Madame Sherri Forest
|The 488 acres of the Madame Sherri Forest was generously donated for conservation to the Society for the Preservation of New Hampshire Forests by Anne Stokes. The forest is named for the eccentric Madame Antoinette Sherri. Madame Sherri, who had worked as a costume designer for the Zigfield Follies in the 1920s, had built her country "Castle" in the woods of Chesterfield. She became famous (or infamous) for the parties she threw for visitors from the city and was said to have driven about the town during the summer wearing a fur coat and nothing else. Madame Sherri died in 1965 at the age of 84 but for many years prior the castle had fallen to neglect and vandalism. On October 18, 1962 it was destroyed by fire. The foundation, chimneys and a grand stone staircase from the once magnificent house can be seen adjacent to the Madame Sherri Forest on a side trail close to the entrance off the Gulf Road.|
|Ann Stokes and Daniels Mountain Map|
Ann Stokes Loop Trail
The Madame Sherri Forest is the jumping off point for the Ann Stokes Loop Trail. This loop covers nearly 2 miles and provides an interesting tour of both the Madame Sherri Forest and the James O'Neil Sr. Forest. The trail was dedicated October 17th, 1998 and has become one of the most popular trails exploring the natural beauty of Chesterfield. The loop includes a visit to Indian Pond as well as the excellent views of East Hill and covers widely varying terrain.
The Indian Pond Trail is a easy 45 minutes round trip hike to the secluded, beautiful mountain lake.
The Ann Stokes Loop is a 2 mile hike (1.5 hours) featuring varied terrain, rugged slopes and a stand of large hemlocks. East Hill provides exceptional views of the town of Chesterfield and Indian Pond.
The Daniels Mountain Loop is a 1.8 hike (1.5 hours) over moderate terrain with occasional steep sections. Special features are the tree covered summit of Daniels Mt. and two outstanding views (East Hill and Moon Ledge). The Daniels Mt. Loop is accessible from the Madame Sherri Parking Lot on the east leg of the Ann Stokes Loop (1/2 hour), or from Plain Road on the
Daniels Mt. Trail which is a 3/4 hour hike crossing small streams, passing by stone walls and through a magical forest of moss and hemlocks. This trail leads to the summit of the Daniels Mt. and links to the Daniels Mt. Loop.
The Madame Sherri Forest is located on the Gulf Road. Coming from the east on Rt. 9 take Rt. 63 south through Chesterfield Village past the town hall. At approx. 1.6 miles from Rt. 9 take a right on Stage Rd. and then shortly after bear left onto Castle Rd. Castle Rd will join Gulf Rd and continues to the Madame Sherri Forest approx. 2.6 miles from Rt. 63. The entrance on the left is notable for a red steel gate. From the west take a right just after the Riverside Store along the Connecticut River. Gulf Rd. bears quickly off to the left and continues approx. 2.2 miles to the forest entrance. All nonmotorized travel is welcomed on the trails.
The Daniels Mt. Trail and The Bear Mt. Trail can be approached several miles down Plain Road in Hinsdale or from Chesterfield, it is 2.4 miles from Rt. 9 take a right on North Hinsdale Road. Travel 1.6 miles to the Daniels Mt. Trail (right after Pulpit Rock) and .7 of a mile further to the Bear Mt. ConnectorTrail. At the Bear Mt. Trailhead across the road is the Bear Mt. Trial to Kilburn Pond Trailhead in Pisgah.
Bear Mt. Connector Trail is a moderately steep .7 mile hike to the Moon Ledge view on the Daniels Mt. Loop or 2.8 miles to Indian Pond on the Anne Stokes Loop and 1.1 miles to the Daniels Mt. summit (1230').
Bear Mt. Trail is a 1.7 mile trail to the Rt. 63 and leads to the Kilburn Trailhead in Pisgah and includes a view of the Vermont mountains.