Chesterfield Gorge Natural Area

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Chesterfield Gorge Natural Area

New Hampshire

(603) 363-8373

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Overview

Chesterfield Gorge Natural Area spans 13 acres. It offers great opportunities for hiking, as visitors can explore the footpaths along the gorge and enjoy the scenic views. Chesterfield Gorge Natural Area is unstaffed but is open to the public for recreation year-round at no charge. Picnic tables and flush toilets are available from June through September yearly. Chesterfield Gorge Natural Area, like all N.H. state parks, is a carry in - carry out park. Please take home all your trash.

A single man's generosity played an integral role in the preservation of Chesterfield Gorge. George White, a local farmer, bought the land in 1936 to prevent encroaching loggers from clear-cutting it. He sold fifteen acres of the gorge to the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. The land was then donated to the State of New Hampshire.

The visitor center was created and staffed by volunteers. It contains publications & exhibits highlighting the natural and cultural history of the region. A collection of early New Hampshire logging tools is also on display.

Map of Chesterfield Gorge Natural Area (NH)

Latitude, Longitude: 42.914478, -72.404409

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Activities

  • Hiking

    A .7-mile trail begins near the visitor center and follows Wilde Brook through Chesterfield Gorge. The beginning of the trail is within a plant community dominated by sun-loving oak and pine trees.

    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.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic tables and flush toilets are available from June through September each year. Chesterfield Gorge Natural Area, like all N.H. state parks, is a carry in - carry out park. Pets are permitted in a designated area.

Seasonality/Weather

Picnic tables and flush toilets are available from June through September each year. Chesterfield Gorge Natural Area, like all N.H. state parks, is a carry in - carry out park.

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Directions

Driving

From I-93: Take Exit 3 to Route 101 west to Route 9 west and follow signs to Chesterfield Gorge.

From I-91: Take Exit 3 to Route 9 east and follow signs to Chesterfield Gorge.

From I-89: Take Exit 5 to Route 202/9 west to Route 9 west and follow signs to Chesterfield Gorge.

From I-95: Take Exit 2 to Route 101 west to Route 9 west and follow signs to Chesterfield Gorge.

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Phone Numbers

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(603) 363-8373

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