Henniker, New Hampshire, is a scenic New England community situated on the Contoocook River. The river flows through the town’s center under the covered and stone arch bridges. This region provides access to many outdoor activities for all seasons. In addition, cultural events abound.
Pats Peak Ski Area offers day and night skiing, snowboarding and snowtubing for all ages and abilities. Lessons and equipment rentals are available. Open from early December to late March.
Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing is available on the Henniker Trail Travelers snowmobile trails and on Old Concord Road on the athletic fields and flood plane controlled by the Army Core of Engineers. New England College also offers three Cross Country trails with easy and moderate trail levels.
The Henniker Trail Travelers Snowmobile Trails are maintained by the Henniker Trail Travelers Snowmobile Club.
Public skating and Open Hockey is available at New England College's Lee Clement Arena, home to the Pilgrim men’s and women’s ice hockey teams. Residents and students alike can be found cheering the teams on at the home games. Schedules can be found on the NEC web site.
Ice fishermen can be found on Pleasant Pond during the winter months.
Henniker offers many hiking trails options including the Historic Fire Tower, Craney Hill, Mt. Liberty Extension, Totten Trails State Forest and Devil’s Den.
Walks along the Amey Brook and Leather Board Bridge Trails are also available.
Azalea Park, near the Henniker Stone Arch Bridge, offers an area for picnicking.
Swimming is available at Pleasant Pond, French Pond and the Contoocook River.
There are lots of options for Street Biking. There is the Henniker Town Loop or you can bike along to other local towns.
Pats Peak offers a Mountain Biking trail through the woods and along the ski trails. The Mink Hills offer Mountain Biking trails.
Henniker offers a Summer Concert Series on Tuesday evenings at 7 pm at Community Park starting at the end of June and continuing for 10 weeks. Concerts feature local and regional musicians. In case of rain, the concerts are moved indoors in the Community Center.
The Contoocook River offers many things to do including fishing, fly fishing, canoeing, kayaking, tubing and swimming.
Other fishing locations include Pleasant Pond and French Pond.
Springtime is a great time to visit local Maple Sugar Houses.NH Maple Weekendtakes place in mid-March when sugar houses are opened and offer sweet treats to visitors.
The foliage is beautiful in the fall in Henniker. There are also Pick Your Own locations, where you can pick apples, raspberries, blueberries, pumpkins, gourds, squash and more. Licensed hunters are welcome on non-posted land. Deer, turkey and moose have been taken within Henniker town lines.
The Henniker Bridge built in 1972 spans the Contoocook River. This covered bridge is accessed via the New England College campus and is limited to pedestrian use.
The Henniker Stone Arch Bridge is located in the center of town and can be viewed from Azalea Peak, behind the Henniker Community School.
Enjoy a Scenic Drive through the Henniker Area year round on the Currier & Ives Scenic Byway Trail, a 30 mile long drive that takes the traveler on a tour of quintessential New England.
New England College offers a variety of cultural events including plays and art shows along with many athletic events year round. Visit the calendar on the Chamber web site to learn more.
The Tucker Free Library not only contains many books and audiovisual items it also has a Children's Room, Junior Room along with Young Adult Collections. Computers offer patrons access to the Internet and wireless internet is available.
Many residents enjoy a variety of events at the Community and Teen Center on Main Street. The Henniker Community Market is open on Thursdays from 3pm-7pm at the Commuinty Park and move into the Community Center during the colder weather season.
The Henniker Historical Society is a museum, archive and research facility open with limited times, year round.