Below is the press release the NH Trails Division released regarding permitting off-road vehicles to ride on state highways. This means that with approval, communities can now open up their streets and roads to off-road use, connecting our fantastic NH ATV trail systems to our quaint Main Streets. This is a huge win-win for enthusiasts but more so for local businesses. Northern NH is now more than ever, going to be a destination location for OHRV enthusiasts from all over New England looking to ride New Hampshire ATV Trails; the stage has been set for them to spend their money right here in the North Country.
Now, before you go riding your bike, ATV or UTV down your local roads, do yourself (and everyone else) a favor and contact your local club or authorities and find out if you are in a off-road friendly community with road permission or not, this will keep you out of trouble
CONCORD – In an effort to enable ATV riders to reach fuel, lodging and
restaurants in Coos County, Governor Hassan and the New Hampshire Bureau of Trails announced the approval of permits allowing off-road
vehicles to travel on state highways.
“Allowing off-road vehicles to travel on state highways will help make
New Hampshire’s unparalleled ATV-riding experiences an even greater
success,” Governor Hassan said. “This will make more trails
accessible to riders, helping drive business to shops, restaurants and
other properties in Coos County and strengthening our travel and
In preparation for the Jericho ATV Festival, which runs July 26 and
27 at Jericho Mountain State Park in Berlin, crews from the Bureau of
Trails will install temporary signs along US Route 2 and state Route
16 in Gorham, as well as along Bridge Street in Colebrook and Main
Street in Stewartstown.
The Gorham sections of highway will make riding available from Jericho
Mountain State Park and the Ride the Wilds’ Coos Loop directly to
motels and restaurants in Gorham and allow local residents direct
trail access from certain town roads.
“This will enable riders to come off the trails and into these
communities, where they can fill up with gas, get something to eat or
spend the night,” said Christopher Gamache, chief of the Bureau of
He said he expects the signs to be installed by Thursday. The
Department of Transportation will install permanent signs next month.
Off-road vehicles will have to ride in the travel lane, with traffic,
and operate at posted highway speeds, Gamache said.
“Riding on the highway is going to be a new experience for OHRV users
and riders, and motorists need to be aware of one another,”
Gamache said. “This is a tremendous step forward to connecting
existing trail-riding opportunities in Coos County, but we want to
make sure that the existing motorists and the OHRV riders coexist
safely on the roads, so paying attention to signs will be extremely
Cooperation between local businesses, OHRV clubs, local communities
and state and federal agencies “have worked very well together this
year to make these improvements to turn Coos County into an OHRV
The Trails Bureau website, as well as municipal websites and OHRV
sites, will be updated with the road routes and conditions for use
early next week.
The Bureau of Trails is a part of the New Hampshire Division of
Parks & Recreation. The division manages over 73 state parks,
campgrounds, thousands of miles of trails, historic sites, waysides
and natural areas. The division is part of the Department of
Resources and Economic Development. For more information about
today’s announcement or the Bureau of Trails, please call
603-271-3254 or visit www.nhtrails.org