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SE201306 - Ride the Wilds

Ride the Wilds, Coos County!

Imagine hopping on your ATV and riding for miles and miles and miles under a wide blue sky across the rugged forested landscape of northern New Hampshire. Towering pine trees, burbling streams, open meadows, pristine lakes, craggy ridges, majestic mountains and outstanding panoramas beckon with the promise of a day — or a weekend! — of unparalleled riding that is as close as the nearest trailhead.

Get ready for the ATV riding experience of a lifetime with the Grand Opening on Saturday, June 15, of Ride the Wilds, Coos County, the new 1,000-mile+ interconnected ATV trail system across Coos County that will deliver a riding experience that you have only just long imagined.

The noon to 3 p.m. event at Coleman State Park in Stewartstown is the kick-off to a summer and fall of exciting ATV riding that will allow riders to access more than 1,000 miles of interconnected trails, from Berlin, Gorham, Milan and Errol on the eastern side of the county, through Millsfield and Dixville in the middle, to the Connecticut River towns of Pittsburg, Stewartstown, Colebrook, Stratford, Groveton and Lancaster on the west, all without trailering their rigs from one location to another.

The Grand Opening will feature a traditional ribbon cutting, several keynote speakers, lunch, and guided trail tours. ATV dealers will be on hand showcasing their products and services. “ATV riders are going to love the ‘connectivity’ of the trails – and will be able to head out for a day or more, with opportunities to stop and stay along the way,” says Harry Brown, President of the North Country OHRV Coalition.

Included in the trail system are the 8,000-acre Perry Stream Land and Timber Company holding in Pittsburg, the 7,500-acre Jericho Mountain State Park in Berlin, and more than 120 miles of trails across 30,000 acres in Stratford.

Ride the Wilds, Coos County was made possible through the efforts and hard work of many people throughout Coos County, including sixteen OHRV clubs and their members, local community business leaders, Boards of Selectmen, the Coös County Commissioners and the County Legislative Delegation. In addition, two state agencies were working partners in the development and implementation of Ride the Wilds — the NH Bureau of Trails of the Department of Resources and Economic Development and the NH Fish and Game Department.

The Grand Opening is presented by the North Country OHRV Coalition and the NH Bureau of Trails. The Coalition is about to launch its new website at www.ridethewilds.org. ATV club and trail information is available at www.nhstateparks.org.