Riverview Forest offers the greatest potential as a secluded houselot opportunity, where the front five acres can be reserved for a home site, and the back 20 acres is best suited for recreational trails, occasional woodlot management and quiet enjoyment.
The parcel is located in the southwest corner of Henniker, New Hampshire, a small but vibrant town of about 5,000, home to New England College and Pat’s Peak Ski Area. The town’s local economy offers significant employment, although many residents also commute to Concord or Manchester, both cities within a 30 to 45-minute drive.
Located at the intersection of two major roads - Routes 202/9 and Route 114 - Henniker provides easy commuting distance to a number of locations within the state’s southern tier. Manchester airport is approximately 36 miles away and Boston, Massachusetts is located 80 miles away or just over an hour’s drive, depending on traffic.
The parcel covers 1,675 feet of frontage on Western Avenue, a paved municipal road with power and utilities. This road travels east/west and connects the villages of Henniker and Hillsborough, where the road name changes to Contoocook Falls Road.
The parcel offers gently sloping topography along the road frontage, encompassing the front 2-3 acres. A residential building opportunity is readily apparent in this northeast corner fronting the road. While there appears to be ample acreage to site a home set back from the road and the brook, no percolation testing has been conducted. Beyond this area the slope gradually increases, becoming steep in places, but still quite accessible for recreational trails and woodlot management.
A small knoll rises just a few hundred feet from the northeast corner, offering a nice location for a picnic table or even a gazebo overlooking the lot and offering glimpses of the Contoocook River in the autumn, when the branches are bare.
Two intermittent brooks traverse the property. One small brook defines the southern boundary, while the other, more substantial brook parallels the northern boundary, coursing over rocky terrain. During the mid-summer, both brooks run very low, but are charging with water during spring melt-down.
The parcel is located directly across from a small but highly scenic, municipally-owned “conservation area” that follows a bend of the Contoocook River. The foot trail off Western Avenue is not well-marked, but it leads to a walkable and tranquil path with a few benches to sit and enjoy the river. This is an excellent place to slide a canoe or kayak in the spring when water levels are at their seasonal peak to take advantage of the white water in the river. When water levels drop back down, there are ample places to fish for trout in this cold water stream.