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Description - Pisgah State Park may be found in the lower western area of the state just a few miles north of the Vermont and Massachusetts state lines. Multi-seasonal recreation activities abound at this year-round park. Several small ponds and Pisgah Reservoir offer a fishing opportunity and also the opportunity for wildlife viewing. Hiking trails may be found throughout the park, some of which may be used as snowmobile routes during the snow season. Mountain biking is another major attraction at this park.

Attractions - Encompassing over 13,000 acres near the state lines of Vermont and Massachusetts, Pisgah State Park is a major year-round outdoor attraction. Summer hiking trails and winter snowmobile routes draw repeat visitors. The beautiful mixed forest-type offers a number of ponds, one reservoir, numerous hiking trails and an opportunity for solitude and relaxation.

Recreation - Hiking, snowmobiling, mountain biking, fishing, picnicking, wildlife viewing and nature photography are favorite outdoor activities at New Hampshire's largest state park.

Climate - Winter can be cold with average temperatures ranging around 19 degrees Fahrenheit. The cold temperatures humidity bring heavy, water-laden snow to all parts of the state. Spring begins in mid-March and lasts through May. This time of the year is referred to as mud season in the mountains. The sugar is flowing early in the season and wild flowers bloom toward the end of it. Summer is the busiest season of the year for the tourism industry. This is an excellent time to travel, mountain roads are open and most of the mud has dried. Average summer temperatures range around 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Fall brings the leaf lookers to see the spectacular colors of the deciduous trees. Expect to see bus loads of people enjoying the crisp fall New England weather.

Location - Pisgah State Park encompasses parts of Hinsdale, Winchester and Chesterfield off SRs 119, 10 and 63.


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Filed By: Pamela Mitchell (Winchester, NH)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This is an accurate description of the park with one exception, that is the average summer temperatures which are way off. The average daytime temperature here from mid-June to mid-August is in the upper 80's to lower 90's and extremely humid. Overnight temperatures are usually upper 50's to the lower to mid 60's, also humid. I live here in Winchester and walk the local woods including the park all the time. Mosquitos, black flies and ticks are bad in the springtime, do bring the bug spray. Ticks persist throughout the summer and into the fall. On hot, humid days in the summer you'll also need to be prepared for a lot of deerflies, I mean a lot. These bugs alone can ruin everything if you're not prepared, they bite hard and hurt, they itch for days. I haven't tried them but those sticky patches for hats look good. On the positive side expect to hear and/or see coyotes, deer, foxes, ground birds such as woodcock or grouse, lots of turkey, possible little blue heron and a rare moose or bear. There are lots of turtles including snapping turtles near the water. These woods are teeming with red eft. Coyotes are particularly abundant this year. I hear them almost every night and have had two encounters so far this summer. There are not too many snakes but one worth mention is the milk snake which shakes and sounds like a rattlesnake but isn't. There is an abundance of plant life especially in the low-lying areas, numerous kinds of wildflowers and rare/unusual medicinal, aromatic or edible plants such as Gaultheria procumbens (wintergreen), Mitchella repens (partridgeberry), Vaccinium augustifolium (low-bush blueberries), blackberries...and these are only the most common. In the spring there are Cypripedium (pink Lady's slippers) and in the summer there are Goodyera pubuscens (downy rattlesnake plantain), both beautiful orchids. Really there are so many plants out here it's worth the trip for these alone if you like plants. All in all this is a great place to hike a Northern mixed forest.

Filed By: Jay (Boston, MA)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Nice fairly level woods walk. Took us 3 hours without many stops(buggy). Some interesting features along the way - ponds, bogs, streams. Enough up and down to get a decent workout. Bring the bug spray.


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Contact Information:
Pisgah State Park, c/o NH Division of Parks & Recreation, P.O. Box 1856, 172 Pembroke Rd , Concord, NH, 03302, Phone: 603-239-8153

Additional Information:
Monadnock Travel Region - Monadnock Travel Region lies in southwestern New Hampshire amidst beautiful rolling agricultural hills.
New Hampshire State Parks - The state of New Hampshire has over 65 state park facilities ranging from historic sites and woodland picnic groves to beautiful sand beaches.
New Hampshire State Parks - The state of New Hampshire has over 65 state park facilities ranging from historic sites and woodland picnic groves to beautiful sand beaches. There is one National Park facility, Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site and one National Forest, White Mountains.

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New Hampshire State Parks - Official New Hampshire State Parks Website

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