Grand Opening for 1,000-mile “Ride the Wilds” Trail System Set for June 15 

By Edith Tucker
Coos County Democrat

March 6, 2013

STEWARTSTOWN — The likelihood that completing a 1,000-mile-long interconnected ATV trail system in Coös County — now branded “Ride The Wilds” — in time for summer riding is now so great that an all-day Grand Opening will be held on June 15 at Coleman State Park.

“We chose that day because we figure that even the system’s remote trails at higher elevations will be dry enough to open up,” explained Harry Brown of Stewartstown, president of the North Country OHRV Coalition that is co-sponsoring the celebration with the state Bureau of Trails.

New Hampshire Grand recently assisted the Coalition by facilitating a strategic messaging session with all the participants interested in working together for the success of an interconnected trail system. Each of the 15 ATV clubs represented by the Coalition is eligible to have one board member.

Common signage, easily accessible maps, a logo and website — and possibly mobile apps — are all on the docket as the Coalition’s next steps.

Brown, who has been untiring in his efforts to connect the trail system so that ATV riders don’t have to trailer their vehicles from one location to another, compares “connectivity” to opening up a new factory. “It’s a new economic development driver that will help existing small businesses, like the Diamond Peaks Motel and Store on Route 26 in Colebrook, and spur new hospitality oriented enterprises to open up, from restaurants to rental and repair shops.

“It’s all coming together,” Brown explained in a Wednesday afternoon phone interview.

“Members of the OHRV Coalition believe that connecting up the trails will help bring riders from across the Northeast to the 7,500 acre Jericho Mountain State Park in Berlin as well as customers into downtown Colebrook and other North Country communities.”

Many people — club members, boards of selectmen, the Coös county commissioners and delegation, state Bureau of Trails and personnel in other state DRED divisions — have worked hard to make this happen, Brown explained. He happily concluded, “The Grand Opening on June 15 will indeed be a grand day!”

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