Ausable River Forest
Ausable River Forest is a 203-acre riverfront retreat property located in the Plattsburgh Region of northern New York. The land’s significant Ausable River frontage lies ½ mile downstream of the renowned Ausable Chasm. This breathtaking gorge was carved deep into the region’s ancient bedrock during the last glacial retreat. Its canyon extends for nearly two miles and often exceeds 200 feet in depth. Exiting the canyon just upstream from the property, the river then forms a series of long pools of pocket water which provide ample tubing and fishing options along the tract’s frontage.
Port Kent is situated 5 minutes east of the property, where a 1-hour ferry ride connects New York’s lakeside communities to Burlington, VT. Plattsburgh is 10 miles to the north, while Albany is 130 miles to the south. New York City and Boston are 5.5 hours south and east respectively.
The property’s year-'round, paved road frontage, well-drained soils and good internal road development offer weekend home development opportunities. Access is as highlighted below: 400’ of frontage exists along US Route 9, linking the property with the nearby village of Keeseville and I-87 Exit 34 (3 miles). Electric utilities are available roadside, supporting immediate, cost-effective, year-round housing options. From Route 9, a 2,000’, gated, private gravel road extends into the heart of the land. This road crosses flat, well-drained terrain and is passable for SUV-type vehicle traffic.
The majority of the property occupies a generally well-drained plateau situated along the east bank of the Ausable River. Its forests and well-drained soils are highly suited to accommodate future housing and camp development. From its eastern reaches along Route 9, the land remains mostly flat for several hundred yards to the west. Its terrain remains steady to within 100’ of the river, where it then drops steeply off for 40-50’ before forming a gently-sloped bench that flanks the river’s immediate bank.
Two shallow wildlife sanctuary ponds can be found in the northern third of the property, providing excellent wildlife habitat for key species like whitetail deer, grouse and waterfowl.
The property enjoys 3,400’ of frontage along the Ausable River, one of the most well-recognized watersheds in the Adirondacks. Its frontage along such a significant water resource creates a unique investment opportunity for niche waterfront buyers seeking unique recreational retreat and conservation amenities.
As it flows along the property’s bounds, the river creates a long stretch of pocket water flowing over a glaciated bed of boulders and cobblestones. Ausable River’s scenic frontage provides an unspoiled canvas of opportunity to explore and enjoy. Outdoor activities can include hiking along its gravel shoreline, trout fishing, wading or just relaxing to the therapeutic sound of rushing water.