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For the gorge of the same name in Massachusetts, see Chesterfield Gorge (Massachusetts).
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Chesterfield Gorge Natural Area
Chesterfield Gorge, Chesterfield NH.jpg
Footbridge over Partridge Brook
Location 1823 Route 9, Chesterfield,
Cheshire County, New Hampshire
Area 13 acres (5.3 ha)
Elevation 712 ft (217 m)
Established 1948
Administered by New Hampshire Division of Parks and Recreation
Designation New Hampshire state park
Website Chesterfield Gorge Natural Area

Chesterfield Gorge Natural Area, also known as Chesterfield Gorge State Wayside, is a 13-acre (5.3 ha) state park on Route 9 in Chesterfield, New Hampshire. The park conserves a rocky gorge with waterfalls on Wilde Brook. There is picnicking, a seasonal visitor center, and .7-mile (1.1 km) trail on either side of the brook.

The park owes its existence to local farmer George White, who bought the gorge in 1936 to protect it from clear-cut loggers. White sold 15 acres (6.1 ha) to the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, which then donated the land to the state. As Chesterfield Gorge Wayside Picnic Area, the park dates from 1948.

Chesterfield Gorge - Lower Falls
Lower Falls - Oct 2020 - Thatcher
Chesterfield Gorge - Overview
Gorge Overview - Oct 2020 - Thatcher


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