Saturday, April 19, 2014
The Associated Press
STEWARTSTOWN, N.H.— All-terrain vehicle enthusiasts planning long trips in northern New Hampshire will no longer have to haul their machines between breaks in the trail thanks to a new 1,000-mile interconnected trail system.
Gov. Maggie Hassan and other state officials celebrated the opening of the new system Saturday with a ribbon cutting at Coleman State Park.
Dubbed "Ride the Wilds," the network of trails for all-terrain vehicles winds throughout Coos County. More than a dozen off-road vehicle clubs worked with state agencies and local communities for years on the $86,000 project. Supporters hope the network will attract riders from across the Northeast, giving the area's restaurants, motels, and other businesses an economic boost.
The new trail system comes several years after the opening of Jericho Mountain State Park in Berlin, the only one in New England developed for ATVs and snowmobiles.
Building on that success, the state Legislature this year passed a pair of bills aimed at attracting more off-road vehicles: one to allow construction of a separate obstacle course for modified trucks and jeeps, and another allowing larger motorized vehicles on state trails.