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Chesterfield Gorge Natural Area

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Chesterfield Gorge Natural Area spans 13 acres and features a walking path along Wilde Brook and along the deep gorge. The park offers a great opportunity for a short hike as you explore the footpaths along the gorge and enjoy the scenic views.
Trail Activity
Length
0.7 miles, Loop
Difficulty
Easy
Town
Chesterfield (NH)
Surface
Packed Earth/Dirt, River/Stream
Pets
Permitted
Fees
No

Description

Starting a short distance to the right of the Visitor Center is the trail, which is a 0.7-mile loop and follows Wilde Brook through Chesterfield Gorge. With the canopy dominated by hemlock trees, you will find your walk to be shaded and quiet. This is a great place for photography and picnicking!

Wilde Brook originates in two ponds uphill from the park. After its waters rush through the gorge, the brook flows into the more gentle waters of Partridge Brook. This stream continues on to merge with the Connecticut River ten miles downstream.

You may see clumps of brownish suds floating on the stream. This is not pollution from somebody’s washing machine, but is more likely to be evidence of minerals in the water from decomposing wood and roots. It is a natural product of the stream and is not harmful.

Other Information

Leashed pets are permitted. A picnic area is available at the start of the trail. Staffed visitor center is seasonal (June-October).

Please note that geocaching in not allowed in any New Hampshire State Park.

Trail Manager

Visit NH State Parks online for more information, or contact:

New Hampshire State Parks
New Hampshire State Parks
172 Pembroke Road
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: (603) 271-3556
nhparks@dncr.nh.gov
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Trail Tips

Be Considerate of Other Visitors
Respect other trail users and be courteous when passing.

Trailhead Information

The Chesterfield Gorge Natural Area is located at 1823 Route 9, Chesterfield, NH, between Keene and Brattleboro, VT. The single looping trail into Chesterfield Gorge starts behind the informational kiosks.

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