Amherst NH Area Info

Located less than 30 minutes south of Manchester, NH, Amherst has plenty of history and outdoor recreation to enjoy year-round. With around 12,000 residents and a land area of nearly 35 square miles, Amherst is a growing suburban-rural community that has successfully maintained many desirable historic and rural characteristics. This predominately residential town has a large number of Georgian, Federal, and Greek Revival houses.

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Amherst, NH has a great small-town feel while being close to larger cities such as Nashua and Manchester. Some popular events residents can enjoy are an annual Tree Lighting Festival, a 4th of July celebration, and the Wounded Heroes Golf Classic. 

Baboosic Lake in Amherst MADining

The Black Forest Cafe: With three areas offering different atmospheres, The Black Forest Cafe has something for everyone. The Dining Room serves lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch, offering great comfort foods, a fabulous atmosphere, great service, and local craft beers and wines. The Marketplace is a cafe that seats 20 and offers a variety of breakfast pastries, pies, cookies, a coffee bar, cold drinks, and hot and cold sandwiches. The Wifi Spot is a 24-seat lounge for folks age 16+ and offers superb lighting and plenty of plugs. 

Pastamore: specializes in serving fresh, high-quality, and delicious authentic Italian food in a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere. This is a spot the locals swear by!


Bog with Water During the FallResidents of Amherst enjoy numerous outdoor recreation areas, including Baboosic Lake, which covers over 225 acres and borders both Merrimack, NH as well as Amherst. Amherst is also home to the Ponemah Bog Wildlife Sanctuary, which features a 3-acre pond. The bog, which was created by the retreat of glaciers, offers a natural habitat to a diverse mix of wildlife, insects, and plants. The Joe English Reservation offers numerous hiking trails and is maintained by the Amherst Conservation Commission. 


Children in Amherst attend SAU 39 schools. Elementary-aged children attend Clark-Wilkins Elementary, while older children attend Amherst Middle and Souhegan High Schools, which also include students from Mount Vernon. 

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