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Bishop Brook Forest

Stewartstown, Coos County, NH
03597
Price: $46,000
Acres: 93
Type: Multiple Uses
Availability: Sold
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Introduction
Location
Access
Site Description
Timber
Special Features

Introduction

Bishop Brook Forest is an easily accessible parcel located just north of the village of Stewartstown and highlighted by 500’ of brook frontage and direct access to the state snowmobile trail network.  A small meadow offers a scenic view looking west down the brook valley.  The upslope terrain may offer a building option with careful site inspection and planning. Here’s a well-located North Country parcel that offers a great launching site for a host of recreational pursuits.

Location

The parcel is located in Stewartstown, New Hampshire, a small rural town in the Connecticut River Valley and just a few miles from the Canadian border.

Surrounded by vast, unbroken forests and small family farms along the river valley, the town’s history has long been associated with timber barons, river drives, industrial forestry, and wood products manufacturing. As the forest industry gradually downsized over the past 30 years, back-country recreation has grown in popularity to the extent that snowmobiling and all-terrain vehicle trail-riding have now become major economic contributors to the region.

The forest is located just over a mile east of Route 3 and about two miles north of the Stewartstown village. Canaan, Vermont is just across the river and shares a similar history of logging, farming and sawmilling, most notably the Ethan Allan furniture factory, which still produces finished lumber for its furniture plants.  To the north via Route 3 lies a largely private, commercial forest that stretches all the way to the Canadian border, providing thousands of acres for back-country recreation of all kinds.

Manchester, NH is located approximately 3 hours' drive to the south, and Boston, Massachusetts is located 212 miles away or just under a 4-hour drive.

Access

The parcel has approximately 2,360’ of frontage on Bishop Brook Road, a gravel, town-maintained road with power and utilities that commence off State Route 3 just a mile to the west.

Internally, a woods road crosses through the property, providing access to the meadow along Bishop Brook.  This same road becomes a major snowmobile trail in the winter.

Site Description

The parcel terrain includes two ends of the spectrum, separated by Bishop Brook Road which traverses the middle. 

On the west side of the road, the parcel features flat terrain comprised of a forested wetland and a small grassy meadow along the edge of Bishop Brook.  Soils are poorly-drained and subject to seasonal flooding. Building here would be challenging at best, if state wetland setbacks would even allow it. (Buyers are advised to consult state wetland regulations.)

Conversely, the east side of Bishop Brook Road has a moderate to steep slope with rocky, well-drained soils, with the exception of a few intermittent streams.  Building options here are also limited. Careful site planning would be necessary to identify a building site and locate a driveway at a reasonable gradient.

Timber

The forest on the brook valley side is mostly spruce, fir, some tamarack and scattered red maple and birch. The wetland soils and over-mature condition of the softwood relegate this area to wildlife habitat.

On the upland side is a northern hardwood forest of birch, maple and beech.  Average stem diameters indicate there may be some commercial value; however, the steep slope and intermittent (surface) run-off would limit the viability of a harvest operation.

Special Features

The small meadow offers a view down the valley while the winding turns of Bishop Brook provide a scenic element and potential trout fishing opportunity.

If the terrain allows, a small seasonal residence located on the upland side would provide direct access to the North Country’s extensive snowmobile network.

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