33-The Real Deal – Pisgah SP

Every entrance to this park is really just a trailhead.

Pisgah State Park is the biggest in the state.  But in spite of it being the furthest south, it is probably the least developed of all.  Although there are places where cars can get into the park, most don’t go very far, making every entrance in reality nothing more than a trailhead.  Considering there are still patches of virgin forest to be found scattered throughout, the park gives you a feeling of what New Hampshire might have looked like before European settlers came and changed things so completely. Once again, I chose one of the state’s biodiversity trails to be my introduction and once again I wasn’t disappointed.  This 8.5-mile loop trail led me over Pisgah Mountain along the Pisgah Ridge Trail and back on the Reservoir Trail.

That’s Mt. Monadnock in the distance.

On the top of Pisgah Mountain.

Another view towards the east. Mt. Monadnock is crowded today but here I’ve got the mountain and the views all to myself.

Another real benefit was knowing that this sunny weekend in October meant Mt. Monadnock had hundreds of hikers on it, while I encountered only 5 other hikers on this trail all morning.  The Pisgah Ridge Trail was really the more enjoyable stretch of trail with lovely views toward the east, although I saw lots of signs of beavers on the Reservoir Trail.

What? More views of Monadnock?

Looking south.

The northernmost tip of the Pisgah Reservoir.

I’ll bet this is a great park to cross-country ski in, too.  None of the mountains are very high and although it’s remote, there is a network of winter trails laid out, just waiting to be explored.  Happy travels!

I love when trail builders have a sense of humor!

Back at the trail access I saw this license plate.  It’s the only one I’ve seen that has both the state park and the moose on it, and even more remarkable, this one has the same word XPLR that is featured on the state park web site.

Wow – the very plate on the state’s website. This is the only one I’ve ever seen with both the moose (conservation) and the state parks.

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