ATV Riding in New Hampshire

nehaca-atvnewhampshireAll-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) riding is one of the fastest growing activities in New Hampshire. From tip to base, Coos County to the Massachusetts border, there are ATV trails and terrain for your enjoyment.

One of the southernmost trail networks is in Pisgah State Park in Hinsdale.  Easily accessible to campgrounds in the Monadnock Region, Pisgah offers trails suitable for all levels of riders.  The trails may be a little smoother riding than experts are seeking, however they offer great views and a good parking area for larger trailers.

Another popular and easy to reach trail is the Rockingham Recreation Trail in Derry. This multipurpose trail is open to other recreational users including runners, cyclists and horses. Well-graded surfaces make it less challenging than power-specific parks. That said, the ability to combine ATV action one day and a trip to Hampton Beach the next, make the Rockingham Recreational Trail a nice option for campers in the Merrimack Valley and Seacoast regions.

Close to the White Mountains and the Lakes Region are three networks centered around the town of Warren: the Mount Moosilauke ATV Club, the Warren Trail and the privately operated Rock Pile Motorsports Park. Collectively these three are a true magnet for campers in the region and offer the chance to get in some track riding with man-made features, the chance to ride with local enthusiasts, visit a charming small town (with an original NASA rocket!) and have a true mountain experience.

Ride the Wilds is the name of the game when it comes to big mileage OHRV action in New Hampshire. It has 1,000 miles of trails, numerous on-site camping venues and easy access to all of Coos County. From sweeping vistas to narrow mountain passages, farmlands to forests, you will park your trailer once and ride like you’ve only imagined. Ride the Wilds connects with the Jericho Mountain Trails (Berlin) and Perry Stream Trails (Pittsburg). Ride the Wilds invites you to tour the North Country as only an OHRV rider can.

Things to Remember

Register your ATV in New Hampshire, wear a helmet, follow the laws and individual park and trail network rules, and be courteous. The local OHRV communities have worked tirelessly to provide trail access; please respect their dedicated efforts as well as the efforts and contributions of landowners, town officials, safety professionals and volunteers who make this all possible.  Consider joining a club, or multiple clubs, as an inexpensive way to say “thank you” for the great riding you are about to enjoy!  Happy Trails!

Websites for more ATV Riding information

New Hampshire ATV Clubs

New Hampshire regulations relating to off-road vehicles

Map of New Hampshire ATV Trails


Classic 4th of July Recipe — Salmon, Potatoes, and Peas


While hamburgers and hot dogs are typically part of every July 4th barbecue, consider this classic New England 4th of July menu of salmon, peas and potatoes, dating back to almost Revolutionary times.

This menu is not only fresh and readily available at this time of year, but it’s very easy to cook in a camp setting.

  • Salmon cooks nicely on the grill; unlike other “fall apart fish,” salmon holds together nicely and can also be wrapped in foil to keep the meat moist.
  • New potatoes make the best potato salad with very little boiling, and for a festive touch you can splurge on a variety bag of red, white and blue potatoes. Add some chopped onion and a few dollops of mayonnaise and you will soon wish you had made twice as much.
  • Fresh peas can be eaten raw or flash-boiled. Pop them into the potato salad or eat them by the forkful with butter and salt. Yum.

And for dessert, serve fresh strawberries – perfect on their own or with ice cream.

From East to West, South to North, You’re Sure to Find Fun on the Fourth!

nehaca-julyfourth-mascoma-lakeIndependence Day is right around the corner and New Hampshire’s towns are keeping the night sky hopping and popping all weekend long, right through July 4. The Union Leader gathers a comprehensive list of Independence Day fireworks shows, starting as early as June 28. Click here and find the show closest to you.

Here are a few that pop out at us!

  • July 1: Franconia has combined the uniquely New Hampshire holiday, Old Home Day, which encouraged city dwellers of the late 1800s to revisit their ancestral towns, and Independence Day, for a bang-up celebration that starts with pancakes at 9:30 am and wraps up with fireworks 12 hours later.
  • July 1: Pittsburg hosts a celebratory Steak & Lobster Feed. Learn more here.
  • July 1 – 4: Waterville Valley, a delightfully authentic mountain resort, features a friendly town square where day visitors, residents, and vacationers can select from a menu of celebration activities that would put a cruise ship to shame. From a parade (including decorated bicycles, the best), to outdoor family movies, family sporting events, dancing, and yes, fireworks, this one location truly has it all.
  • July 2: Jackson, the gateway village to Pinkham Notch, invites you to enjoy a free fireworks show. The show begins around 9 pm, but you’re invited to come to town early, find a good place to park, enjoy free popcorn and stroll the village.
  • July 1 and 4: Portsmouth’s Strawbery Banke, a living history museum located between downtown and the Piscataqua River, celebrates national achievements starting on Saturday with vignettes of American history from the 1700s through Victory Gardens of WWII. On Tuesday, July 4, the public is invited to witness a US Naturalization Ceremony and hear Governor Sununu read the Declaration of Independence (1:30 pm). There will be Old-Fashioned lawn games and much more. Thanks to BAE Systems, there is no admission fee on the 4th of July. Learn more here.
  • July 3: Portsmouth delivers stunning fireworks, year after year. Many viewing sites throughout town.