ATV-ing in NH’s Connecticut Lakes Region
Ride the Wilds Trail System
The Connecticut Lakes Region enjoys miles of inter-connected ATV trails. Part of the 1000 mile “Ride the Wilds” trail system, the towns of Pittsburg, Clarksville, Stewartstown and Colebrook enjoy near limitless ATV and quad riding. The terrain in the Connecticut Lakes Region varies. Here you’ll find easy gravel roads, steep mountain trails to scenic vistas, low lying, muddy areas and wide open trails that were previously rail bed.
Many local restaurants and lodges are located on the ATV trail. Arrive at your private cabin or lodge room and then hit the trail! The trail system is open Memorial Day Weekend and continues through the end of September. Bring the camera along the for photo opportunities such as deer, moose and of course, the incredible scenic beauty of the Connecticut Lakes.
The ‘Ride the Wilds‘ trail system opened in the spring of 2013. Boasting more than 1000 miles of interconnected ATV trails, the ‘Ride the Wilds‘ trail system is a unique experience. Designed to combine scenic beauty, overlooks and vistas, with a variety of challenging terrain, the trail system has something for everyone. From short day rides to overnight trip exploring Coos County, the trail system is the best in the North East. Navigating is easy. The trails are well marked with directional arrows, speed limits, warning signs and informational kiosks.
New Hampshire requires ATVs and Quads to be registered in state. There are many numerous registration agents near the trails. Here is a list. There is no fee to ride the trail system. The trail systems is open to registered rigs. Drivers must be 18 years of age or older with a valid drivers license. Drivers 14 years old, and up, must have proof of a completed a NH approved OHRV course.
Here is a map of the Ride the Wilds Trail System, click here. This family friendly trails system has rocky climbs, gravel roads and steep descents. Respect the trails, much of the trails pass over private land. Local ATV clubs work with land owners to gain access to land to create the trail system. Land owners graciously allow use. Land owner appreciations and respect is expected from trail users. Club locals host annual land owner appreciation cook outs and other events. Get involved and join a club today!
ATV and Quad Rentals
No ATV? No problem! ATV Rentals are available from rental agencies such as Bear Rock Adventures or from local lodging establishments. Choose from new model ATVs and Quads. Rentals come with a helmet, a trail map for navigating the miles of trails and instruction. Choose a full day or half day rental and then hit the trails! ATV models for single rider or two riders or a 4 person unit. ATV riding is a great way to experience the vast forest in the Great North Woods. Be sure to include a day of ATV-ing during your next vacation to the Connecticut Lakes Region of New Hampshire.