Take Rt. 9 east from Brattleboro, VT. or west from Keene, NH to Rt. 63 South. Follow signs to Pisgah State Park.
Open year round. The largest park in New Hampshires park system, Pisgah State Park includes over 13,500 acres of rough forested terrain. The park protects seven ponds, bogs, streams, four highland ridges and numerous wetlands, a beautiful mixed forest including hemlock and birch trees, beaver ponds and wildlife.
The 75-acre Stephen Foster Lake has a boat-launching ramp, courtesy dock, restroom and parking on the northern shore. Boat rentals are available. Swimming is not permitted in the Lake but there is a pool complex which contains dressing rooms, showers, snack bar, restrooms and a lifeguard and first aid station.
The park environmental interpretive center houses artifacts and displays focusing on early farm life and wildlife. Take a delightful walk through the Park's "Butterfly Garden" or a guided nature walk or hike.
There are over 20 miles of trails suitable for mountain biking. There are options for short, moderate, and long rides into the backcountry. Fall is the optimal time to bike in this Park. The bugs are gone and a kaleidescope of color blankets the Park.
This largest state park in New Hampshire offers specific trails for mountain biking. Intermediate and advanced terrain are encountered within the park. Six trailheads around the park disperse use, reducing visitor impact. All trails are marked so that blazes are visible at all times, and every brook is bridged to support bike, motor bike, or snowmobile traffic. Winter access is heavily traveled by snowmobiles, and the trails are marked at all junctions, and bridges.
Pisgah Ridge Trail: 7.8-miles round trip
Bear Pond Trail
Balance Rock Trail
Mad Road Trail (Yellow Plastic Markers)
Ridge Link: 1/2 mile
Note: Trails closed to mountain biking are signed with a "No Bikes" symbol. Most the trails close for "mud season" in the Spring.
Take the time after your ride to take a side trip to explore magnificent Covered Bridges a stones throw away in the towns of Winchester and Swazney. The four bridges in Swanzey, as well as two in neighboring Winchester, the Ashuelot and Coombs Bridges, are six of the remaining 54 in New Hampshire.
Read more about Bikes and Covered Bridges Trails in New Hampshire
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