Ride the Wilds: 1,000+ Miles of Interconnected Trails Set to Open on May 23

Five regions of trails to choose from in NH’s Grand North for ATV Enthusiasts and First-Time Riders

May 20, 2014

LANCASTER, NH –The entire Ride the Wilds™ network of 1,000+ miles of interconnected All-Terrain-Vehicle (ATV) trails spanning New Hampshire’s Coos County is set to open for the 2014 season Friday, May 23. One of the largest networks of Off-Highway Recreational Vehicle (OHRV) Trail Systems in the country, Ride the Wilds is the premier destination for ATV riders and those wishing to learn in the eastern United States. It is recognized as a “Grand Adventure” by NH Grand, the official visitor information source for Coos County.

“More visitors from all over the Northeast and down to the mid-Atlantic are incorporating ATVs into their NH Grand North vacation plans. Like no other ATV destination in the country, Ride the Wilds is more than just a trail system,” said Harry Brown, President of the North Country OHRV Coalition, a leader of the Ride the Wilds initiative. “This network allows riders to conveniently get from trails to restaurants, local shops, gas stations, and accommodations on main roads, all while exploring 1,000 connected miles of trails throughout Coos County. Riders can travel throughout New Hampshire’s Grand North without having to trailer vehicles from one location to the other.”

“Now in its second full season, Ride the Wilds has literally put Coos County ‘on the map’ as the Northeast’s number one destination for ATV trail riding,” said Cathy Conway, Executive Director of NH Grand. “It has quickly become one of the many outstanding ‘Grand Adventures’ that visitors love so much about New Hampshire’s North Country.”

Ride the Wilds, which spans the entirety of Coos County, consists of five regions or “portals” for riders to choose from: North Portal in Pittsburg; Northwest Portal spanning Colebrook, Stewartstown, Columbia and Stratford; Northeast Portal spanning Millsfield, Errol, Dummer and Dix Grant; Southeast Portal spanning Berlin, Cambridge, Gorham, Milan and Success; and the Southwestern Portal spanning Lancaster and Groveton.
Riders could use the Ride the Wilds trail network to ride from the western side of Coos County clear across to the eastern edge of the county.

For example, they could start their adventure at Coleman State Park in Stewartstown, have lunch at the Moose Muck Coffee House in Colebrook, and then take off for Pittsburg, where they could have a great meal and a good night sleep at the Rainbow Grille & Tavern at the Tall Timber Lodge. Or, riders could begin at Jericho Mountain State Park in Berlin with 80 miles of varied and exciting terrain, have lunch at the Northland Restaurant and Dairy Bar in Berlin, ride to Errol and have dinner at the Hawg Trawf, and then spend the night at the Errol Motel. Or perhaps riders would rather kick off their ride in Lancaster, before making their way north into Groveton and Stratford—the options are endless.

All towns within the Ride the Wilds trail system allow ATVs on town roads along with some state highways to access services such as food, gas and lodging, or to connect with other sections of trail. Look for ATV Permitted signs on open sections of highway.  “A fantastic experience for the whole family, Ride the Wilds is not only the best-kept secret of ATV enthusiasts, it is also a great vacation adventure option for those wanting to try it for the first time. Several businesses along the Ride the Wilds trails offer ATV rentals, all necessary safety equipment, as well as the option of taking guided tours,” said Corrine Rober, of Bear Rock Adventures in Colebrook, which provides ATV rentals, guided tours and access to the Ride the Wilds network. “You do not need to own an ATV to experience all the thrills, scenery and fun of Ride the Wilds since there are plenty of affordable rental options as well.”

The following businesses offer rentals, guided tours, sales, and/or service:

Absolute PowerSports (rentals, tours, sales and service)
461 Main Street, Gorham, NH 03581

Bear Rock Adventures (rentals & tours)
107 Bear Rock Road, Colebrook, NH 03576

Dalton Mountain Motorsports (rentals, sales & service)
475 Lancaster Road, Lancaster, NH 03584

Jericho Motorsports (rentals, tours, sales and service)
232 Jericho Road, Berlin, NH 03570

Northeast Snowmobile & ATV Rentals (rentals & tours)
299 Main Street, Gorham

In making Ride the Wilds a reality, Brown credited the grassroots efforts of the North Country OHRV Coalition, which consists of 11 OHRV clubs, four chambers of commerce, and five snowmobile clubs, who worked together to build, maintain and market the trails. Each organization has one board member serving on the Coalition. Ride the Wilds has partnered with New Hampshire Grand, the official visitor information source for the Grand North, to encourage tourists to ride the trails and experience the numerous attractions, restaurants, shops, and adventures northern New Hampshire has to offer.

The Grand Opening of the trail system was commemorated last June at Coleman State Park in Stewartstown. NH Governor Maggie Hassan cut the ribbon celebrating the opening of the new and increasingly popular attraction.

Private landowners, local and State Police, the NH Fish & Game Dept., the Bureau of Trails for the Department of Resources and Economic Development, Border Patrol, Coos County municipalities and the Coos County Sheriff’s Department contributed to the Ride the Wilds effort. New Hampshire Grand facilitated a strategic messaging session with clubs interested in working together to support Ride the Wilds.

About NH Grand
“Experience New Hampshire’s Grand North” is the brand of New Hampshire’s North Country marketing initiative — also known as NH Grand — and is the official visitor information source for the Great North Woods and the Northern White Mountains. New Hampshire Grand is an initiative of the Northern Community Investment Corporation to promote Coos County to potential visitors. This outreach effort includes introducing visitors to the diverse range of lodging, dining, events, and outdoor activities available in Northern New Hampshire.
For more information on NH Grand, visit www.nhgrand.com, New Hampshire Grand on Facebook, and NH Grand on Twitter. To sign up for the monthly e-newsletters, visit http://www.nhgrand.com/newsletter-sign-up/default.aspx


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