Kim Nilson, Jon Knickerbocker, David Weisel and John Hudachek moved stones around the ends of the culvert to hold it place while John covered the culvert. We envision this will dry the wet area on the trail to the lean-to that was always soggy to walk through.
After the culvert was installed we hiked to a new vista John has opened that looks north toward Chesterfield Village. After a lunch behind some rocks to escape the wind we clear a trail from this vista to the trail connecting the lean-to to the Davis Hill trail.
John Hudachek
Click here to view photos by John Herrick

Pisgah Trail Maintenance - December 12, 2015

10 volunteers, Kim Nilson, Jon Knickerbocker, David Weisel, Matt Edson and his ATV, John Herrick and his tractor, Abe and Gabe Howe, Krister Raasoch and dogs Art and Harry, Doug Favreau and dog Hermes and John Hudachek and Pisgah State Park Manager Whip Newell met on a warm Saturday, December 12th at 10 am at the Kilburn trailhead in Hinsdale. The goal of the day was to clear as many culverts and trails as possible.

We split into four groups.

David, John Hudachek, Doug and Hermes hiked the Kilburn loop opening all culverts. We also removed all branches and trees from the trail including three 8"-12" diameter trees that we cut with handsaws. Lunch break was taken on a sunny rock overlooking a pond on the southeast side of the loop. We returned to the parking lot at 2:20 pm.

John Herrick, his tractor and Whip drove down to the Kilburn loop where they were last seem ditching a pond in the trail.

Matt, Abe and Gabe drove the ATV up the Davis Hill and Hubbard Hill trails returning via Reservoir Trail and Baker Pond trails.

Kim, Jon Knickerbocker, Krister, Art and Harry drove up to the Horseshoe trailhead where they cleaned culverts and trails.

Thanks to all for a very productive work day!

John Hudachek

Click here to view photos by John Herrick

FOP Annual Meeting November 10, 2015 Minutes and Pictures

The FOP met at the Community House in Hinsdale on Nov 10 for its Annual Meeting. About 2-dozen members and guests attended. President Matt Edson called the meeting to order at 7:03 pm. Matt gave about a 10-minute summary of the activities of the FOP, particularly in trail work, this year.

October 2015 Trail Maintenance

New Bridges Grace the Pisgah Ridge Trail

Over the course of the last few weeks, volunteer crews have disassembled and rebuilt several new spans on the Pisgah Mountain Trail, added a long board walk alongside a wetland along that same pathway, and raised and firmed up a bridge on the Dogwood Swamp Trail, a span whose northwestern footing had been undermined by the stream beneath causing the deck to pitch and fall Several weeks ago, volunteers hauled a good deal of new pressure treated material, sufficient for two separate spans, from the Kilburn parking lot and up to the Pisgah Mountain Trail worksite, using pickups, and an ATV machine and cart. Sometimes utilizing the winch on the ATV, the crew was able to get all the materials and tools up to the lower construction site without too much additional hand-carrying.

28th Annual Friends of Pisgah Picnic

The twenty eighth annual Friends of Pisgah picnic was held Saturday, October 3 at the Visitor Center and barn complex.  Approximately 30 people enjoyed hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and beverages provided by the Friends as well as a variety of salads and desserts brought to share.

We did move the picnic tables into the barn because of the cool breeze; it made it easier to visit.Patrick Hummel, the Volunteer Coordinator from DRED joined us and after lunch spoke about the importance of volunteers in maintaining state properties.  He thanked Friends of Pisgah for our service.

Harry Prouty donated several items to the barn/museum including a bow saw, a double headed ax and a special chain for logging. He showed us several other logging tools and shared publications detailing logging operations in the park including a photo of the largest tree ever cut in Pisgah.

After lunch the mums and pumpkins used to decorate the barn were raffled off. Everyone decided it was too cool for canoes or kayaks on Fullam Pond.

Laura Sussman

Click here to view photos by Patti & John Hudachek