Chesterfield

Chesterfield is an amazing and friendly town with so much to offer.

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I hiked Chesterfield Gorge and I was amazed how quiet it was given that the parking area is on the side of Rt.9 For those of you that follow my blog, you’ll probably have seen the post I wrote specifically about the gorge – Going by the Wayside

 

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I loved the moss and the roots.

 

 

 

 

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I went back to the gorge on Sunday because North Ridge Mountain Guides was teaching a class on waterfall rappelling…

 

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I also stopped to check out Friedsam Town Forest I didn’t have time to hike all of the trails, but it was another beautiful and quiet place…

 

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Chesterfield boasts some amazing views…

 

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One of the coolest places that I visited was the Madame Sherri Forest. There isn’t much left of her summer home, but what remains stands out in the forest like a gateway to the past…

 

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While I was walking around the foundation, I saw a tree that has to be one of the largest I have ever seen in NH…

 

Notice my water bottle at the base of the tree

Notice my water bottle at the base of the tree

 

From there, I hiked up to Indian Pond. I saw lots of neat things on my way…

 

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Squirrel Lunch Leftovers

 

 

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This little guy was no bigger than a dime

 

 

Indian Pond

Indian Pond

 

When I wasn’t hiking, I was driving around enjoying some of Chesterfields other attractions, including the Chesterfield Arch Bridge where I sat at the picnic table and ate my lunch…

 

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The view I had while eating

 

 

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Who knew that the had “Most beautiful steel bridge” awards!

 

 

I’ve always loved stone buildings and Chesterfield Town Hall really caught my eye…

 

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The last place that I hiked while I was in Chesterfield was Pisgah State Park. It is the largest park in the state with an impressive amount of trails (map of trails). I encountered several others out enjoying the trails. There was natural beauty everywhere I looked…

 

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I wasn’t too worried about running into snow groomers in August!

 

 

On the advice of a friend, I stopped at Road’s End Farm. The first pasture I came to had about 75 horses out enjoying the weather…

 

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It was a quiet day at the farm since camp ended the day before, but it was easy to see why people return year after year…

 

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I’m certain that I’ll be heading back to Chesterfield again soon to take advantage of all it has to offer!

 

To find out more about Chesterfield, visit the state’s website or the towns website. The Chesterfield Conservation Committee also has a great website.

 

Thanks for coming along. Please feel free to share this post and as always, your comments are greatly appreciated!!

 

 

 

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4 Comments on “Chesterfield”

  1. Martha Schaefer August 26, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

    Excellent post, Laura! Did you do the waterfall rappelling? I’m impressed!! Had never heard of Madame Sherri Forest. I will definitely look that up. Also, glad you made a stop at Road’s End. It is a magical place.

    • Touring NH August 26, 2013 at 11:16 pm #

      Haha, you were impressed to early! I haven’t done any rappelling since I got out of the Marine Corp! I do have to say though everyone that did certainly seemed to be having fun. Road’s End is a beautiful farm for sure!

  2. New Hampshire Garden Solutions August 26, 2013 at 3:31 pm #

    I saw them stringing the ropes across the gorge the day I was there. I told them they’d never catch me on them! How was the hike to Indian pond? I’ve been wanting to do that one but can’t find much info. on it. Is it very steep? Great photos, as always! Thanks for recommending my blog to Martha!

    • Touring NH August 26, 2013 at 11:19 pm #

      The hike was pretty easy walking. I didn’t continue the loop, once I got to Indian Pond, I went back the way I came. From what I saw of the rest of the trail, it didn’t look too bad, I was just short on time. You’re welcome for the recommendation, I know I always look forward to your posts!

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