The Chesterfield Gorge State park is only 13 acres but packs a lot of interest in a small area. The Park follows Wilde Brook as it plummets over several cascades and waterfalls dropping 175 feet in a short distance on its way to Partridge Brook and eventually the Connecticut River. It has been a favorite destination for families looking for a manageable and interesting hike assessable to young and old. The Gorge is encircled by a .7 mile trail which provides views to the the falls from both sides. In recent years the park had fallen into neglect, suffering from the impact of state financial cut-backs. The trails and bridges which surround the gorge had fallen to disrepair and most of the dramatic trail side views of the falls had become suffocated by the uncontrolled growth of trees and shrubs. Happily, a small group of dedicated volunteers have stepped in to bring the Gorge back to its former, family friendly, glory.
This week, in my New England Photography Guild blog article, I talk about the Gorge's history, attractions and the remarkable work that the Friends of Chesterfield Gorge continue to do to maintain and improve this unique natural treasure. Included here is an album of images from the Gorge expanding on what I could include in my NEPG blog.
The Gorge is easy to find and well worth a stop to enjoy the peace and the drama of this natural oasis. While visiting, don't miss the parking lot Kiosk which includes information about all the major natural attractions of our special corner of New Hampshire.
|Natural Treasures of Chesterfield, NH|
Directions: The Gorge Natural Area is located on Route 9 west of Keene, in Chesterfield, New Hampshire. It is about 5.6 miles west of the intersection of Routes 101 and 9 in Keene. Look for the sign on the right side of the road. The area has a parking lot which accesses the trial.
|Nellie at the Gorge|
"Chesterfield Gorge Resurrected"