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Description - Chesterfield Gorge Natural Area is located north west of the city of Brattleboro, Vermont, off Interstate 91. The beautiful area offers hiking and picnicking along the Wilde Brooke. This unique gorge was formed over thousands of years by stream erosion that has created a beautiful box of canyons, swirling rapids and quiet pools.

Attractions - Scenic views are abundant at the Chesterfield Gorge Natural Area, which is located north west of Brattleboro off Interstate 91. The 13-acre park does not charge an entrance fee for enjoying their hiking and picnicking areas that lie along the beautiful Wilde Brook Gorge. A visitor center is open from mid-May through November of each year.

A large shaded and scenic picnic area is situated adjacent to the Wilde Brook Gorge, which has a short .7-mile footpath following along a bedrock route. Located a short distance from the Massachusetts state line, this park lays immediately north of one of Vermont's largest public parcels, Pisgah State Park.

Recreation - Hiking and picnicking are enjoyed at Chesterfield Gorge Natural Area. Just to the south, Pisgah State Park is primarily undeveloped offering several fishing and picnicking sites along with multi-use trails available to hikers, mountain bikers, snowmobilers and cross-country skiers. Immediately west of Chesterfield Gorge Natural Area rests the 707-acre Spofford Lake that supports both warmwater and coldwater game fish. Anglers find healthy populations of both large and smallmouth bass, bluegill, white perch, pickerel, northern pike, horned pout and rainbow trout.

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 - From Brattleboro, Vermont, travel north on I-91 just a few miles to the SR 9 Exit. Take SR 9 east approximately 8 - 10 miles to the Chesterfield Gorge Natural Area.


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Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: My geology class visited this location. The trails are easy to follow and the senery incredible. A perfect location for taking pictures. It also has a tremendous amount of geologic peculiarities that one might find interesting

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: 4/22/01 - We had a wonderful hike with the kids today (ages 8, 6 and 3). Beautiful weather in the low 80's, and there is still snow and some ice on the trail. Even still the kids handled it with ease.


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Contact Information:
Chesterfield Gorge Natural Area, c/o NH Division of Parks & Recreation, P.O. Box 1856, 172 Pembroke Rd , Concord, NH, 03302, Phone: 603-271-3556, Fax: 603-271-2629

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.

Links:
New Hampshire State Parks - Official New Hampshire State Parks Website

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