Ride The Wilds to Open May 23 for 2016 Riding Season

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May 17, 2016

Northern NH Set to Ride the Wilds: 1,000-plus Miles of Interconnected OHRV Trails Open May 23

Largest trail system in the northeast offers extraordinary opportunities for OHRV enthusiasts and novices alike to explore northern NH’s scenic, natural beauty

LANCASTER, NH – Northern New Hampshire’s Ride the Wilds trail network—1,000-plus miles of interconnected OHRV trails— will officially open for the 2016 season Monday, May 23, weather permitting. One of the largest OHRV trail networks in the country, spanning the entirety of New Hampshire’s Coos County, Ride the Wilds is America’s premier destination for experienced OHRV enthusiasts and those wishing to learn in the eastern United States.

“The Ride the Wilds trail network offers more than 1,000 miles of interconnected riding in stunningly beautiful New Hampshire settings,” said Stephen Clorite, President of the North Country OHRV Coalition, the organization that facilitates the Ride the Wilds initiative. “Beyond the sheer size and breathtaking scenery, what makes this trail network a national destination for OHRV riders is that it affords easy and convenient access to restaurants, local shops, gas stations and other northern New Hampshire destinations by allowing riders to drive on many local roads.”

The Ride the Wilds network, which provides three seasons of riding, offers an endless array of options for starting and stopping points, 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 to the north and west. All towns within the Ride the Wilds trail system allow OHRVs on specified roads to access services like food, gas and lodging, or to connect with other sections of trail. Riders should look for “OHRV Permitted” signs on open sections of highway. The connectivity allows riders to explore the trail network, without trailering, on multi-day excursions through New Hampshire’s mountains, pastures, and dense forest.

The new Ride the Wilds website, RideTheWilds.org, which launched earlier this year, offers information on the trail system itself, locations  to park and access trails, detailed trail maps, information on registering your OHRV in New Hampshire, where to find food and fuel along the trails, shops for renting an OHRV, or taking a guided tour and much more.

“With Ride the Wilds, the options are endless and that is what makes this trail network so special,” said Karl Stone, Marketing Manager for New Hampshire Grand, the official visitor information source for the Great North Woods and the Northern White Mountains. “Ride the Wilds has become a marquee attraction for New Hampshire’s Grand North, drawing travelers from all over the northeast and the eastern part of the country. Riders can explore the unmatched scenic beauty of northern New Hampshire, and easily connect with the Grand North’s array of attractions, lodging, dining and shopping opportunities—without ever needing to trailer their OHRV.”

Some highlights of the Ride the Wilds trail system include:

  • More than 120 miles of trails in the 8,000-acre Perry Stream Land and Timber Company holdings maintained by the Great North Woods ATV Club in Pittsburg
  • More than 120 miles of trails maintained by the Metallak ATV Club in Stewartstown, Colebrook, Columbia and Dixville
  • More than 130 miles of trails in Millsfield maintained by the Millsfield ATV Club
  • 50 miles of trails in Success and Milan maintained by the Sunset ATV Club
  • 80 miles of trails in the 7,500-acre Jericho Mountain State Park in Berlin maintained by the Androscoggin Valley ATV Club
  • More than 120 miles of trails across 30,000 acres in Stratford maintained by North Country ATV.

The Ride the Wilds trail network was developed by 11 non-profit OHRV clubs, which perform all maintenance for this economic initiative—with no tax dollars. There is no fee for utilizing the Ride the Wilds trail system. Visit www.nhstateparks.org/experience/atving/trail-information.aspx for a complete list of trail openings.

Ride the Wilds is not just for those who own OHRVs. Several businesses along the Ride the Wilds trail network offer OHRV rentals, all necessary safety equipment, and guided tours, including Bear Rock Adventures in Pittsburg, and White Mt. ATV in Gorham.

For information on the Ride the Wilds trail network, where to rent an OHRV, or to enjoy a guided tour, please visit RideTheWilds.org.

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Ride the Wilds – Northeast’s Largest Interconnected ATV Trail Network

Ride the Wilds is the Northeast’s largest interconnected OHRV trail system, offering over 1,000 miles of trails across Coos County, New Hampshire.   Trails are suited for both novice and experienced riders alike.  The varied terrain of the Ride the Wilds trail system includes everything from wide sections of undeveloped land that encompass the mountains, bogs, pastures and panoramas of northern New Hampshire, to graveled roads, woods trails, and plenty of messy muddy areas.

To accommodate riders, all the towns within the Ride the Wilds trail system allow OHRVs on town roads to access services such as food, gas and lodging, or to connect with other sections of trail.  Riders simply have to look for OHRV Permitted Signs on open sections of highway.  This unique experience allows riders to have a more relaxing experience while enjoying traditional northern New Hampshire communities.

Dedicated in June 2013, Ride the Wilds offers three seasons of OHRV riding and makes it possible to head out for a day or much more, thanks to opportunities to stop and stay along the way.  Starting and stopping points may be selected from more than a dozen options, including 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, Columbia, Stratford, Groveton and Lancaster to the north and west.

“To have a network of OHRV trails of this magnitude, located so close to major metropolitan areas offers riders the chance to feel far away, but still be close to home.  Ride the Wilds offers an adventurous experience that can’t be found anywhere else in New England”, stated Harry Brown, President of the New Hampshire Off Highway Vehicle Association.

Current and potential OHRV’ers looking to learn more about Ride the Wilds can visit: RideTheWilds.org.  Or contact: [email protected]